The second video in the tutorial series is my own personal recipe for painting bays, complete with application steps. Just in time for NaMoPaiMo 2019!
Color Recipes for the Video
Below are the color mixtures for each step that you'll need to premix and save in their own bottles for this tutorial. I've also included a link above to a PDF file where you can print 5x7 cards of this recipe for quick reference at your studio desk. The percentages are approximate, so feel free to experiment with the mixtures as you become more confident with the process. If you are following along with a stablemate scale horse and airbrush-ready paint, I have added suggested amounts in drops to make your first time easier.
Also experiment with how many coats you apply to your model, as there are many different shades of bay. Your brand of paint does not matter as much as does purchasing the same colors, or as close you can find to the same colors. Every brand will have a slightly different take on a color (e.i. no two burnt sienna colors are exactly the same) so you may find a slight difference in your outcome, but depending on the color you want, this may work in your favor. Experimentation is always key.
Your other crucial tool for this project will be good photo reference of the type of horse you are trying to recreate. This also help guide you if your colors are not the exact same brand and color name as mine. Good luck everyone and happy painting!
Step 1: Titan Shimmery Buff
90-95% Titan Buff (e.i., about 9 drops of airbrush paint for airbrushing stablemates)
5-10% Light Gold (e.i., about 1 drop for airbrushing stablemates)
Step 2: Gold
50% Light Gold (5 drops airbrush paint for stablemates)
50% Bright Gold (5 drops airbrush paint for stablemates)
(Strive for a new wedding band look)
Step 3: Caramel
90% Raw Sienna (9 drops of airbrush paint for stablemates)
5% Burnt Sienna (1 drop for stablemates)
5% or less Burnt Umber Light ( choose Sepia of using Golden High Flow)(1 drop for stablemates)
Step 4: Red
33% Burnt Umber Light ( choose Sepia if using Golden High Flow) (3 drops for stablemates)
33% Raw Sienna (3 drops for stablemates)
33% Burnt Sienna (3 drops for stablemates)
Step 5: Hershey's Brown
50% Raw Umber (6 drops for stablemates)
25% Raw Sienna (3 drops for stablemates)
25% Burnt Sienna (3 drops for stablemates)
Step 6: Raw Umber
100% Raw Umber
Step 7: Black
50% Mars Black (6 drops for stablemates)
25% Van Dyke Brown (3 drops for stablemates)
25% Pearlescent Black (look for one with purple and blue tones) (3 drops for stablemates)
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