Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Bronte Resin Makeover!

This resin was a commission from someone for me to complete for them. I find this resin so small and cute and I was very pleased to have been given this opportunity to paint one. They also wanted it haired and I just love to hair model horses, it makes them more unique in my eyes and the possibilities are endless. I have a soft spot for haired model horses and I especially love it when I hair the mini resins!

I completed this mini Welsh resin last year as a commission and he has won loads of his classes:

The Bronte resin arrived to me with plaits on her mane and half a dock sculpted on. I sculpted the rest of the dock there just to give the tail shape for when I added the mohair, and took off the plaits on the mane. I then sanded her down and put some primer on. She was quite smooth already with a lot of prep work done so the rest for me was minimal!

After the prepping I painted her colour to a dappled chestnut. This is the first time I have put dapples on a true stablemate scaled horse with my airbrush so I was pretty pleased with the way it all turned out!

I then added a star and sock to the hind leg like the customer wanted. After the details, sealing and glossing, I then put the mohair on!! The customer gave me some lovely coloured mohair for me to use and so I put it on the resin and then she was done!

I am very pleased with her and so is her owner!

I wish her luck in the 2012 showring...


Monday, 19 December 2011

Madoc from Start to Finish

I finished my Madoc resin!! This is his story on how he came to be...

He came to me good as new, but as soon as I could I dremelled off his mane, and made him a bald pony!!

I sanded it down a bit after the dremelling as it was rough afterwards. I then sculpted on the mane with my apoxie sculpt, as well as filling in some gaps that were left over after the mane was taken off. The mane was really fun to sculpt, I love fjord ponies and it was relatively easy to do.

Unfortunately I didn't get any photos, but after this I sanded it down a little and primered over the resin in grey primer. This helped me to see where else needed sanding, and it turned out that I hadn't sanded enough! I had to sand down and smooth out the apoxie sculpt that I placed on the neck, and then once this was done I primered again. That was the last time I primered and afterwards I painted him straight!

The base took a while to paint, it just wouldn't dry!! I went for a lush green colour as it looks like the pony is trotting along some beautiful spring grass... Here is the finished Madoc, who I have now names Widget:

Isn't he the cutest little pony?!

I did a little snowy set up for the pony so he looks like he is having a lovely run about in the snow, almost as if he has picked up a mare's scent!! For the background, I just found a snowy picture on my laptop and then just put the rest of the set up on my keyboard, it worked pretty well:

I hope you enjoyed that little journey!


Friday, 2 December 2011

The Beginnings of a New Horse...

I said in a couple of my earlier blog posts that I was to start a new and exciting project! Although not much has been done yet, I thought hat now was the time that I could start sharing some news...

A couple of years ago, I had some spare sculpey and started to create a stablemate scaled Andalusian sculpture, performing the Spanish walk. He ended up looking quite good despite what a pain sculpey can be! I ended up baking him (perhaps slightly too early) and then sanded and fiddled around with him some more... Ears kept crumbling and before I knew it I was adding bits to him with my Apoxie sculpt!

I put him to the side and left him. I then completed my A levels and everything. It has only been recent that I had decided that I want to complete my idea properly, as he was looking really good and I had a fair bit of interest!! So I asked a wonderful sculptor in the UK Kelly Savage for some tips on what to get and she helped enormously. So I made an online order and my stuff came through!!

I bought the medium stuff because I have heard that the soft is just too soft, but didn't want to go for hard incase it was too difficult to work with (everything is down to artist's preference!) so I went for the one in the middle. I then roughly drew out what I want to achieve (the drawing took five minutes, not 100% accurate at all but this drawing is the height that I want to try and make my sculpture to be!)

I have a whole bunch of different reference photos, from skeletal structures of the equine through to different Andalusian headshots and profiles.

I need to have access to wire cutters (which will be this weekend!) and I was simply itching to sculpt something! So I took a bit of the clay from the corner and just started working on the head... When it comes to getting the full armature made, I can clay it up and then just chuck the head on!

