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Painting A Pike - Various Techniques

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by JD Lake, Sep 28, 2021.

  1. JD Lake

    JD Lake New Member

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    What are various techniques that you have successfully used to create the bean spots and coloration on a repro pike? I'm familiar with the Q-tip and thinner through a base layer then airbrushing layers around the spots, but was curious what else is out there?

    I'm not real adept at airbrushing yet, but have had a lot of success with powders and charcoal dust.

    Thanks for any tips and pointers. I appreciate it.


    Here is the customer's pike...
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  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    powders will work to lay down the pattern. I think I answered this question recently. I use airbrush, chalks, powders and I've even drawn them in lightly with a pencil before and the qtip method. Often times I'll a combo of most of these. One key I've found from experience, is don't let OCD guide you in putting in the spots, it will look unnatural.
     

  3. JD Lake

    JD Lake New Member

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    Yes, you had replied to a similar post that I had in a different forum. I thought I would post it here to get more advice. I appreciate it. Thank you.
     
  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    I thought so but it's all good, I hope others will chime in for you.