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Iguana Wildlife

Step 1

With the "Iguana Wildlife" stencil you can realise a colorful iguana on dark backgrounds in no time. Besides your airbrush equipment you will need masking tape, weights, brush, scalpel and the Hansa pro-color white, black, ice blue, lemon yellow, fire red and umbra.

Step 2

Place the Iguana stencil on your painting surface and spray the open stencil areas with opaque white.

Step 3

Let the paint dry and then remove the stencil.

Step 4

Spray the front part (head) of the iguana with a light yellowish green, mixed from yellow and a touch of citrus ice blue. The important thing is that you use transparent colors. So be careful to add a few drops of water. The effect will be that the motif’s white areas take on the color and all black details remain black. The rest of the scales will be painted with different colors.

Step 5

Here you can see the intermediate results of the coloring. In the upper right of the image there are predominately shades of turquoise. In the cheek scale we find greenish and beige-brownish colors. The scales around the eye you can paint in yellow green. 

Step 6

For the next step you can use a transparent black mixed from water and opaque black. With this mixture, you can add some shading to the scales which makes them appear relief-like and more prominent. First spray along the outline of the scales. Some soft overspraying adds to this effect. Add some more shading and structures to the individual scales. Use the mix of black and water to spray along the eyelid in order to bring some shape to the eye region.

Step 7

Next pour some white into your airbrush. With this you can add some highlights to the scales in order to make them stand out even more. In addition you can add a light layer of white at the bottom of the eye, then you can finish it in the next step.

Step 8

Now spray a mixture of fire red and umbra onto the white gradient.

Step 9

With a transparent mix of umbra and black you can paint an outline and add a few radiating lines to the iris. For this you should use a fine brush.

Step 10

Add a few more details to the eye with opaque white and a fine brush. Particularly the outline of the pupil and the highlight can be optimized this way.

Step 11

To design the background, first protect your iguana motif with masking film. Put it on your stencil and cut along the contour line as closely as possible.

Step 12

Spray some radiant lines with opaque white.

Step 13

Then lightly spray over the background with a shade of green. When the colors have dried, gently pull the masking film off. Now your green iguana is done.