This was after about an hours work, the head is still really bulky and not much detail is there... The photos make it look really rough but the clay is smoother in real life! Very strange...

The ears were just placed on for character. As for the eyes, they have now gone. I am going to try and put some small beads in their place thanks to fellow hobbyists for the tip, and so currently right now the head is like the one below. Again, it looks really rough but it a lot smoother than the first lot of photos too. The nostrils and mouth are a more natural shape and the head is less bulky. I need to of course work on the jaw and muscles grouped there, but that will all come in good time... For now, I am just happy that it is head shaped (and looks MILES better than the head I ever sculpted with the sculpey model!)

Again, the ears are just placed on.

This is going to be such a fun and exciting project that I can't wait to get fully underway... If you want to see what happens to this chap, I suggest you follow my blog to see!!


Monday, 14 November 2011

Breyer Mule from Start to Finish

I obtained this mule body in a trade for a commission and I was excited that I could research into what a mule is and to do a custom. She came to me in a standard body condition and I thought this was great, as minimal work was needed! So off came her logo, and I suddenly realised that her hooves were whole and didn't have frogs etc... As well as her ears. So I decided to, for the first proper time with the dremel, to carve these out!!

It turned out quite well and after sanding her body, she was ready to be primed and painted. I used grey primer for this, I decided to give the grey a go as I have been so used to white primer (I used to pastel my model horses so a white primer base coat is necessary, however when a white base coat is not required and you are using acrylics, might as well use grey!) and then I started to paint! The burnt umber went on first, before I added dapples and shading etc.

And soon the mule was done! All that was left was to add the mohair on the tail...

Now I read when I researched (with the help of some fellow hobbyists who found some useful websites for me!) that as a military tradition, mules' tails were shaven and then had bells from their hair in their tails to mark how trained they were. As Breyer's Mule model seems to be fairly laid back and standard, I went for the three bells, the maximum bells a mule can have; the three bells imply that the mule has had full training and is able to do certain things.

So, after adding the mohair to the tail, I classed her as done... So meet my latest piece! She is unnamed and will be for sale in the near future. If you are interested, get in touch!

I hope you enjoyed following this mule's journey as she was reborn! Over the next few days I will also have more photos coming of the projects I worked on when I went home. :-)


Thursday, 10 November 2011

Awaiting Approval...

Unfortunately these photos do not do the horses justice, but I just sent these photos to the owners to see if I am heading in the right direction for them...

First up, the Bronte resin:

And the first Strapless:

Lets see what they say... :)


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Project Pictures

More are to come in due course, along with detailed descriptions and whatnot, but here are photos of all of my projects, including those for customers (I do not usually post these publicly but I am only posting images and nothing more! Mainly for the customers privacy...)

First up, Sheba Body here with the paintwork finished and awaiting tail hair:

Bronte Resin fully prepped at this stage:

Weather Girl in progress...

Don't even ask about this one... Man O War's body and a resculpted FAM head!! Do not know where this one is heading, more of a fun project really that could well take its time... I have plenty more photos of this one in progress which will come shortly once I make a proper post about her. All conformation may loook dodgy right now but I am working on it, so not looking for crit yet!:

I also have two Strapless bodies... Here is one:

I hope you enjoyed looking through these photos!

My Winning Boy

Here is the photo of the Nokota with his winnings, courtesy of Bel Kranz:

I am very proud!


Down Under Nationals

I was ecstatic to see on Facebook this morning that my good friend in Australia attended DUN in Australia over the weekend, and it turns out this fella went along!

It turns out he got an overall Champion in the Ferals!! I am so proud, I painted him back in 2009. :) I shared the photo on Facebook of him with his rosette and will ask if I can have permission to use the photo at a later date. yay!

