NaMoPaiMo Weekend 1

The first weekend of NaMoPaiMo is coming to a close and my model is coming along. This year I decided to paint a traditional model instead of a stablemate like last year.

I have a bad habit of when an idea comes into my head, that’s all I want to do. I’ll end up doing an all nighter or all weekend binge to get the idea out. Sometimes the end result comes out how I imagined, but other times it’s just a hot mess. My goal this year is to pace myself. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and my model doesn’t need to be either.

My model this year is a Walter resin. He’s going to become a leopard appaloosa.I decided to paint him using pastels, acrylic, and oils. I began with a white primed model.

I added the first layer of skin/pink pan pastels.

Walter Resin being pastelled to an appaloosa

Then a second.

Walter Resin being pastelled to an appaloosa

The next layer was the beginning of mottling. Lisa Smalley wrote a helpful tutorial about how she does appaloosa mottling. I used her tutorial as a starting point and it helped so much!

Walter Resin being pastelled to an appaloosa

After sealing it, I added a few layers of white pan pastel.

Walter Resin being pastelled to an appaloosa

Eventually, the grey spots had faded just enough. I went back to trying to detail the muzzle and adding shading around the eyes.

Walter Resin being pastelled to an appaloosa

I’m pleased with my model so far, and so happy that I’m pacing myself instead of barreling forward.

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