How to Paint a Multi-color Tail
by Laura Skillern
It’s really, really, REALLY hard to paint in scale hair in a stablemate. However, a multi-color tail like on a tobiano still has a texture to it even if you can’t see the individual hairs.
I combined a couple techniques to find a happy medium. First, I alternated painting white and black hairs with a teeny tiny brush (18/0 spotter from Michaels).
Next, I went back over the tail alternating black and white Pan Pastels. I use an 1/8 inch angle brush for this. I try to get the black mostly in the deeper crevices of the tail to pump up the shading. I don’t dull coat in between the black and white, instead letting them blend on one layer. I will repeat this step a couple times until I’m happy with it.