As for in the studio, I have a LOT going, on, stay tuned for photos to come in due course! Unfortunately I left my camera cable back at uni so the majority of the WIP photos have to wait... So perhaps I will wait until I can put it all in order. :)


Wednesday, 26 October 2011

CollectA Customs

I thought I could share some customs with you I did over the summer, I have fallen in love with Deb McDermott's BEAUTIFUL CollectA models (and yes, I have seen the new draft mare on the way, isn't she gorgeous?!) and so I had to buy some... Obviously I bought the CollectAs and not the resin forms, I am a bit of a cheap skate I suppose!! But they really are lovely and no details have been spared. I bought a few to start painting and here they are:

This one I call 'Trot Along Toby' he is my absolute favourite one I think, a beautiful thoroughbred that I managed to capture a wonderfully light bay on. I was going to sell him but in the end I said no as I love him too much!! He came fourth in the Bay class at the MHL Live 2011 too:

This one is the Friesian that I had painted to a cob. I usually use my airbrush but this was pure hand painted acrylics! This one I ended up not selling either, although I might one day. For now though, he is pretty safe in my showstring...

This one is the Andalusian that I thought would look great in a midnight black colour, he came 5th in a Black Workmanship class too at MHL Live which made me happy, he is now living in the US...

This one is living in the US too with the andalusian, I painted this one to a fiery flaxen chestnut:

After those four, I had bought two more to paint, one of them was the Lusitano model that I painted to a chestnut frame overo, and then I showed him as a mustang at the MHL Live and he came 2nd in his large american class:

And lastly, but certainly not least, is this hanoverian that I painted to a black. Unfortunately I didn't take any photos from when he was first finished, but I do have this picture of him winning first place in the Black class at MHL Live!! He is for sale, by the way...

And thats it for now! I hope you enjoyed them. They really are lovely little models to collect or repaint. But now all I am going to do is sit and wait for that drafter to come out... :-)


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Dapple Grey Tutorial

Hi everyone,

I thought I should add this link to one of the videos on my youtube account, it is my dapple grey tutorial using my airbrush on Breyer's Valentine model. I hope you enjoy!

Have a good evening,


Monday, 24 October 2011

MHL Live Show 2011

Well a lot of people will know that I run 'Model Horse Love' along with Rachel Smith and Christine Sutcliffe... In September this year we held a live show in Leicestershire! It was such good fun but I never managed to do a full blown report on it, the day was so hectic but it was lovely to meet loads of people and have support.

I had been getting horrible anxiety and panic attacks over the summer and they are slowly starting to subside as I am learning how to deal with them, I got a touch of anxiety at the show but it was me rushing around and being silly! A lot of my horses that I had painted did very well for me at the show and I am very pleased with my finish work these days...

I acquired an airbrush to paint my models last March/April time, just as I had stopped to update my blog!! How unfortunate is that, LOL! But I am back now anyway and I can share model horsey goodness with you all. :-) Soooo here are some photos from the MHL live that I would like to share with you!

First of all is this little AA Welshie I painted to a lovely bay, he got third in his class (and at FITS in the summer he got a 1st!!)I am keeping him for my collection now because he is so sweet, and in a recent trade I got hold of another to paint... Stay tuned with him!!

Next up is Take Me On, my lovely little micro shetland that just does so well for me at shows! He came second in his class here, but in previous shows he gained a Reserve Champion position:

Here is the photo of him and his rosette from the other show:

So as you can tell, I am very proud of my little pony!! My Jellibaby got a 1st in her class at the MHL Live too, here is a photo of her with her little win. She has got much more placings than this but I shouldn't bombard you all with endless photos...

There are so many more photos of my horses and their placings, I really can't list them all I am afraid... But I hope you enjoyed these photos! Pretty much every time my horses enter a show ring, they come out with a placing of some description and it makes me so happy, my placings are getting higher and higher as my standards are increasing with every custom and it is exciting and thrilling to watch my skills improve with every model!

Thanks for letting me share!