Position the "Tiger Wildlife" stencil on the painting surface. Use a airbrush drawing board or similar materials so that scratching and rubbing techniques can be used later. Use water to thin HANSA pro-color Black in a 1-to-1 ratio and apply this paint in thin layers. This paint can be scraped later with a scalpel to add fine details to the coat structures. Use weights or a piece of HANSA masking tape to fix the stencil in place.
Here you see the intermediate stage when the stencil has been removed. Thanks to the "Tiger Wildlife" stencil, all of the important black areas for the tiger picture have been put in place in a very short time.
Spray the transparent black mixture on the black spots and coat areas to make them softer. In addition, a little overspray on the picture will later serve to make additional coat structures visible. Moreover, spray short dotted lines, in the direction of the hair growth, on the black spots to indicate additional coat structures.
Use an eraser pencil to create light spots in the dark overspray or to indicate additional coat structure. Always remember to erase in the direction the coat hair grows.
Use a scalpel for finer structures. Depending on the blade, carefully scrape or scratch coat structures in the direction of the hair growth. Scratch between as well as into the black spots. This will gradually result in a more and more realistic and fine coat structure.
If you wish, you can also use a black crayon to add additional fine tiger hairs. Always pay attention to the direction of the hair growth.
This is the intermediate stage at this point.
Now give the tiger some color. Mix umbra, yellow and water with a small drop of red to create an orange-brown. Use this paint to color the light areas according to our model. Make sure that some of the coat areas remain light and uncovered. Use this paint application to create the shadows from the eyes to the nose so that the nose ridge appears.
Then scratch a few more highlights into the coat structure. Make sure that you do not damage the drawing board.
Make the tiger's coloring more intensive. Use umbra to darken the shadows on the nose, the eyes, the area around the ears and below the chin.
Mix lemon yellow with water as a primer coat for the tiger's eye. Spray carefully in thin layers. Since the paint is transparent, it will not be a problem if there is a little overspray on the black ring around the eye.
Lightly spray transparent umbra on the iris of the eye — a radial gradient is created. Then spray transparent black (i.e. HANSA pro-color Black + water) in the middle of the iris to make it even darker and softer.
When it is completely dry, use a scalpel to scrape some light reflections and highlights.
Mix one drop each of fire red, umbra and lemon yellow with 5–10 drops of water for the reddish nose. Try this mixture on a white test sheet first. Do not use it on your picture until you are satisfied with the color. Use an eraser pencil to add more structures and light reflections in the nose area.
You can use transparent umbra to brush a few spots onto the nose – this will make it look even more realistic.
You can also add the whiskers in this step. Either scrape them out with a scalpel or use a fine brush and white.
The background takes on a blurred structure. Start with a transparent yellow-green shade, then use darker green-brown shades to create a background of spots and dots.
You can use this set in combination with our other stencil sets to create additional spectacular tiger pictures.