Monday, 16 February 2015

Azucena Progress

This morning I worked on Azucena, my classic scaled Andalusian mare horse sculpture. I mainly worked on her facial features again, where I re-did her eyes because they were sticking out at the wrong angle and I only just summoned up the courage to gouge her old ones out and pop new ones on. This made her clay extremely malleable as I worked on her which lead to me storing her in the fridge for a period of time to cool down!

Later, I continued to work away (and even detached the head to get in real close and to make sure her eyes matched, her nostrils were ok and other fine detailing.

I am now extremely happy with the progress, and I also ordered waste moulding materials for a couple of weeks time. I still want to refine her legs as they need to be thinner and more built up in places and I also want to do her fetlocks and make sure her hooves are ok. I still want to work on her tail and finish off her mane!

But so far, I am extremely happy with her.


Two Medallions

I painted another Henriette medallion as a birthday gift next week. Based on the gorgeous fjord I posted about a couple of days ago, I got my airbrush and replicated the horse.

I went for an icy blue background for this medallion.

I also finally finished painting my Tanoka medallion as a portrait of the horse himself. He has been nearly finished for months but did the finishing touches this morning. I am pleased he is done and I can now have him on display!

Although not an exact replica, the memories that the medallion bring back are enough for me.

Remember that these two medallion editions are open, both are £13 including postage costs each or two for £25.


Sunday, 15 February 2015

The results of a productive weekend...

As you are all probably aware, I was wanting to give printing of my photographs a go. Purchasing some fine art paper and photo mounts with sellophane sleeves, I managed to get my printer working and got some 10' by 8' prints! They do look rather professional and all they need now is to be framed and placed up on a wall in someone's house...

The bumble bee I am going to give to my friend as a gift... I had ten sheets of the fine art paper and it was so much fun generating these, so I used up all of the paper yesterday. Some prints turned out MUCH better than others. It was a great trial and error for me.

These prints are for sale; if you would like any of them please contact me, as I haven't placed any on the website yet. The nicest ones were the yellow butterfly, the grey andalusian and the chestnut showjumper there.

As well as this photography printing (which only took half of a day!) I also have squeezed in some work on Azucena, my classic scaled Andalusian mare sculpture, over Saturday evening and this morning. Last night, I spent about two hours ALONE just on adjusting her facial detail! There is still a long way to go with it as well. This morning, I spent two hours or so adjusting the muscles and comparing them thoroughly to references to ensure they were as accurate as possible although there are still places such as the off hind I want to check out further.

I haven't shared it on my website yet, either, but last week I finally made an armature for her. I bought the metal ready to be screwed onto a base and the base is an old wooden chopping board my mum gave to me as she didn't use it anymore and believed it would come in handy for my artwork... She was right!

This photo was taken last week, which is why Azucena looks... Not as good...!

In the future I would LOVE to get a rotating base of some form, so I could just swing the sculpture around. That would be great!

I also have some other news; if you have been looking closely you will see that I took Hamlet and Horatio off my sales page yesterday afternoon. I can officially and happily announce that these two editions are now sold out and it really pleases me that they sold out at exactly the same time! MANY thanks to those that have purchased from me and if you have any painted pieced by me (or painted sculptures I have created) do send photos my way as I love to see them.

Thanks for the support of my work! I am going to investigate some more moulding materials for Azucena, even though she is still quite away from the waste mould process.


Friday, 13 February 2015

Inspiration for Friday: this GORGEOUS Fjord!

Just stumbled across this beautiful horse while searching for colour references for my next Henriette to be painted. He is pretty much in the same pose!

This image has really made me want to paint one this colour. Fjords this colour aren't often 'seen' a people tend to think of the normal yellow dun colour, especially in the model horse hobby. I would love to promote the mouse duns of the horse world! Just currently thinking of a background colour of Henriette's medallion that will make this dun 'pop'...

I am returning home today for a long weekend (and to cat-sit!) where I am thinking about possibly producing a few more castings of other medallions (such as Tanoka) in different coloured resins. But it depends on the other stuff I need to get done first (such as uni work!).

I also ordered some stuff to hopefully get printing some of my photography photos. Not saying too much, but hopefully I can pull this off and it will be exciting.

Roll on this weekend, basically!


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Horatio painted by Anne Healion

My friend acquired a Horatio resin I sculpted and sent him to the wonderfully talented UK artist Anne Healion for some clothes. Hasn't she done a fantastic job!

The cat tracks really make him 'pop'. This is the second Horatio I have seen painted, apart from the first one I ever did. It is so nice to see them colourful and not just white blanks. 

He will be going to Just Cruisin' Live in March, I wish him and his owner luck!


Monday, 9 February 2015

First painted Henriette

After my new airbrush arriving finally, it is like heaven to be able to paint properly with it! I have had my old airbrush for 2 to 3 years now so I think it did well to survive for so long. With the new one, it meant that I could get on and paint my first casting of the Henriette medallion.

Unfortunately the photo isn't the best but I am SUPER happy with how this medallion paints up!

I want to paint one for my friend's birthday that is coming up in a couple of weeks, but also tempted to give her this one... We will see... I would love to try and do a lighter shade...


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Peridot - New Micro in Progress

Back at the end of 2013, I started two micro mini sculptures; Topaz, a rearing Arabian, and Garnet, a Hackney.

I was going to get them cast, but wanted to have sculpted at least three minis before making it worth while and sending them off. I have FINALLY started that third sculpture. Peridot, a knabstrupper, is the next I am working on...

He didn't look to glamorous when I first started out!

They never do, though.. This is because I have to build the micros up slowly at a time as I use apoxie sculpt and I can add details and wait for them to set and harden, before working on them some more. As I was just getting the shape here, I build it up slowly as to not to squish him!

He is still in the very rough stages, there is so much more I want to do with him. His face needs lengthening, his legs most definitely need sorting (I have deliberately sculpted them as sausages at this stage, and I will get my needle files on them soon enough!) and he needs more f a barrel and hasa slightly broken back right now!

I can't wait to just keep plugging away at him. I need to also finish Garnet, the Hackney. Topaz is impatient as she has been done for over a year now!


Sunday, 1 February 2015

Labrador Puppy

Bringing about a change from my recent blogging about my sculpting... Something a little different!

I was scouring the internet when I came across an inspiring little black labrador puppy and I just had to recreate him in my sketchbook. I used my pastel pencils and he was completed on Daler Rowney pastel paper, some tan coloured. Slightly smaller than A4!

I also found a photo of the most ADORABLE kitten as well... That is next on my 'to draw' list!