This week's project was adding facial veins and whisker bumps. These were drawn on with a charcoal pencil.When I was satisfied with their placement, I mixed up a batch of runny messy, which is approximately 75% gesso, 25% modeling paste.
Using a small brush, I carefully painted over the charcoal guidelines. Depending on the consistency of the messo, this step may need to be repeated several times.
I allowed the messo to dry thoroughly and then refined the size and shape of the veins and bumps with a carbide scraper and fine grit sandpaper. After that, I used a wet paintbrush to soften them just a little bit more.
It took a lot of fussing, but I am quite pleased with the end result. Here's a before and after.
Except for a little bit more prepping, this girl is ready for paint. If all goes well, she just might be in basecoat by this time next week!