It’s a sunny day, I had bacon and eggs for breakfast, and spent the morning doing a bit of painting on Buford. What a day!
Although I’m just holding the ears in place, you can see that this little guy is going to make a nice little carving.
The head and ears have a cream coloured background and alternating washes of Chocolate Brown and Asphaltum Brown. A very, very light wash of Asphaltum covers the cream coloured snout and I was sure to leave a few darker “blemishes” for interest. The nose and lower lip are Carbon Black with a bit of Chocolate Brown mixed in. The inside of the ears have Chocolate Brown mixed with a Flesh tone.
His “smoke” is a nail bent up and painted with white, and a black-and-white “ashes” tip.
The eyes got a bit of a Flesh tone treatment at the base and then were covered in clear 5 minute epoxy…which gives it a nice gloss. If you use this method, I’d suggest you first try it with a bit slower drying epoxy as you have to work pretty quickly with the 5 minute epoxy. You don’t want the epoxy setting up too quickly and spoiling the clear and smooth effect for the eyes.
Plus…it’s my Birthday today, Paul and Emily gave me two great books to read, and, courtesy of my Mom, we’re having a big dinner to top things off! What a day!