Friday, February 3, 2017

Painting and teaching

Lots of people are sharing progress pictures of their NaMoPaiMo horses, but a few people have gone a step further and turned their progress pictures into mini tutorials.

I absolutely love that.

One of those generous painter/teachers is Stephanie Blaylock. In this series of photos, she shows us the early stages of painting a heavily flea bitten grey. Thank you so much, Stephanie!

In this first picture, the model is prepped in white primer and being readied for its acrylic base coat. Stephanie uses a mix of white, ivory, and sometimes flesh tones in very light washes.
The paint mix for this particular horse also included a dab of metallic white.
Once the base coat is finished, the non-fleabitten areas are taped off with masking tape.
The fleabites are made from a mix of brown tones ranging from burnt sienna to almost a maroon.
Now things get messy! The fleabites are flicked onto the horse using a toothbrush. Normally, Stephanie would use a paintbrush for this, but this horse is very large and requires good size fleabites.
Weird shaped spots are removed with a toothpick.
The model is inspected... 
andchalk pastels are used to shade the face. This is just the beginning for this horse. There's still lots more to do!
Stephanie's model is a Kristina Lucas Francis Muddier resin. She bought him in pieces, and he was literally put back together by Charlotte Donahue. 
Thank you again, Stephanie, for allowing us to peek over your shoulder as you work. I can't wait to see your big guy all finished up!


  1. I have used to tooth brush technique lots of times, I love it!

    1. I'd heard of people using toothbrushes for fleabites, but I've never (knowingly) seen the results. I have to say, I'm surprised by how awesome it looks!