I currently have two batches of horses being worked on rather regularly, which is fun and awesome and means serious progress. Rotating between them leaves time for epoxy or fixative to dry, and means more solid work time over all.
Speaking of epoxy! I have always used “but I have wet epoxy!” as an excuse not to do chores, but that explanation may now be futile. I learned from Karen Grigson’s Bluebird Studio blog that you can slow the curing time for epoxy by putting it in the freezer- and thus save your leftover bits until you have the time to use them.
The Akhal Teke lost his head and hooves but has since gained epoxy, and is at least giving me the attitude I want.
Baking soda and glue to the rescue!
Hmm… that face needs serious work.
It’s fun and interesting to be sculpting a horse with such specific and unusual breed characteristics. With the Akhal in my Sculpting WIP Batch are my Thoroughbred racehorse with her new opened mouth and the one time “Head Down Mare” who is now destined to be a gelding and has put on some serious weight. I’m thinking Percheron/Quarter Horse. All three of these are quite challenging- I’ve got the unique Akhal type, a tiny open mouth, and some big muscle groups to sculpt. And I’m having a ball.
In the Pastelling Batch it’s a big ol’ Pony Party.
From left: unnamed potential sale pony, Typhoid Mary, Alpo
The chestnut pony is almost done, which is satisfying. I think she’ll go up for sale when finished. Typhoid Mary is just beginning to get layers of dapples and individual hair detail, so she’ll be on the table for a while. Alpo mostly has his body done, but matching his mane and tail and making them match his body and be realistic will be a definite challenge. I’m looking forward to having him done- such attitude.
Don’t mess with the poneh.
I also finally photographed my sales horse “Jaycee” so she’s up on my sales page and on MH$P.
I spent several hours today working on models, and I found myself thinking about my post of yesterday featuring albums of start to finish customs. I absolutely love seeing other artists’ works in progress, almost more than the lovely finished products! And I learn a lot from my oogling- there is a lot of knowledge to pick up just my watching another person work.
Tonight I took a dremel to two horses, and in both cases I used knowledge I had gleaned from other people’s work. This picture of a WIP medallion helped me realize I needed to re-do my racing Thoroughbred’s open mouth.
CM Kronos Medallion WIP by FriesianFury Studio
One of my dremel tasks tonight was to open up my horse’s jaw so that the facial anatomy would be more correct for her open mouth.
My other task is a new project, a Chips Thoroughbred to an Akhal Teke. I absolutely love Akhal Tekes, but there aren’t any nice Teke models in my price range. So I’ll attempt to make my own. But it’s going to take a lot of changes, especially to get the attitude I’m looking for. I had a lot of dremeling to do, so I used a strategy I’ve seen multiple others employ: I drew on the horse with sharpie to mark where I needed to cut or shave or move. That way when I sat down with the dremel, I had a clear plan instead of trying to just eyeball things.
How else could I have created this, er, lovely creature? Here’s hoping some nice time with the heat gun will get him looking a little more graceful. But that’s for tomorrow!
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