Tuesday, 17 October 2017

New!! Xavier the Fjord Gelding!

Let me introduce you to my latest finished sculpture, Xavier!

Xavier is only a few inches tall, he is slightly bigger than stablemate scale but I don't think he is quite Little Bit scale. He could easily pass for other cob-like breeds, though. Can you imagine what he would look like with a free-flowing mane?!

The face needed slightly more sanding when these photos were taken as you can probably tell. But I don't know if you can also tell how much I have improved with my sculpting from my last two models, Bailadito and Hamlet/Horatio. I also have a photo here of Xavier with a Hamlet and a Breyer Stablemate model so you can get an idea of how big he is. 

He also looks good from every angle! You can get a real feel for the power he has in his body. 

 It took me a while to get the near hind correct, all four legs have been mutilated and reattached from the armature itself, as well as his head!

This is because I sculpted him from apoxie sculpt, so the details all hardened as I sculpted him. I found this much easier than using the clay I normally use, as I was incredibly prone to squashing all the details...


If you would like a copy of Xavier, you can send a minimum deposit of £15 to the PayPal email clarestokes65@gmail.com. His full price is £36 where this includes UK postage (rest of world postage is £5). I will be sending him off for casting within this month, so he will definitely be in your hands in time for Christmas (Christmas present idea?!)

Aaand one last photo of the chunky pony for your enjoyment!

If you have any questions about him, please feel free to contact me!


Monday, 2 October 2017

This is why I have been so quiet...

Everybody, say hello to Felix!

Felix is an ISH gelding, 8 years old and full of fun. He is a very playful boy and absolutely loves attention. I bought him on 8th August and he was with me in a livery yard on the 10th! Since then his teeth, saddle and back have been checked (the first time I tried to ride him in his new home I was bucked off straight away!) and we found his back was rather week, so I need to work more on his topline.

I bought a pessoa and have been lunging him in this to improve his topline. I have only been doing it for a few weeks though, so am unable to see any major improvement. I would still be riding them, only... I managed to fracture my left ring finger while lunging him just under three weeks ago... Oops! It wasn't his fault it was a bit of a freak accident, he ran off suddenly and for some reason the lunge line was looped or wrapped around funny and... yeah...

Hopefully the fracture won't last long... Although it is a nasty accident... It is a crushed fracture in about three places. I feel so incredibly stupid! But let's hope it heals nicely.

He is a lovely chap and I look forward to spending many more happy times with him!

But I need to address the whole me not being in the studio thing... I am, and I have been painting a little bit, but things in the studio have practically grinded to a halt. I have two commissions here to finish and they are so nearly done, but time off work is another struggle I face. I am going on holiday this coming Sunday for a few days but soon I will be able to finish them, then will take a small break from having any more for a while. I will still take commissions, but I will take on much less at a time I reckon!

Take care,