What brushes and/or technique would you use on the body of this owl

this is the reference for my current WIP and trying to push my (Krita/etc) learning always…I was looking at the feathers on the body of this owl and wondering about different brushes etc.

I have a few ideas in addition to my usual go-tos… but what would you use?

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solid round, solid soft, a couple of rake brushes , one of which has smudge, one smudge [sporadically]

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for the body, i would use a heavy textured brush and a smudge one too :wink: