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Basic (but Super Useful) Tips from Other Bloggers

Never loose the “trouble spots” again! Karen Grigson of Bluebird Studio circles spots that need more prep work so she doesn’t loose them. This is simple but brilliant.

Find your seams with Amanda Brock of Rogue Horse Studio. She demonstrates on a resin, but this wisdom holds true for other makes too.

Don’t forget the chestnuts! And if you do, here’s an easy fix from Jenn Danza at Cool Blue Studio.

I am constantly impressed by how generously people in this hobby share there tips and tricks. Speaking of which, I hear that Anna Kirby/Dreamflite Design’s stablemate saddle tutorial is almost ready for release. Be excited!

Thanksgiving Tidbits

This post was supposed to go up on Wednesday the 23rd, but when I logged in yesterday there it was in my “drafts” folder, waiting to be published. Alas, at the moment I have little else to post- I have finally finished the Super Secret Distracting-From-Models Crafty Christmas Gift and am nearing the finish line (teehee!) on my racehorse diorama. But that shall have to wait. Until then…

This week I’m down in California visiting my in-laws for Thanksgiving. I probably won’t be back to ponies until Saturday at the earliest. I imagine many people are spending this week with family and have less time for models. But if you’re looking for a quick fix, check out some of these cool links.

Lipizzaner custom by Cindi Evans – this custom (just sold) is a great example of how a bit of nuanced, well-executed sculpting can make for a very unique and interesting model. No drastic customization, but a drastic change nonetheless. Just lovely!

Dreamflite Design video – Anna Kirby was interviewed on TV for a segment on her amazing stablemate tack. It’s cool to see our hobby getting some press, and with such a talented representative!

Two video tutorials on grey hooves by Jaime Baker, pastel artist extraordinaire.

Dreamflite Designs galloping boots tutorial – Anna Kirby’s ingenious design for stablemate boots.

Cavalia – the famous horse-themed circus extravaganza, coming soon to a city near me. Have you seen it?

image from Cavalia website

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Feathers Tutorial from FriesianFury Studio

A gentle giant featuring furry feet. Photo by Jennifer Buxton.

Sara of FriesianFury Studio just posted a great tutorial on sculpting feathers for model horses. I particularly appreciate the many photos included to show the steps in her technique. Her method of building a “base” for the feathers before trying to sculpt the hair is applicable for a lot of other sculpting, too.

It’s funny to re-post this today because one of my activities today is dremelling off the OF feathers from my Highland Pony turned Fjord. Now where are my goggles…

Odds and Ends and Links and Pictures

Since I came in on one of my off days this week I had Monday off, which is a real treat. I spent most of the time chillaxing with ponies and have various goodies to share.

For those of you who don’t read Jennifer Buxton’s amazing blog, I wanted to re-post a link she posted for the MEPSA (Model Equine Photo Shower’s Association) Performance Clinic. Members can submit their photos in various classes and have them placed and critiqued by others. There is also lots of information on basic performance classes. This is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about performance showing.

For the first time in a while I checked out the Model Horse Sales Pages and found not one but TWO Stablemate Fjord customs. One is by Shannon Mayfield on the Highland Pony mold (ad here) and the other is by Jeanine Olsen on the Para Dressage mold (ad here). The Para Dressage mold does make a lovely Fjord, but I like the Highland too. Without the feathers the legs look cleaner but strong. I think my guy will end up working out as one- and I can always show him as a young stallion if I still don’t think he’s beefy enough.

I put in quite a few hours on my little race horse project today- I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on the blog yet, but I’m making three micro mini race horses with (non-removable) tack and jockeys to put in a little diorama. They’ll be in the homestretch about to cross the finish line.

I’m still in the early stages. Right now I’ve got my three horses about where they need to be, with a little more epoxy work necessary. Then they’ll need to have their acrylic rods put in before I start painting them. But before that, I’ve got to finish sculpting the jockeys, since they need to be fitted to each horse. And right now they look like little deformed water skippers.

And the horses are looking funky in their acrylic “primer” and cellophane safety suits.

And now back to my “studio.” I hope to sneak in another hour or two of fun before I have to think about boring things like chores or eating.

Neck and Neck

Now that I’m finding a bit of time here and there to be working on models again, I have to remember where I was when I left off! I am lucky to have Laura Skillern’s excellent three part tutorial on necks (Necking, Off With His Head, and Recapitation) because I suddenly find myself in progress on a bunch of tricksy necks.

Her explanation of the movement of neck bones was particularly helpful, because it showed me-before I got any further-how incorrectly short my head down mare’s neck is:

I knew something looked funky…

Laura’s tutorial helped me to see that really it should sort of look “too long” because the neck vertebrae are all stretched out in that position, creating length. I did this quick mock up of the necessary changes:

If only moving parts was this easy in epoxy!

I realized that the correct neck design also requires that the withers come forward a bit. And while I’m dremeling her to pieces, I’ll be bringing her supporting hind legs quite a bit more under the body to support her weight realistically. Sigh. This poor mare…

I’ll be tackling her when I have ample time to give. Meanwhile, I’m sanding and smoothing and fixing little nit picks on my next crop who are waiting patiently in their primer for the beginning of color.

Off Topic, and yet…

I have quite a few hobby heroes whose blogs I follow, and one of them is the amazingly resourceful Christine Sutcliffe aka Elrenia Greenleaf of EA Equestrian, Equinox Stables, and Last Alliance Studios. What impresses me so much about Christine’s creation are the scope and creativity, particularly in her use of materials. She has several fully created yards for her horses.

A couple weeks ago I was blown away by yet another creation- a background for science-fiction photostories. I myself do not collect sci-fi figures or do photostories, but there is a lot to admire about and glean from Christine’s work.

She took a bunch of materials from around the house and made this totally realistic space ship wall.

How cool is that?

WOW. Just wow. And all those parts are plain ol’ household items. Check out this tagged flickr post to see what each and every bit was in its past life.

And if you still aren’t impressed, check out this prosthetic leg she made for one of her figures.

Photo and notes by Elrenia Greenleaf, posted on her Last Alliance Studios blog

I love the ballpoint pen connected to the coffee stirrer. Priceless.

A bit off topic, yes, but any hobbyist can learn a lot about creative resourcefulness from Christine’s work. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create cool props and dioramas. But when you see some random item that could be something else in miniature, keep it in mind for your next project!

Necking with Laura

Apologies to Laura Skillern, but she started it with her post title and I could not resist. Her post is a great introduction to sculpting horse necks, and all the things that can affect shape and size. And she says there’s more on the way!

I’m particularly excited about these neck tutorials because (prior to packing up the studio) I was working on a major neck resculpt for a stablemate whose in-progress title is “Head Down Mare.” Her front half is the G2 ASB and her back half is the G1 Morgan mare. She is on her way to being a snoozing mare.

This picture is rather outdated (for one, her topline is now level) but it shows the basic idea.

I’ve had to totally redo her neck, which is a first for me. Here are my two main reference pictures:

Image by © Gunter Marx Photography/CORBIS

I’m eager to get back to work on this sleepy gal, once I have established my new studio space… and gleaned more sage wisdom from Laura!