Making of a 30" wolf head #2: Part 3

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Blog entry by grosa posted 02-08-2015 08:34 PM 1577 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In picture 1 the head is primed on both sides. I always do the back as well as the front to keep the MDF balanced so it won’t warp. I used whatever was laying around (in this case kills oil base primer).

In picture 2 I use a foam backed 320 grit sandpaper to sand the edges,back and face. The reason for the foam back is to prevent the paper from digging in and flattening the corner.

In picture 3 & 4 It shows the head painted white. I used whatever was laying around ( in this case I used Rustoleum oil base white). I sprayed three heavy coats so I would get a ring around all the cuts and edges. This will help me when I spray my clear at the end. The ring around the edges act like a dam and hold in the clear coat and give the edges a rounded look.
I will give this paint all week to dry.

In picture 5, I got a whisk broom and cut it up so I would have different textures. This is how I will airbrush in the fur. I will be using two different blacks, one will be solid black and one will be watered down black. The solid black will be sprayed first so it sits way down in the background. Then I will use two shades of gray, dark gray and light gray. The dark gray will be sprayed over the black. Then I will spray a white over the dark gray, then the watered down black over the white, then the light gray over the watered down black. Then spot some white here and there to tone down the the dark colors that stand out. I know that sounds confusing but, fur is confusing to duplicate.

In picture 6 & 7 I did a sample of just black on white to give you an idea of what I am going for. When all the colors are layered in it gives it a lot more depth

In picture 8 I am showing my airbrush & motor but this can be done any kind of airbrush set.

In picture 9 & 10 I am showing a close up of the fur with just solid black sprayed on solid white and a little wood grain. The black globs of black was do to not letting the black dry.
Next week I will post the airbrushing of the fur.

-- Have a great day.

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