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Title: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: Rick Krane on August 11, 2007, 11:52:37 AM
A Black Crappie Painting Essay

I have been asked by a few of the good folks on the Taxidermy .Net to share a bit of Mr., Randy Kittles of Athens Georgia Crappie experience with you all. So I hope you learn a bit from this and at least it may help you with a question or 2 you may have had. Enjoy!

Your Friend
Rick Krane
Lets first take a look at some of the work that went into the Crappie before the paint work is applied.
Ready to cast!
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/1-5.jpg)
Casting the head!
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/2-4.jpg)
The template!
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/3-4.jpg)
First foam cut!
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/4-3.jpg)
Carving basics!
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/5-4.jpg)
Head fitting!
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/6-3.jpg)
the Grid work!
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/7-3.jpg)
Final carve!
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/8-3.jpg)
The skin... Perfect!
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/9-2.jpg)
Taxi Time!
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/10-1.jpg)
The final fit!
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/11-2.jpg)
A great fish for sure!!!
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/12-2.jpg)

Darken the head for detail steelwooling
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/1-6.jpg)
Randy hand paints any molded areas to match skin tones.
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/2-6.jpg)
The head is ready as well as the body for some color.
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/3-6.jpg)
The lower jaw and the lower belly are misted white.
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/4-5.jpg)
Sliver pearl is appled to the face and the upper head also misting the lower to mid section of the body.
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/5-5.jpg)
Randy applies Trans Amber oxide to the upper 1/2 of the fish including the fins on the body.
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/6-4.jpg)
Light Bass green is misted on the face and head and selectively on the center of the body
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/7-4.jpg)
Some red and Violet shimmers are applied to the scales with brushes
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/8-4.jpg)
Face shimmers are also applie, slivers, blues and golds. All Crappie are diffrent so use reference
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/9-3.jpg)
Randy rolls the fish in his hand to see if the colors are intens enough.
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/10-2.jpg)
Hand painting the scales on the body to frame in the markings.
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/11-3.jpg)
Randy airbrushes the markings.
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/12-3.jpg)
Here is Randy with his finshed Fish.
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/2-5.jpg)
This is the end results of a soft paint job.
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/1111.jpg)
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: Jknuth on August 12, 2007, 03:14:20 AM
Very nice!
Thanks for posting the essay
He sure does have a grin on his face, you can tell he is happy with the results.

The really funny thing to me is this picture

(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/RKrane04/12-3.jpg)

I have the same set of photos of crappies on my wall! Thank god for the interweb! LOL
I do have one question.
 How do you remove the fins without rays splitting?
Oh so help me don't answer with "Very carefully!"
 ;D lol
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: bear country on August 12, 2007, 08:34:35 AM
hi rick        thanks for the  essay !  i still yet to do my first cast of a mammel .  that fish looks good !!!!
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: Rick Krane on August 12, 2007, 09:38:04 AM
Hey Josh!

Well.... OK I won't say it LOL!  What we done is carfully cut along the soft skin edge with a blade of choice and cut deep enough to remove the skin back then carefully snip the roots away exposing the fin cleanly. Pretty straight forward but a few times it is a bit of practice like any thing else we do!!

Have a great one!

Your friend Rick
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: Jon S on August 12, 2007, 09:50:22 AM
Great, thanks Rick. I like the way you guys blended in the head.  Brought it right in. Also like your fin carding method, LOL.
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: fesekula on August 12, 2007, 10:37:30 AM
Rick, You are truly a master and a teacher of fish taxidermy. Thank you for your time and wisdom.
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: Jknuth on August 12, 2007, 12:55:55 PM
Hey Josh!

Well.... OK I won't say it LOL!  What we done is carfully cut along the soft skin edge with a blade of choice and cut deep enough to remove the skin back then carefully snip the roots away exposing the fin cleanly. Pretty straight forward but a few times it is a bit of practice like any thing else we do!!

Have a great one!

