Painting a Grayling dorsal fin using window color for masking
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Oliver F.
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« on: July 31, 2010, 08:01:12 AM »

I thought I might share this painting technique with you:
Window color is a paint used for glas, can be easily removed and is cheap.
As you will notice the characteristics of a graylings dorsal fin are hardly to reproduce only with an airbrush (at least for me). So I developed this method that will provide the exact same pattern on each side of the fin:

This is a custom molded and casted replica of an European Grayling that I caught in Slovenia this summer. Body is already painted, head needs more detailing around the eyes. But now I do the fins first.

The first pic shows the window color that I use. I use black and later you will see why.

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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2010, 08:02:50 AM »

Cover the spots with window color according to your reference. Put it on fairly thick so it can be removed easily later.
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2010, 08:04:32 AM »

Now you can see the advantage of black: Put the fish on a piece of plexiglas und put a light underneath. This way you will see the markings on the other side of the fin.
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2010, 08:05:29 AM »

Now it is very easy to cover the markings from the other side.
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2010, 08:06:45 AM »

markings completed
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2010, 08:09:28 AM »

Now its time to use the airbrush. First I spray a light coat of transparent blue. Then hit every marking with black. Spray directly on the markings. This will create a little halo around the markings. Top of the fin is touched with light transparent red.
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2010, 08:10:30 AM »

Now the markings can be removed. I use a pointed scalpel for this.
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2010, 08:12:39 AM »

Masking completlly removed. As you will notice, we have created a very sharp edge that needs to be smoothed out later. I dontt know how to explain it, but when I look at the reference those edges look "semisharp" to me.
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2010, 08:14:33 AM »

Now it is time for some powders. I slightly hit the bases of the finrays and every spot with gray secured it with a clearcoat, then came back with red.
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2010, 08:16:45 AM »

Then again come back with gray on the finrays. I like to do several light coats rather than one thick one, because it will create that soft tissue appearence better.
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« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2010, 08:23:09 AM »

Now I hit all the spots with dark red and another light coat of transparent blue using an airbrush and apply colors according to the reference as good as I can. Here you see the completed fin with the reference pic. It looks darker, but for the reference picture obviously a flash light was used. I hope to give back something with this tutorial because I have learned so much from this forum and I want to thank everybody who takes the time to put a tutorial together.
I will post pictures of the finished grayling in TWIFP later.

Thanks for reading

Greetings from Germany

Oliver
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« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2010, 08:35:01 AM »

Another picture with better light conditions
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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2010, 08:58:26 AM »

great job oliver, thanks for sharing.....
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« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2010, 09:03:03 AM »

Very, very nice thanks for taking the time. Beautifull!
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« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2010, 09:39:07 AM »

Very nice Oliver- Exellent result on the grayling. Will try this method later. Thanks! Ollie
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