First post in my blog will be about painting Grévy's zebra (Equus grevyi) model. This is model of zebra in scale 1:22, sculpted by me in 2014, it's available in unpainted version in the Likaon Wildlife Models shop (www.likaonmodels.com). I will try to write step by step and (I hope so) easy to understand tutorial
To paint the zebra like that you will need:
1. To the first step I actually don't have a picture, I think this is probably unnecessary. You just need to clean the model and put white primer on it and when it's dry paint it white.
2. I would suggest to paint now all easier black elements like: eyes, dorsal stripe and belly stripe (images 1-4). All these elements I painted using rather thin brush number 1 and black paint with a small dose of thinner. For the reference on belly stripe you should search images of rolling or resting Grevy's zebras. Painting dorsal stripe is a good idea also because it will help you to keep the (relative) symmetry of the pattern. Dorsal stripe in this scale should be about 5 millimetres wide.
3. Now time to paint some details on ears, inside the nostrils, and line in the mouth (this will be much softer line later on when you add pastels) and also around the hooves, underside of the pasterns and a tip of tail, (like on the images 5-8). Black colour on the tail tip should not extend about 1/5th of the total length of tail. This all can be done by brush 1 but to some details you may want to use even thinner ones (2/0 for example).
4. The next step will be painting the brownish area on the nostrils and muzzle. I used for that a kind of yellowish brown mixed with burnt sienna. Before painting it observe this shape also on photos of real zebras. Also make sure it's as symmetrical when you look at it from the front. (images 9-11)
5. Add some grey now. The hooves of these zebras are usually dark grey (mix black with a bit of white and brown for the base colour for hooves) you can use the same or a bit whiter grey for the chestnuts and udder. You can also do dry brush with a bit of grey on the muzzle. Don't worry, colour of muzzle will change a bit yet when you add some pastels later. Add also thin white line to the underbelly marking (look at images 12-15)
6. Now it's moment when you actually start working on the typical zebra pattern. Again I would suggest to chose the easiest ones for the start - one or two stripes on neck are usually the thickest. They should be about 2 millimetres wide in the widest place. Don't make them too regular. Zebra stripes are a bit like rivers or branches of some trees and not like stripes from barcode ;) . Note that the neck stripes from both sides are usually connected in the front and create some kind of collars for the zebra. Look at image number 16 and search good reference photos to compare.
7. Next step will be painting some major lines to make the further process of painting easier and find kind of order in the complicated pattern of zebra. On the images 17 and 18 you can see the shoulder stripes, these should go straight from the withers and then few centimetres lower they should split in two lines - one will go to the elbow and other one to the front of the animal. Observe this on real zebra, it will vary a bit in every specimen but usually you will find something similar on almost every one of them.
8. Now you can paint also the middle stripe of the belly just to make painting easier later. Then paint the stripes on the flanks (images 19-20) and add also curved stripes on the hindquarters, these usually have some branches (images 21 and 22) The stripes I painted on the right side are probably just a bit too regular and I may slightly correct them - make them more irregular - later.
9. Time for painting of all missing stripes on the neck. Start from the one that is closets to ears, this one should be much thinner (total 1millimetre width) then the two wide ones you painted before (image 23). Then paint the ones in between. They become gradually thinner with each one closer to the ears. And so you got something like on the images 24-25. If you add few more stripes on the shoulder you have the situation like on image 26 and this is final image in first part of the zebra tutorial. Lot of work anyway I think! :) Hopefully I will be able to add next part soon.
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This blog is about my collection of miniature animal models (toys and not only) and about my artworks (mainly small scale animalistic sculptures). Some posts will also be about real animals, equestrian sport and more.
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