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Painting the Carnivorous Ape

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When I have painted apes in the past, I black undercoat them, then use dark grey and a little brown and purple mixed together to highlight the fur. (The easiest and quickest way is to drybrush.) I add a lighter grey to the mix and hit it a second highlight.


As far as a silverback goes, get some good reference pics off the net and use thinned paints to attain the right color gradient and pattern.


Good Luck, hope that helped a bit!

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My recipe for apes is undercoat black, drybrush the fur with a 1:1 mix of the darkest brown I can find (Reaper Walnut, for instance) and a dark, dark gray (paints with names like "Charcoal" tend to be pretty good).


For a silverback, I add lighter and lighter grays to the mix as I highlight the back.


One thing I've noticed with gorillas is that there's often a browner patch on the top of the head. This spot gets a drybrushing of a reddish-brown, burnt sienna color.

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