Now I add a base color to the entire giraffe over the tooled latex. If you’ve ever paid attention to what a giraffe’s fur actually looks like, it’s a beigy-tan color with the darker tan to reddish brown and squarish patches. Sometimes these patches have very solid edges and sometimes they sort of blend. Sometimes they are very block shaped and other times they’re very jagged with “cracks” of beige inside. I’m not sure if that’s natural variation or if it has to do with age, gender or region. It could even be like a dalmation’s spots…just random. In any case, I’ll probably do a free form combination of the shapes.
For now, I base coated in a beige then dry brushed over that with a lighter version of the beige for depth. Next, I’ll paint the eyes, add details and do the darker spots on the face and neck.