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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