|The first Todd medallion, painted by Deb Brown of the UK|
He didn't fully go on sale until March, where I had the first painted copy in my hands, but February was still very exciting nonetheless as people waited for me to make him available. Some were sold unpainted whereas others had a deposit paid so I could paint them as commission orders. It was great fun bringing my sculpture to life!
The nice thing was that some people asked for him to be painted as a portrait of their own horse, which would make him extra special to them. I was very happy to carry this out and give them something to remember their family member by.
This medallion, for example, was painted to a horse known as 'Toledo' for my friend. He was quite a 'difficult' colour in the sense I had to get my head around what colours to use in order to paint him, but the results were worth it!
|Todd as a portrait of a horse named Toledo|
|My 14 year-old self on board the gorgeous Toledo!|
|Todd as a Fjord that I customised in 2012, now residing in the UK|
|Todd with a rosette he won - I also won an Inferno medallion by Kelly!|
This Todd below was painted by KNC Studios in the US. Having other artists paint your own sculpture is also a nice feeling. I wonder what this one is up to now!?
I remember casting the medallions one by one, with the anticipation of waiting for the mould to set, to pouring the first casting with the resin I had mixed. With it being a completely new concept to me (and with me being terrified of breaking the clay original and worried that the mould wouldn't set, etc. etc. ) when the first few came out of he mould unharmed, it was a big sigh of relief.
Before I knew it, I had a whole army of them!
The whole process of creating my first medallion bust was inspirational, educational and it provided me with determination and eagerness to sculpt and create more. The amount I learnt through one small pony shaped clay head is incomprehensible. It is just so hard to believe that he went from looking like this...
If you own a Todd medallion, if it has been painted, do get in touch and share photos with me. I love to look and see what people have done with them.
Thanks for letting me be nostalgic and share my Todd memories!