Your friend Rick

Cool thats kind of what i figured. It looked like a nice clean cut.
Ive been removing fins more and more then reattaching them. It makes handling and painting so much easier.
Thanks for the good tips!
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: rgkittle on August 12, 2007, 08:39:50 PM
Josh , I was pleased with the results, but I was trying not to laugh at Rick , cracking jokes. Rick forgot to mention ,blending the fins seams with Fin Magic . It`s a great product for this area. Thanks Rick for sharing this step by step process with all our freinds on this website. Randy K.
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: Bill_H on August 12, 2007, 09:03:31 PM
what exactly is trans amber oxide ?(compared to life tone).
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: rgkittle on August 12, 2007, 09:46:41 PM
Bill , Transparent Amber Oxide is a transparent brownish yellow paint. It is a Lifetone color that is great for toning . WASCO sells it, as well as, many other suppliers. Randy K.
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: Bill_H on August 12, 2007, 09:53:02 PM
Thank you Randy.
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: Stan N on August 14, 2007, 12:12:46 AM
Mr. Kittle my son Stan also spent some time with Rick and he is only 16 and what he can do is remarkable. You have done beautiful work so I wanted to put my 2 cents in here. Welcome to the family he did tell you about the family. Well nice Crappie I'm sure your very pleased as you look!
Deb
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: rnviper3 on August 14, 2007, 12:45:50 PM
very nice fish.  thanks for sharing the painting of it.  way better than a paint schedule.  thanks again
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: sparkyf on August 15, 2007, 03:09:44 PM
Man!!!  I have been away from this section for too long!!!!!!!!  What an aaawwwssooommee thread!! Just so happens I have two of these fish to do!  Thanks for sharing as always Rick!  Mark
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: rgkittle on August 15, 2007, 10:06:45 PM
Thank you Debbie !!! The Taxidermy family, as well as the Anglers Artistry family ,is a great group of people. Randy
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: Doug A on August 21, 2007, 07:00:08 PM
what kind of foam did he carve the body from
Thanks
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: rgkittle on August 21, 2007, 08:12:06 PM
Doug , the foam was purchased from Foam Products in Minnesota. They run an ad in Breakthrough Magazine. You can also purchase the same foam from Matuska Taxidermy Supply . Randy Kittle
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: Doug A on August 21, 2007, 08:42:56 PM
Thanks, does it have a brand name or something I can try to find it by? It seems like a dense type of polystyerene from the pics. I liked how easy it looked to get a finished piece vs balsa. That was an excellent job on that crappie and it seems to allow more artistic freedom than ordering a body. The s-curve was perfect.
Thanks for the reply
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: rgkittle on August 21, 2007, 09:07:36 PM
I believe Rick said it was construction foam . I just ordered a UPS box, which was roughly $115.00,shipping included . The foam I ordered, was the gray foam . Rick said they change colors every now and then  . Anyway I carved 3 fish bodies and only used about 1/2 of one block . Naturally ,the larger the fish, the more foam you will use.The box comes with 2 blocks . I also ordered the 8 inch size . It`s good stuff and like you said, you have all the freedom of pose that you want . Look at the ad in Breakthrough for Foam Products  and you will see the sizes they offer. The only problem is, you have to mail them a check . They don`t take credit or debit cards. Matuska, on the other hand does accept credit cards, and their foam is the same quality . So if time is an issue, it will be faster , ordering from Matuska .
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: Doug A on August 21, 2007, 09:17:29 PM
Thanks, for the help. I'll get some as soon as I have time.
Doug
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: tomdes on August 22, 2007, 09:00:53 AM
Rick,

Great step-by-step procedures. Thanks for taking the time and sharing them with us..
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: Doug A on August 22, 2007, 10:51:26 PM
I thought of something else today. Did the foam have to be primed or sealed so the mounting adhesive wouldn't soak in it? If so what did you prime it with. Great step by step BTW. I really enjoyed following it.
Doug.
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: rgkittle on August 23, 2007, 09:48:51 PM
Doug , the foam did not need any sealer. I used Shur-Stik 111 wallpaper adhesive available from Ace Hardware . It works great and you use very little per fish. I bought a case of it ( 4 gallons ) for around $38.00 . I have a friend who owns an Ace Hardware . He did not have it in stock but ordered it for me and I had it in about a week. Thanks, Randy
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: classic tails on February 11, 2010, 03:24:07 PM
ty-great job. thanks for info.
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: racksandriverstaxidermy on February 12, 2010, 04:50:32 PM
awesome looks good
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: buzzbait on February 20, 2010, 12:36:35 PM
I have the how to videos on LMB,and now I have geart direction on doing a crappie THANK YOU rgkittle.......very nice job.
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: natureslink on February 23, 2010, 11:36:27 AM
beauty of a crappie. Why cast a head instead of using the original though?  Those fins look great too
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
Post by: tjaxtax on March 04, 2010, 04:38:28 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: A Black Crappie Painting Essay
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