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 ;)
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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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