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Dapple grey Pegasus mare by Reptangle Dapple grey Pegasus mare by Reptangle
Many of my sculptures are members of families. This is the matriarch mare of the Pegasus family, airbrushed in dapple grey.
The male Pegasus is also pictured here, in my gallery.

Rant:
ARGH! Dapple grey is the MOST DIFFICULT horse color to airbrush! I wrecked many of these before I succeeded getting something that looked nice enough to share.

She is cast in gypsum, about5 1/2 inches long and has glass eyes.
The Pegasus mare is a reproduction of my original sculpture, Produced by Windstone Editions
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Neptunes-Sparks Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow I LOVE THIS! I love the wings! and like the touch of the gold chain :aww: totally faved
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is simply stunning! Great coloration and what a beautiful, yet simple pose.
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ohnojaylo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
How DO you airbrush a dapple?
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You have to airbrush really carefully around the lighter spots, without making dark blotches.. it is tricky to keep the dark areas looking smooth, and then dark parts need to shade into other dark colors... This is a tough paint job!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Dapples came out beautiful! def worth all the trial and error. ;)

Perhaps it is the lighting, but it's very 'warm' to be a grey; looking to me more like a dappled/smutty buckskin, or dappled bay.
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah , I guess it is "rose grey" when a bay turns grey.. right?
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Might be. Whatever they call it, I call it lovely. ;)
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HalloweenMAGE Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Very pretty .
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scenceable Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can imagine dapple grey would be a huge pain in the butt to airbrush. Maybe a stencil like you used for the baby grab bags would work better? This mare is gorgeous though! :)
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I have tried to use a stencil. The big problem with dapples is that the spots are light, so THEY would need to be masked. You can't make a stencil to mask tiny individual spots. If you make a stencil that masks off the dark areas , so that you are airbrushing the lighter color over the darker color, the spots look chaulky and as if they are on top of the underlying color. I just can't find a way to make the light dapples look realistic, like they are "melted" into the darker colors, let alone manage to get the intricate edges the dapples have... so gorgeous.
Have you ever tried airbrushing dapples?
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scenceable Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah yes, that's very true. I've never used an airbrush unfortunately. A lot of airbrushed ones I've seen look to circular and don't get those lovely intricate edges. However I did look up a few things...

:bulletpink:here's a discussion on airbrushing dapples: [link] there are a few interesting methods discussed here.
:bulletpink: This is a youtube tutorial on painting them, she does them all by hand but starts dark and goes to light. [link]
:bulletpink: This is just another little discussion: [link]
:bulletpink: Here are some gorgeous airbrushed dapple greys: [link] This artist also has a tab called "past airbrush" with older work and you can see a huge difference in technique
:bulletpink: This person has a few video tutorials on dappling but I think she's using pastels and a brush, not an airbrush: [link]
:bulletpink: Another pastelling technique [link]

Sorry to spam you with a million links, I also have trouble doing dapples (even though I love them!) so it's something I research often. :)
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Amazing.
I have tired several of these methods, but my results are not too impressive!
These models are gorgeous!
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scenceable Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's the problem with tutorials, it always makes them look so easy! I really like the one dapple grey you did, it was for the may 2010 raffle prize called "Azalea". You should definitely try more for ebay! If they turn out bad you can morph them into Pintaloosas, win-win either way! =P
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, the fails get turned into something else!
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