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Start to Finish Customs from Strutt’n Steed Studio

I love seeing start to finish photos of other people’s customs. It’s such a great way to learn from and admire another hobbyist’s work. I follow Strutt’n Steed Studios’ blog, and artist Rikki Lyman recently posted two awesome start to finish albums.

Check out the adorable pony Bailey (custom TR Eberl Haflinger) and playful donkey foal Emelia (custom CL Cantering Foal).

One of my own very much in progress


I slept in this morning and then spent a lovely day working on my ponies. I took over our kitchen island and it was grand. And yet…

It seems I am stuck in this perpetual nit-picking stage with some of these horses. All of my work today was slight enough to be nearly imperceptible. Lots of sanding and slight changes that didn’t really feel like progress.

My Tiger Horse mare got mane and tail details, had her sculpted on shoes removed, and got basic hoof detailing. She still needs eyes (potentially with scelera) and some hoof striping.

Weasel got some acrylic details too, which mainly showed me that he needs more pastel work. Sigh.

Typhoid Mary got her sculpted feathers removed and her lower legs detailed. The shaggy fetlocks were making her legs strange and fat and her hooves look tiny.

Another layer of primer goes on. Most of these guys still need sanding and more primer in a place or too. I feel like they’ve been in this stage forever! I think the mule (top left) is finally ready to start with some color. He’s only been in progress since, oh, April 2010.

Does anyone have tips on primering? I feel like my horses either get too much thickness or not enough coverage is needed areas, particularly when I have a horse that is already white, gets sanded in one area, and then needs coverage just there. I also have trouble with those hard to read places like inner fetlocks. Thoughts?

Today was my special pony day. Tonight I’m driving down to go see my horse. Tomorrow I’ll ride (yay!) and then in the afternoon I’m driving some friends to the Humane Society to adopt their first kitty. Hopefully my work schedule will change soon so I’ll actually have some free afternoons. That would be really nice.

Remake progress

I am having a bit of a crappy week but I hope to spend much of this weekend working on models and distracting myself from the aforementioned crap.

Several of the models that I have been sculpting for weeks are nearing completion and will be ready for painting to start. I have been having so much fun with the sculpting aspect of things that I have barely done finish work lately. But soon I’m going to be overflowing with models needing paint work. I like to work in these batches, with lots of models needing sculpting or paint, because I can go slow and rotate around, working on each one each day and still having plenty to keep me occupied. Otherwise I work too fast and bad things happen.

This is Alpo, a snotty little pony made from the G3 Highland. He’ll be painted a very white grey.

This is a PS mule with a new belled tail. I’ve redone that darn tail about 5 times but I think this time I might actually keep it. He’ll be a chestnut with pangare.

The G2 Shetland with a less neurotic headset, new ears, tail, and knotted mane. She’ll be a semi portrait of my friend’s adorable rose grey Welsh.

I love to chop up stablemates. My original idea was simply to use the back half of the G2 ASB with the front half of the G1 Morgan mare (left) but then my friend told me I should put the two remaining halves together too, so the model on the right was born. Colors, names, and breeds are still undecided, and I have a lot of sculpting left to do on these two. The model on the right is my first to require massive muscle re-sculpting… I’m learning lots, and fast!

Mostly the above models require sanding, sanding, more sanding, and a few little tweaks. I also have a G3 Cantering Warmblood who I hope to start today; he’ll be a warm dapple bay. I may also get feisty and try some acrylic body work on my another (uncustomized) G3 Highland pony.

Model horses are great therapy.