Recently, I was asked to customize a pair of our classic up swept feather wings for a client in Australia. What I had thought would be the standard airbrushing of a pair of white wings, instead turned out to be so much more. After taking on the commission I found that these wings needed to be a solid combination of purple and red with gold edging the feathers, with no white showing at all. Usually when I airbrush, I can take a pair of already made white wings and airbrush the color over them, but leaving some of the white as well. The technique I use is kind of neat because the shape of the feathers is accentuated which is especially good for stage performances where you really want to see detail from afar.
I found my new commission to be tricky, as my client really preferred to not have any white showing at all! I considered my options, dyeing the feathers would take a long time as each feather would need to be steamed to bring back its shape after drying. This is, as you can imagine, a very tedious process. Just to dye and steam would take two full days for a pair of 28” feather wings , also requiring a really good audio book or lots of fun music cued up!
My other option for these wings , which I decided would be best , was to hand airbrush each feather individually, and then build the wings. I had underestimated the amount of time it would take to do this, the bench time was way higher than I had imagined. But the result was fantastic! If I ever do this again I would have to charge more, but I’m happy to have had the opportunity to explore this new colorful look for our wings!
What do you think?