|Claying up my new sculpture|
|Further claying up and putting in minor details in to help me 'see'!|
|Starting the facial details|
I continued working on the face, but while I kept adding muscles here there and everywhere on him, I notice little things, for example the neck and head angle started to really get to me...
Well, I sorted that, and even completed the legs. The legs are still at this point bothering me, only because the lengths of the canon bones I think need sorting. The hooves are only roughed out as well, but you can tell the shape they will be right now, despite them needing much more work.
The neck had been further readjusted after that photo was taken, as although it had improved in structure, I still felt it was a little long. Right now, I decided to work on the mane and ears. It is usually frowned upon my artists in the model horse world to work on the mane and tail prior to completing the entire sculpture first, but I don't work that way. I have to be able to see the bigger picture while I work... There is an artistic anecdote about focussing on the individual strands of weaving the straw rather than the completed basket, but I definitely have to think about the completed basket. But people are different, and that is what makes the world go round.
For the mane, because I plan on it sticking up and flying back, and as it is incredibly thick and bushy, I added the foil there running down the neck and it is held in place with tough galvanised wire. The ears protruding above the forelock are also wire reinforced, despite not being able to see the majority of them! Strength is the main aim.
This is what he looks like so far, while I continue to sculpt along the foil and following his crest.
So, why did I choose the Icelandic Horse?
I made a blog post about a future idea of a sculpture here, but basically in 2015 I visited Scandinavia twice and I have fallen in love with the beautiful nature and culture of the countries. Back in March 2015, I had the opportunity to ride an Icelandic horse, also known as Störmy. I wanted to recreate something that is special to me and to trigger some amazing memories of a fantastic part of the world.
I will keep you updated on his progress as I continue to sculpt. Unfortunately, I have other work to be getting on with... But plenty of time in the day!
Have a fantastic weekend everyone!