Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Tip

Here it is, the long awaited hoof painting tutorial! The hoof painting tips will go on for a few weeks, so get ready for lots of information! I'm not terribly good at drawing, but the videos are done in Photoshop so that you can see exactly what I'm doing without things getting in the way. The video is self-explanatory, but here is a recap, including some extra information on paint mixes:
  • Begin with a completely painted and shaded leg (in this vid I am doing a shell hoof on a white leg), and fill in the base hoof color in several thin layers. I typically start off with a basecoat of raw sienna and white, but depending on your horse you may wish to add more brown or yellow tones.
  • Next, shade in the lighter periople at the coronary band. Depending on the horse I will use either a white mix (gesso, titanium white, and pearlescent white) or a dirty white (unbleached titanium, soft white, a smidgen of burnt umber and irridescent gold, and the white mix to lighten as needed).
  • Continue shading light lines that run parallel to each other down the hoof to begin the highlights of the growth rings.
  • Add in shadows for the growth rings. Depending on how dark the hoof is, I like to use raw sienna or burnt umber to start and add in previous colors as necessary.
  • Go back over everything with the original basecoat color and shade the lighter color on top to help blend and set in the growth rings.
  • Continue going back and forth with all of the colors until the hoof rings are well blended and subtle.
  • I like to do one section of hoof at a time instead of trying to do the whole thing at once. This makes it easier to blend, and it is not difficult to line up each section of the hoof.
  • Keep going to perfect this look, or use it as a basecoat for the next step which we will cover next week, vertical grain!

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