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8/31 Still needs veins but I'm pretty
happy with how her details are turning out now that the
final primer coats are going on.
8/29 photoshop testing short mane for
alternative version. I may go this route & offer up
a shortened version, I remain undecided. It's easy with
resin to simple trim down the mane. Having 2 different molds
running is complicated and expensive if there isn't enough
call for one or the other version. On the fence. I *do*
like the look though, more traditional QH shape to me! However
now they seem to going towards a longer mane style.... like
I said, just on the fence right now. Happy to take any input!
8/4 testest out mane to fit under my largest
skirted minature western saddle and ease of slipping on
a fully tightened/fitted breastcollar. Important points
for my customers! Both worked nicely with my pose and mane
-> I do want to make a tiny bit more clearance under
the mane for larger saddle pads but I can keep my vision
as is. I have baked the polymer clay and have moved on to
finer refinements & measurements (balance and symmetry).
Some muscle groups are still getting defined/placed as appropriate
to a mare of her power and strength! Note that working in
polymer clays you bake is newer to me but saves me an expensive
step of casting the clay - it's also fun to work in all
sorts of media as commercial work sometimes requires you
to adapt as well.
(below) Early on in the process, long before clay was baked
- see also all the videos of her stages below this!
Ranch Mare Sculpture - the very beginning!
This gal has really inspired me and started rolling out
literally right after Breyerfest 2014. I had the idea some
time ago but have been rather busy so wasn't able to start
until then. In fact I started in a way that's a little unusal
for me; head first! Anyhow, I also have decided to try a
novel approach & document ( a bit anyhow) the stages.
I don't have a go pro and am using my cell phone so the
videos probably won't be working ones but we'll see. :)
I've got so many references, working cattle, roping, field
work of all types.. I don't have a better name for her yet
than "Ranch Mare" although I also thought of "Rodeo
Mare" because so many of my favorite references are
of the flag bearers in the beginning (then there aren't
typically cows in the way!) ;) Anyhow, here's the start
of the video series (plural I hope soon!);
Part II Sculpting a Ranch Mare
Part III Sculpting a Ranch Mare
Part IV(a) Sculpting the Ranch Mare (update)
Part IV(b) Sculpting the Ranch Mare (measuring anatomy)
IV(c) Sculpting the Ranch Mare (anatomy & references)
This fellow is literally only a couple of hours old here
-> I needed to test the capabilities of the sculpting
kit used to teach the beginner workshops at Breyerfest (where
we only have 2hrs Blog post from 2011 where you can read
about me creating him to test the scultping kit is here:
). & He's still not much more than 2hrs in - 3years
Buuuuuuuuuuuut unfortunately he's starting to develop cracks
so I need to wrap him up & cast. I pull him out for my workshop
every year at Breyerfest and noticed this year he's starting
to crumble... there may be a small pebbles scale Vanner
in my near future!
This is an old project that recently found
new life in my studio when I placed the headless fellow
(at the time) beside one that was also scraped some six
or seven years ago. At the time I had decided both were
getting too large. Now I feel it might be nice to go from
working on my three inch tall liberty Andalusian to working
on this large fellow! So he may actually be next. I've been
itching to do more details on a larger scale and this simply
isn't possible after they get so small. Anyhow, here he
is as of Dec 13th, 2013. I've obviously photoshopped to
show the hair & my final "vision" but all I did was add
hair & a base here.. (and sorta hide the post he's on for
I think this comparison
above is the easiest way to show how completely different
this new guy, Quartermeister is from his derived sculpt
Deputed Duke... for now anyhow!
I recast/resectioned/resculpted Quartermeister's head. It's
bigger & even the bones are at different angles more appropriate
to a warmblood with draft influence. But even here you can
see at the base of the neck how much BIGGER this bad boy
is! It's taken me almost a decade to work him out but I'm
really pretty pleased finally at his entirely different
Something new I haven't shared yet is this
bust of a Hunter type horse. This one was started as part
of a demonstration but is finding a life of her own.. so many
things might change about her still!
~ 3 inches tall -- Inspired by mules I photographed
a few years ago at the Benson Mule Days parade. Also not too
far off from being completed at this point as well!
Really there isn't much more to explain
about this fun guy except that he's probably destined to be
earthbound by a base of long grass reaching his feet. I've
been wanting to sculpt a dog forever now. I cheated some on
the armature & reused my squat little minature horse "Kipling"
body (the clay gets destroyed in demolding). Anyhow, but you
can see I had to lengthen the limbs and add a tail. That's
a gallon milk jug top (lip cut away) to give an idea of size.
There is a blog post and several comments
following it that explain this guy so much better (click