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WIP Critique Need help with cheetah skin

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Gellso, May 18, 2010.

  1. Gellso A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    tried cheetah skin for the Hussars headgear. I tried to fade from light to dark, bottom to top respectively. I used dark flesh lightened and then orange brown lightened then pureorange brown for the inner spots of the black. I need to darken the colour of the orange brown....any ideas.
    I think I need to make the spots smaller. One side looks kinda like Cheetah skin the other side bloomin giraffe skin.
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  2. Dennis Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Grant, I cannot help with the Cheetah skin but I do think the work you have done so far is brilliant, well done.
    Dennis
  3. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Grant have you got Danilo Cartacci book? There's an article in that on painting furs.
    Great job so far,
    Carl.
  4. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Very nice paintwork.
    In my opinion it doesn't look bad at all.

    marc
  5. Michael Tse Active Member

    Country:
    HongKong
    Hi Grant,

    I think what you have done so far is quite satisfactory. With no such experience myself, I would nontheless like to point out, as a spectator, that depth on a micro level might be achievable if you could selectively squeeze in some highlight on a "hair-by-hair" basis for both the wolf skin and the cheetah skin. Of course it might already be the case and the photo didn't bring it out...

    Here are a couple of links you might find relevant (or not):
    http://www.jamesart.com/kitty_instructions.html
    http://www.modelzone.com/mangrasshopper/index.php?level=album&id=283

    All the best!
  6. Gellso A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    thanks Michael

    That cheetah guy looks spot on!:confused:
    I'd love to try that but my air brush doesn't go that small for the dots.
    Brillaint links, many thanks.
  7. Roman Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I like the way you painted this bust. But you should call the skin, leopard skin, because the cheetah fur has only black dots with no color inside them. Great painting.
    Regards
    Roman
  8. Paul Kernan A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    While you're at it....what mixes did you use for the wolf pelt? Very nice
  9. JGREEN A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    The spots do seem to be a bit larger on one side than the other. Also, the base color looks like it might be a tad orange - should be more of a greyed-out yellow-ish buff-ish color. The best thing to do is study real life photos. Try getting a book on wild cats or just google some images. Here's a couple pics of some leopard skin I've done recently, hope that might help a bit. Good luck!

    Jason

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  10. Gellso A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Wow!

    Jeez Jason your figures are an extremely high standard. The leopard skin is great. I did google cheetah skin and the pic I got was obviously leopard. I wrongly assumed the metaphor about the leopard never changing it's spots was the cat with the spots. Doh!
    I'm going to try real cheetah now.
    Many thanks.
  11. Gellso A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Thanks Paul,
    It was a mixture of greys, chocolate brown, german camo black and I think it was natural wood to give it a wee colour tone change.
  12. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Grant,
    Nicely done and I really like the wolf.
    Cheers
    John
  13. BarrieHynd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Scotland
    Wonderfull job Grant. Sorry but i cant give you any help with the cheetah skin as i've not tried it myself. Your really getting stuck into things of late. Keep it up m8, always good to see your wip's.
    Barrie.
  14. Michael Tse Active Member

    Country:
    HongKong

    I guess airbrushing isn't necessary for those spots. Glad you like it.

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