First I identified the acrylic colors I wanted to use for Max. Learn how to identify colors from a photo.
|Paint colors to use for Max|
I used light brown as a base coat but it was darker than I expected. I should have used the creamy color for the base.
|I started off with a too-dark base color|
Rather than redo the base coat, I kept painting with the hope I could correct the fur with additional shading. But, when I thought Max was completed, the fur color just didn't seem right; it was too brown.
|Max's fur looked too brown compared to his photo|
I wanted a more golden hue for the fur, so I diluted raw sienna with a little water and washed it over the entire rock being careful to avoid the white areas.
|The painted rock is too golden compared to the photo|
Next, I diluted the light tan color (identified from Max's photo) with water and washed it over the raw-sienna tint, avoiding the white, painted areas.
That was much better even though not an exact match.
|Max's fur is closer to this shade|
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