How to Paint a Shimmery Black Model Horse | Tutorial
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How to Paint a Shimmery Black Model Horse | Tutorial

August 12, 2019

Black horses are super beginner friendly,
even the luscious blue blacks. Today, I am going to walk you through my color
recipes to make an easy and gorgeous black with lots of warm brown tones and metallic
blues that shimmer in the light. Let’s get started. I use Golden Fluid paints and thin them for
an airbrush, but you can follow along even if you are a pastel artist, oil painter, or
if you paint by hand. That’s all because this video focuses on
color theory rather than just medium and technique. Also, if you are a beginner airbrush artist
I recommend you buy airbrush paints so you don’t have to worry about thinning them
correctly. It’s soooo much easier. For the base color, mix 2 parts Titan Buff
to 1 part Raw Sienna and apply eveningly over the whole horse. Your second layer is a straight-from-the-bottle
application Burnt Umber Light. This particular color is not often available
in airbrush colors, so you’ll either need to thin a heavier paint as I’ve done here,
or buy the next closest color in an airbrush paint, which in the Golden brand would be
sepia. Coat most the horse in this color, leaving
the soft spots of the horse lighter, like the elbow and nose areas. These are two acceptable versions of the application. The horse on the left is great for a softer
black, such as a sunburnt black, and the horse on the right will be great for a deep black horse. Your next layer brings the magic and I call
it Interference Brown, after it’s key ingredient. Mix three parts Van Dyke Brown, 1 part Raw
Umber and the secret 1 part Interference Blue. The Raw Umber and Interference Blue are what
will lend amazing reds and metallic blues while still looking realistic. Like the prior color, you will want to leave
some of the under coats exposed to add depth. The fourth coat will help your horse look
black. Mix 1 part Van Dyke Brown, 1 part Pearl Black,
1 part Carbon Black and 1 part Interference Blue. You horse will now shimmer with lush black tones. Make sure you get the points and topline with
this color,on and as for how much you put the rest of the horse will depend on how deep of a black you want. Careful, as this color can quickly obliterate
your prior colors. Go slow and compare with your reference. To finish, let’s tone it down just a touch
and deepen the blacks. Mix one part Van Dyke Brown, 1 part Pearl
Black and 1 part Carbon Black. Make sure you hit all the points, especially
those legs, along the back with this color. Deepen other areas according to your reference,
or any areas that need a little edge taken off the blue and red. And there you have it! A gorgeous black with lots of shimmery depth. For more videos tutorials, please subscribe
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