Thursday, 25 October 2012

Halloween how to: severed ear prop

Now that the ear prop is nice and dry, it’s time to paint it.  Here it is, all finished:
 
These ears look great nailed to your door or front gate
 
First up, I’ve given it an all over wash of very thin yellow ochre paint. 
 
 
 
Next, I’ve added raw umber and burnt sienna to give it a nice dark mummified appearance.
 
 
 
Finally, I’ve simulated some dried gore where the ear would have attached to the head using clots of ultramarine and burnt sienna.  Obviously, you can also use a natural skin colour and fresh gore; it's just a matter of personal taste.