One of the best parts of NaMoPaiMo is seeing all the different ways there are to paint a model horse. I especially like posts that challenge the "rules" of painting, like this tutorial from DeeAnn Kjelshus. Thank you, DeeAnn for opening my eyes to the possibilities of mixing acrylics and pastels without a layer of sealer in between!
Painting Details Around the Horse's Eyes
by DeeAnn Kjelshus
I thought I'd share some tips for painting details around the horse's eye. Doing a good job on this little area can really bring the sculpture's entire expression to life.
I highly recommend these little "Dental Micro Brushes" for detailing. I love them for pastels and have also used them with paint. They are available both on Amazon and eBay.
The pan pastels I used for around this tutorial are orange shade, red iron oxide shade, raw umber extra dark and black.
I start by lightly painting grey acrylic around his eye. I like to start with a light color. Flesh tone works well here too. This grey turned a little lavender because I hadn't sealed my pastels below. I'm not worried though. It will all be covered up by the time I'm done.I add a layer of pan pastel "red iron oxide shade".
I do not seal it. Instead, I add a layer of pan pastel "orange shade." I then use a clean brush to blend the two.
I still do not seal, but use my Dental Micro Brush to add in some shading in the crevices. Here I used pan pastel in "Raw Umber Extra Dark."
I blend those a little, and then add some more shading with black pan pastel.
I still haven't sealed, but now add some acrylic in raw sienna to define the expression I'd like.
I still don't use any sealer. I find at this stage it helps the acrylic blend with the pan pastel. I go back and forth here with the same pastel colors to start to get the shading and color I'd like.
Here I've painted in his eyeball to give me a sense of how it will feel and look. I also added a little more paint and pastels.
Finally, I seal the whole eye and add gloss. I still have to seal many times as I work more on his markings/face mane and tail but the gloss helps to wipe off any pastels that drift into his eyeball. I will gloss his eyeball again at the very end when he's ready to be complete.
And that's it! On to the next area!