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Paintertainment How-To: Japanese Beetle!

Hello my painty friends! Today I put together a new step-by-step of a Japanese Beetle for you.

When we moved to our current home a few years ago, I saw them in the yard and thought they were so pretty, I took close-up photos of them.  And then I learned that they were thriving because they were feasting on my roses.  Arrgh!  Well, while we have been spraying the roses to keep them away this year, I still think they are kinda pretty.  So I painted one on my leg.  Here’s what I did….

1) Paint the body with Kryolan Metallic Copper.
2) Add the green…I used TAG Pearl Green.
3) Add some shading to the shell.  I used a watered down Kryolan black with a #4 brush.
4) Outline the body with Wolfe black and a #1 round brush.
5) Begin adding the legs and antennae with Wolfe black & #1 round brush.
6) Finish off the legs. I also added some highlights to the green parts with Kryolan metallic gold.
7) Use a dry, fine rake brush with Wolfe white to add the fine hairs on the legs and all around the back.
8) Now block out the white hairs on the back end that shouldn’t be there with your Wolfe black to form the spotted white pattern around the back.
9) Brighten up the white “spots” and add highlights with Wolfe white and your #1 round brush.
10) Finish off with a shadow.  I use a watered down Kryolan black.

I like to use Kryolan black for the shading and shadows underneath because I feel that it behaves more like a watercolor paint, allowing me to blend it and have transparency.  Wolfe is just SO nice and solid black, and super bright white and I simply must have both brands in my kit! 😉

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