|Painting fuel and an in progress pony|
I do sometimes use other brands like Liquitex and Ceramcoat if I don't have certain colors on hand. Jo Sonja is carried by Dick Blick, but there isn't a store near me, so I usually order that paint online. Happily, I can get to a Michaels easily to pick up the other brands when I can't wait for an order to arrive.
|Pale iridescent cream|
|An overlay of pale grey with a hint of silver|
|A slightly darker wash of grey|
|Two layers of darker grey|
First I added a layer of dark brown.
And then some black.
I seal all layers of paint and pastels with Krylon Matte fixative. It dries quickly and has a nice, smooth finish.
I'm quite pleased with how this grulla color is shaping up. I rarely mix colors from recipes---I just wing it most of the time---but I do at least make notes for myself when I come up with something I like. I have been experimenting with subtle metallics lately, and it's made all the difference, especially with this color.
Tomorrow, I plan to block in the basic pattern. I'll probably do some more pastel work as well. Having looked at my reference photos, I need to darken up the legs a bit as well as add dun factors. Because I use the tail as a handle, that and the mane will be just about the last parts of the horse I work on. Stay tuned for more pictures!