This is all new ground for me, pastelling, & only the third time I've tried it for dappling, or anything else for that matter, so I am more or less winging it. But I'll share what I am doing.
I got several different colors of pastel the other day, not being too sure what I would need or use. I came home with black & white (which I knew I would need), burnt umber, permanent red light (doesn't that sound like your worse nightmare at a stoplight?), orange, light orange, & yellow ochre, & I already had raw sienna, an unknown, wrapperless brown, & light brown & dark brown charcoal.
Before ruining Rastus, I tested out my colors on a piece of paper & wrote their names over them. Here's a picture of my test sheet, brushes, razor, & glove that I am using.
I shaved down a bit of all the colors & took ones I thought would work best to mix the colors that I am using at the moment. I have a light first coat color, which is a mix of light orange, yellow ochre, & raw sienna. & a darker color that I am using for the bolder dapples, it is a mix of light orange & the mystery wraperless brown.
I brush on the first light circles, brush off the excess, & since I want them to fade out the further down on him they go, I will start darkening them, not quite to the furthest edge, with another coat of the light mix. He is also going to vary in shade in different places as per the real thing (& I like a well contrasted paint job too), so it is not uniform in any way.
Next I will go over the even darker spots with the current dark mix & a 5/0 round (I'm just using what I have in the way of brushes). It absolutely will go darker, but I am not sure if I will do it with with pastel, or oil, or maybe a combination of them in layers. It's an adventure!
I have to point out that Jennifer Buxton, who is of course the creator of NaMoPaiMo, has chosen a SWF Dream Again aka Aggie resin, sculpted by me, as her victim of the month. I couldn't be more pleased to see 'my baby' in the lime light!
Jennifer is trying her hand at oils, & so far I think she has done a fantastic job on Aggie! Check it out on Jennifer's Breymere Custom Saddlery blog here!
Aggie is still available for order up/up. Please see the 'Artist Resin' page for further details!