Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Quick tips

The NaMoPaiMo Facebook group is a treasure trove of information. Every time I visit the page, someone has shared a new tip or technique. Unfortunately, often these great little posts tend to get lost in the shuffle. In an effort to preserve them for later use, I like to bundle them up and present them again over here. Today's offerings include three quick tips from three accomplished artists: Lesli Kathman, Laura Skillern and Karen Lloyd.

From Laura Skillern: Working on a large pinto pattern on a dark horse? It helps to seal your base coat before starting your white markings. While painting white, little flecks of paint can spray on your base coat. These are super easy to remove with water and a q-tip if you’ve already sealed the base coat.
photo by Laura Skillern
Lesli Kathman writes: So here is my weird tip. Consistency of the paint is really important with acrylics, especially when painting white areas. If the paint is too thin it pools in the recesses and fills those areas. If it's too thick, it won't be smooth. I know what that consistency looks like going down, but I don't want to experiment on the horse - so I use the closest surface, which is my hand. Not only can I see how opaque the paint is, but I can feel the "drag" if the paint is too thick.
photo by Lesli Kathman
Just check your hands before you leave home. I often have what my kids refer to as "Dumbledore hand".
photo by Lesli Kathman
Karen Lloyd adds: My painting tip would be - whether it's painting white markings, mane / tail, or body areas, to try moving your brush in the direction of the hair growth pattern (as if the horse was real). I do this regardless of color(s), not just for hair by hair detail. The effect is very subtle, but creates a little more realism.
graphic by Melanie Miller
And... that's it for this week's edition of Tutorial Tuesday. Tune in next week for more great finish work tutorials!

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