Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Jacob

Some of you are aware that last Tuesday was my birthday, on the 22nd. I had a wonderful time surrounded by my friends, it was most definitely without a doubt one of the best birthdays I have had in years, since my 16th, to be exact! I shared it with my friend at university who has it on the very same day as me and is such a good friend of mine, we both really enjoyed ourselves.

Some of you may also be aware that I was after a Julip CJP pony for a very, very long time. I collect the odd julip as I find them so adorable, and when a CJP I saw had come up for sale I immediately jumped at the chance, and my Dad went halves with me for my birthday present. I was thrilled! So meet Jacob:


I will get more photos this weekend for when I return home, when he also encounters his new friends. I also got the new Nikon 1 camera (and I LOVE it!) so expect some lovely photos to come your way. I will be able to snap better photos of some of my customs too no doubt, so I will probably update my website a bit with some photos, which will be nice. I will be sure to share with you some of my favourites on here though as well.

I am hoping to put some paint on my Obrigado resin too! He is sitting in my studio fully prepped, I am itching to put paint on him! The weather better stay 'warm' (it certainly feels like summer here after the sub-zero temperatures and snow recently!)

Clare

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Stablemate Victims

I won some stablemate model horses on eBay last week and they have arrived. I will be visiting home next weekend and that is where my heat gun is, so I shall soon be mangling these ponies up! I can then take them back to university with me where I can slowly work on them with my apoxie. These are my ideas for these models, hopefully the majority of them will work out!

. First of all, this Belgian. Not too much is going to happen with this guy but I am thinking about lowering the front leg a bit and then giving him loads of hair to make him into a large, feathery animal.


This jumper won't be so drastic either, I just want him to be in more of a bascule position with his head and neck, as if he is really trying over his fence. I am planning on redoing the tail as well.


This peruvian paso will be a lot more drastic if I can pull it off! I am wondering if I can alter him so he is in a semi-rear, although this will be tricky and his hips will have to be altered.


I want to lower this one's head and paint this QH a strawberry roan.


This andalusian is on his feet for a reason! I am going to see if I can straighten his body and then alter his legs as if he is performing the Spanish walk, although I don't find him particularly andalusian-like. So perhaps I will straighten his body and make him 'dance'.


I want to straighten this G2 Morgan as well, but only his neck. I want to lower his head too so it is as if he is performing the piaffe, but I may put the front leg forward and make him into a spanish trotting andalusian. There are so many possibilities!


I will make this one into an arabian (I have had this idea for years!) as I will also straighten this one's neck and dish the face out some.


I am not entirely sure what I want to do with these two thoroughbreds, but one of them I want to rest the leg and turn his head as if he is resting in the field, but perhaps he is curious about something. As for the other one, I might lift his head some and re-do his ears as if he is angry? Then I could re do the tail and make it swish.


These two foals will have their heads turned slightly, just to make them more unique!


I have a lot of projects ahead of me, it seems! I feel ready to do this after the stablemates I completed back in the summer.

Clare

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Another Complete

Well, I was on a roll today! This little filly has been in progress for a few months now and the paintwork was actually completed in 2012, the tail had been glued and half of the mane too but then I stopped as I lost inspiration and went to university. This afternoon I wasn't doing anything major and so I thought I should just finish her off!

I think I will name her Annabelle, so me she suits it.


When I get back to university after this weekend I shall be working on a new medallion, although it is a secret until complete! It is exciting, I can't wait to show you but it is going to be a while yet... I have gathered plenty of reference pictures for this idea of mine and I am raring to sculpt it!

Clare

First two Customs of 2013

These two actually had their main colours done, they were just lacking the details and so whilst I am at home for a flying visit this weekend, I thought I could quickly finish them! I am pleased with how they turned out and I have to say that the Lady Phase model has really grown on me, her overall expression I just find so sweet.

I painted her to a dappled dun with some white, so she can effectively pass as a Paint horse. I am especially proud of her colouring because I do find duns and palomino horses difficult to do, and she turned out extra nice - especially because of the dapples!


I also redid her mane and gave her new ears, so this model isn't in the best of moods but she looks like she could be happily relaxed in a pasture with her pals.

The second repaint is Breyer's Classic Arabian. Again, I actually like the model a lot, although not as much as Lady Phase. I was itching to paint something very dappley (as you can tell, I have been in a big dappling mood over these past few weeks!) and so she was my next victim.


Both will be shown in March at Yvonne's Southern Roundup and then I will think about selling them along with some others, although they might not sell until the end of the year if I go to BMECS!

Clare

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Changes to Hammy

First of all I want to thank you guys for the support over the past couple of days, I felt a bit whiny in writing my last post but I had to get it out there. I can now safely say that I am feeling a lot more under control and happier with my position now, I have gone back to university and everything is running smoothly and fine, and I am managing to sort things out one thing at a time, the only way!

I have just been playing on GIMP on my university laptop (my laptop at home has Photoshop, GIMP is a free photo editing version) and I have altered Hamlet a bit on it with reference to a photo I found online of a beautiful cob. I know that the angle of the cob in the photo is different to Hamlet but it has really made me rethink about his legs and hooves, and I feel like chopping some of them off and changing their angles etc. It never ends it seems!

To me, after making these changes he is already looking way more realistic. I have to admit that in GIMP I had to lengthen and shorten some of his legs to make them look right, and I might have to do this in the hard copy if I am going to alter the angles of some of his hooves. Poor guy! Hopefully he will be worth all of the pain he has to suffer... :-)

Clare