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! Casting the head! The template! First foam cut! Carving basics! Head fitting! the Grid work! Final carve! The skin... Perfect! Taxi Time! The final fit! A great fish for sure!!! Darken the head for detail steelwooling Randy hand paints any molded areas to match skin tones. The head is ready as well as the body for some color. The lower jaw and the lower belly are misted white. Sliver pearl is appled to the face and the upper head also misting the lower to mid section of the body. Randy applies Trans Amber oxide to the upper 1/2 of the fish including the fins on the body. Light Bass green is misted on the face and head and selectively on the center of the body Some red and Violet shimmers are applied to the scales with brushes Face shimmers are also applie, slivers, blues and golds. All Crappie are diffrent so use reference Randy rolls the fish in his hand to see if the colors are intens enough. Hand painting the scales on the body to frame in the markings. Randy airbrushes the markings. Here is Randy with his finshed Fish. This is the end results of a soft paint job.