Thursday, January 3, 2008

Friday Tip

For this Friday, I have a couple of related tips! When working on a roan there's a lot more to it than just white hairs and dark (whatever the body color is) hairs. Work in various shades of grey and go back and forth with your color tones. This will give a much less contrasty or stark, and therefore more realistic coat look. The photos below show some various stages of the process. In the first stage, the major white areas are blocked in. In the second stage, white is used to map in the hair direction and give a lot of hair texture. In the third stage, very light grey hairs are added to further lighten and roan the heavily roaned, but not solid areas. These light hairs are also used everywhere on the body, but are more sparse than the white hairs. But don't stop here! More roaning using progressively darker shades of grey and finally your coat color are needed for that super convincing roan.

Notice in the photos that while the large white areas were blocked in at the start, there are many more small white spots added in with the roaning. These spots are usually too small to block in. An added benefit to not planning them out to the last speck is that you are allowed the freedom to add small white areas as they feel appropriate as you are roaning. Part of a convincing sabino roan is the variation in roaning throughout the coat. There will be darker areas and light patches - always be on the lookout to create natural looking randomness!


Carol H. said...

Hey Melanie, I have a couple of questions that you could use for your Friday tips:

How do you hold your model when you're painting in oils? Do you put it on a lazy susan? If so, how do you go about painting the underside? How do you keep from accidentally touching the model as you work? Do you paint the body color first and then blend in the shadow/saddle and highlights, or do you paint lots of layers starting with a thin undercoat?

Okay, that's more than one question. Just things I think about when I'm painting and wonder how others do it.

Mel Miller said...

Wonderful Carol, thanks for the tip ideas! I will definitely use these ASAP. :-D