14. When the pattern on the head is ready we need to paint legs. I started from the fronts legs. First the pattern on the arm, ( Images 53-54) it is a bit complicated so it will be important now to compare as often as possible to the photos of real zebra pattern. Lower part of the leg is not that complicated but the lines are very thin. you need very thin brush and a paint of rather thin consistency (add thinner to the paint) yes, it is in general --> thin, thin, thin, lines, lines, lines (images 56-58). On the hind legs stripes are thicker in the upper part and then go gradually thinner in the lower part (images 59 and 60).
15. Now, when the zebra has all the stripes painted, it's time to add some other details and effects to the paintwork. I use pastels and fixative to get some nice, soft effects.
I apply the pigment with soft brushes, I have separate brush for each colour (Image 62).
Each colour need to be applied in 2-3 layers of pigments. Each layer must be protected with fixative and this must dry before applying next layer of pigment. Sometimes you need even more than 3 layers, especially in case of white pigment.
I used white pigment in few places: lower part of the belly stripes (like on images 62 and 63), stripes on the hindquarters (image 64) around the muzzle and on inner side of legs.
Later I put brown pigment on ears and also a bit on the muzzle. And black pigment on tail and mane and inside the ears (images62 and 63) You can also add a bit of grey pigment on the muzzle.
16. The last things to do are: the eyes, some small corrections if necessary and the protective layer of varnish (I use satin varnish most of the times).
I painted the eyes in few simple steps. I use metallic paints (copper colour and golden colour) for the iris but you can as well use the normal colours like brown and yellowish brown. Before you start painting the eyes you can paint part of the stripes under the eyes into brown colour (image 66).
Painting eyes in few steps:
Now, check if any places need corrections. You can add some details inside the ears. Now put protective layer of varnish (spray) on the figure. When it's dry you can add gloss varnish on the eyes.
And voila, the Grevy's zebra figure is finished!!!
Do you have any suggestions for future tutorials here? Or any questions about this one? Feel free to ask ;)
Time for the part 2 of the tutorial. We start from the zebra that looked like on the image 26 from the previous part of the tutorial.
10. If you have painted the stripes on the neck and shoulders (pictures 27 and 28) already it's now time to paint the ones on the barrel (images 29-33). Few tips that may be helpful here:
At the end of this step your zebra should look similar like on the pictures 32 and 33
11. Next step is to paint pattern on the hindquarters. In this step is extremely important to all the time compare work to the reference photos of real zebras because this pattern is quite complicated. It will vary a lot between specimens and it reminds fingerprints. Many zebras will have a small dot or short stripe in the middle of hindquarters pattern. But some will just have a kind of white triangle. In the rear part of the hindquarters the black lines become really very thin. When the pattern on this part is ready (it should be painted with a very thin brush, for example 10/0) paint also the small pattern on the tail, it's relatively easy now, just several very thin lines painted a bit irregularly in more or less horizontal arrangement. Tail lines should not go lower than in the middle of the total tail length. Images 34 to 40 will show you how I painted these elements. For now I would leave the legs white yet and start painting the head.
12. Time for painting the pattern on a head of the zebra. Start painting from the lines that goes from the eye corner to the nostrils area. (Images 41 and 42) Then add the lines below (images 43 and 44). These are thickest lines of all zebra head and have a bit more than 1 mm thickness. Other black lines on head have less then 1 millimetre, sometimes it will be less than a half. You can now also add the small marks above the eyes. The last step in this part of tutorial will be painting the stripes in the area between eyes ears and neck. Here the lines are quite thin again and usually have many branches (Images 45-47)
In the next part of the tutorial we will have to paint the thinnest lines on the legs and head and also add several softer effects with pastels and then paint the eyes.
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