How to “automate” this drawing process using brushes?

I’m drawing a ton of birds (many different species) all from the same angle and am struggling with drawing the wings over and over. Bird wings generally have 3 rows of feathers that all look a little different.

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What I want to do is make a brush, so I can keep drawing similar wings with different lengths. So far I’ve tried doing a pattern brush using this shape:
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Here was the result:
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Is there a way for me to make this brush in a way that shows the feathers changing angle and size like the rows of feathers in pictures?


You could use a Scatter Brush in Illustrator rather than a pattern brush.

Simply draw one shape… however you want no gradients or effects though, simple fills and strokes. And choose Scatter Brush after dragging the art to the Brush Panel. From there, it’s a matter of adjusting the brush options.

Be certain to set the Rotation Relative To: to path rather than the default “page”.

CS6 screenshots, but it’s basically the same

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This allows you to simply alter the the rotation amount to better suit any particular piece.

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And… if you set the Colorization Method in the Brush Options, you can alter the coloring merely by changing the stroke color of the base path.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Emily , Answer Author : Scott

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