ILLUSTRATOR & GRAPHIC DESIGN ARTIST
Who am I?
Hello! My name is Brianna and I am an illustration major. I intend to work as a Graphic Designer and incorporate my creativity and illustration mindset into my work. I’ve grown up in California and been here all of my life, but I intend on moving to the opposite side of the country shortly after my graduation!
Some of my favorite mediums are gouache, ink, and color pencil, but I get some of the best kicks out of trying new mediums or ways to create art. I like to surprise myself and others with the many possibilities that open up when you have the courage to be okay with failing. Because when they do work, those are the ones that I am most proud of.
An acrylic painting with feather assortment
The Chicken Alphabet
Rhode Island Red
A digital painting
Crone Book Cover
A digital painting
I’ve been doing feather paintings for a long while. Some of the paintings on feathers are works that I am the proudest of. People always ask: “Aren’t feathers too delicate for that?” But you’d be surprised how durable feathers actually are despite their appearance. Although, there is some letting go of some things that are out of your control like feathers that just want to split in certain areas, but that’s part of the fun is the problem solving. The trick is to do it in a lot of stages so the paint holds it together better each time it dries.
My go to medium when painting on feathers is oil paint as acrylic gets a bit thick on feathers and is a bit more noticeable than it would be on canvas. However, it can reasonably work well when oil is still pulling the bulk of the weight.
I collect a lot of feathers, but the types of feathers I use the most for painting on top of are turkey feathers as they provide the largest surface area to paint.
They also come in all sorts of beautiful variety from all parts of the turkey. Interestingly enough, if you were to try other large feathers such as “eagle” you will end up getting imitation feathers from the turkey. The multi-color feathers at hobby stores? Turkey. Quill feathers? Most likely turkey. They are a bit hard to get away from but at least they are very gorgeous!