One-Stroke Skeletal Unicorn step-by-step
Updating my one-stroke unicorn for the spooky season. I picked some unusual colour choices to show up against my black practice board but I actually quite like the colourful undead unicorn(??). The head is Global Fun Stroke Kalahari and the hair is Global Fun Stroke Moscow.
-Next you want to layer a row of little U strokes up towards those ears. These will make the vertebrae.
-The head shape is the trickiest part of unicorns. Starting with your brush square on to the ears you just created. The stroke for the front of the head is a very long flat S shape with a curve at the end for the muzzle. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it straight away, using one-stroke is practicing until it’s muscle-memory. Practice on paper if you don’t have a practice board (although I really recommend the Sally Anne Lynch ones, I have 5).
-Finish the head by starting where the last stroke ended and curve it up to back between those ears. There may be a gap between these two strokes but you can fill it in with one corner of your brush later.
-The jaw is just two “Comma” strokes. Flip your brush so the colours are inverted for the second one.
-This is where I filled in the gaps in the head and at the top of the neck.
-The horn is a series of decreasing little U strokes stacked on each other from the base. Horns can really go wrong and either look like the poo swirl emoji (too short) or phallic (too round at the tip). Have a firm hand on your customers head and use your pinky finger as a prop if you’re comfortable.
-For the hair I like to use a one stroke loaded dagger brush. Move the brush in long back and forth waves.
-I also use the dagger brush upside down to detail the hair with the tip. This is also great for tiger whiskers.
-Final details with a number 1 brush in black and white. The eye socket is really far on horses, also they only have a few teeth at the front and a few right at the back of the jaw. The nasal socket is just a V. Highlighting the horn really helps it stand out and look professional. Use the same sort of stroke for segmenting a snake body.
There you have it. One Skeletal Unicorn. Hope this helps diversify your designs this Halloween season.
Rosemary Black x