Name: BDR Southpaw Barn name: "Pawpaw" Age: 5 y/o (2 in this image) Height: 14.1hh Colour: Dapple grey (on black base), will fade to solid white by 15 years (E/e, a/a, G/g) Discipline: Broodmare - may try in western pleasure, halter & liberty Personality: Purchased as an unnamed 2 y/o filly from Pakistan. A classic desert mare of strong Arabian heritage. Best described as ladylike; quiet, graceful, gentle and patient. She’s quite petite and currently lacks the fitness for strenuous eventing, but is a wonderful broodmare with strong maternal instincts. She also makes a fine mount for young students. Her only fault is an obstinate suspicion of rain, puddles and other bodies of water – a trait no doubt inherited from her Arabian ancestors. Sire/Dam: Starter x starter For lease: Yes, see here for more info. Passable Traits: Curly ears will be lost unless bred with another Marwari or Kathiawari. 50% of foals will inherit a grey coat. Offspring: none
I'm so glad to finally get this done, it's been sitting on my desk for weeks. Dark dapple grey is probably one of my favorite horse colours, so it's unfortunate that she won't stay this shade forever. I also realized that while painting dapples is easy enough, getting them to stay there is a whole different endeavor! Anyway, I hope you like this one. Constructive critique and suggestions are always welcome.
I adore this ever so much! o: That face is just gorgeous, and the colours in the background are amazing. I still can't get over the face haha... its just so gorgeous. x_x You're art is brilliant, can't wait to see more from you :'D
If you lay wet paint on the horse section-by section, and be careful to keep the edges of your sections not too runny, I think the salt technique can be controlled. Unfortunately I can't get salt to work no matter what method I use. The salt grains just gather the paint to them, then it all dries into the paper creating a dark spot, and the salt has to be scraped off.
Sure thing! i'm just going to copy/paste my answer to a previous comment: 'I just put down some wet black (not too wet, just at that stage where it's still shiny but no longer runny) and dotted it with wet white gouache. If you ever try it I have a word of advice, make sure the paper is really flat otherwise the dapples will just run everywhere and clump wherever the surface dips.' - I hope that helps. I also made a paintbrush spatter tutorial if you're interested in trying similar effects: [link] I can never ever get salt to work for me, and I've even tried different kinds of salt. It's my life goal to figure out what I'm doing wrong
I use chunky sea salt crystals for obvious effect, and normal table salt crystals for small textured effects. You put it on instantly after you complete the desired area with watercolour or gouache. To get a feathered smooth effect with salt, brush off lightly when the paint is still somewhat moist. To get the dark jagged crystal marks let the paint dry completely.
I'll give those dapples a try and link you to my result!!! I hope my salt tips help out ^-^
Basically what happens when I use salt (I've tried sea salt crystals, medium size and fine table salt) the salt sits there and soaks a bit of water, but immediately pigment comes back and just drowns the salt. If I do the same with a thinner more diluted wash, then the effect isn't as strong as I wanted or nothing happens at all.
Well I tried some more experimenting - I know based on my description of what goes wrong you'd think I was using too much water, but I'm always very mindful of this and that's never the case. I make sure the surface is not runny, it's just at that stage where you could still do wet-in-wet but it's not dripping or moving at all. It's just a damp wash. And then I sprinkle the salt in... and it just fails. The result is usually something like this when its dry: [link] Instead of repelling the pigment, the salt soaks it up and the crystal itself becomes very dark and sits in a dark spot around its base. Only once was I able to get the effect to look like it was supposed to, with the distinct blossom shapes, but even so I found I had to manually pick out the crystals with tweezers so that the salt wouldn't dry with a dark spot underneath. I have also tried different kinds of salt, very dry and just out of the packet, so that's not the problem. I cant find any answers to my problem on google, I wonder if my paint is not suitable (from tubes, I also tried gouache and the little squares of dry watercolour in pans). Anyway, I understand if you're just as clueless as I am, I just wondered if there was anything you noticed that I'm maybe doing wrong.
Aside from the fact that she is an awesome character (loving the unusual face marking and mane details), the dapples look incredible!! How do you do that! haha all 'Pawpaw' makes me think of is that cream thing in the red tube/jar for cuts and burns XD
Thank you! I'm really glad you like the result The dapples were really fun, I just put down some wet black (not too wet, just at that stage where it's still shiny but no longer runny) and dotted it with wet white gouache. If you ever try it I have a word of advice, make sure the paper is really flat otherwise the dapples will just run everywhere and clump wherever the surface dips. This painting nearly owned me, it was crazy Pawpaw is a fruit tree, I've never tried the fruit though.
you remember how i adored chestnuts? that was until I found dappled horsies. I absolutely love them. i want a curly ear just so I can breed to her in the future. stunning artwork as always, and the dapples are awesome :3