Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday Tip

Continuing from last week, we're moving on to vertical grain. Take note that what I'm drawing is a little emphasized so you can see it better - it's best to keep details like this subtle! To recap the video:
  • Start with the simple hoof from last week as a basecoat. Using the same color palette, start painting very fine vertical lines. At this stage, I usually go around the whole hoof in one color before moving on to the next since immediate blending isn't required.
  • Make sure the lines are straight from top to bottom, not angled. The lines should all be about the same width, though they can randomly cram together a bit, making some fatter looking lines.
  • Try to avoid the periople as much as possible, but you will be painting back over it so extreme care is not necessary.
  • Once the vertical lines are in, go back over the hoof the other way, re-shading the growth rings to set the vertical grain into the hoof.
  • Repeat the vertical and horizontal lines as much as necessary until the desired look is achieved.
Stay tuned for more hoof details next week!


lonesomeglorylover said...


Mel Miller said...

You got it! :-D I'll be sending an email in a minute. Happy New Year!