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How to make feathers in Blender


Blender Insight writes:

I did an owl, like 6-7 months ago and people have asked me at least once a week how I did the feathers.

Since they are really easy to do I have answered in a couple of sentences... but now I have made a Youtube tutorial out of it, so you can follow along from start until you have your feather that you can place on a bird :)!

Good luck!

About the Author

My real name is Joakim Tornhill, but most people know me as "Blender Insight"... the procedural node & material guy :). I love how Blender can turn a simple sphere in to a photo realistic cherry, orange, planet or football....without using any external sources like images at all. That is amazing! However, I can do other Blender stuff as well (been at it since 2012) and share my knowledge as much as I can on YouTube at:


  1. Brian Lockett on

    Thought it was a cluster of bees, from the thumbnail. Pleasantly surprised to see feathers. :)

    Always one of those things that are very useful to know how to model, because when the time comes to tackle it, you find out there are so many different kinds!

    • They "Wave pattern" makes it a bit similar to bees. Might be better to distort it just a bit :).
      Yes, there is always a lot of stuff on how to do things and you always find another and another...the hard thing is to remember where you saw it when it is time to use it ;)!

  2. That feathered torus at the end is mind blowingly good. Especially considering how few actions you had to do to create a realistic base feather.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • No problem :)!
      Yes, it is rather easy to do...and if you want to, you can always just do one feather and then render that with alpha to make a "hair- or feathercard" and then you can create low poly feathers that can have all kind of styles and shapes :).

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