Dapples can be difficult to achieve when painting model horses. This tip Tuesday should help you in whatever medium you are using to achieve a nice effect.
People tend to draw on dapples with small paintbrushes when it comes to pastelling. The use of an eraser also helps to clean the dapples up and make them more obvious. This is all done when the pastel dust is being applied. Once you are happy with how they look, you then seal the layer. The good thing about pastels is that if your dapple layer goes wrong, you could wash it off and it still leaves the layer underneath ok!
Acrylics – Airbrushing
This is my biggest strength. I tend to put my airbrush compressor on a lower pressure when doing dapples, and I have a dual action airbrush to help control the air flow and paint that comes out too. I then use a hovering technique where I hover and remain in one place on the horse’s body for a small period of time for the paint to come out and then move quickly to another area. I do this until the horse’s body Is covered in dapples. I also sometimes go over the body in other colours like normal to make the dapples blend in more. I have this youtube video that I made on how to paint a dapple grey.
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To handpaint dapples, although I haven’t got much experience with this technique, the dapples are simply handpainted on and once dry, continue as normal with the next layer of paint over the body to help blend them in. You may need more than one layer of dapples, and this applies to all of the different painting techniques. This exact same technique applies for oil paints as well as acrylics, only with oil paints you have much more time before the paint dries and there is less room for error unlike the acrylics.