Tuesday, 1 May 2018

'Aishiteru' is ready to order!

I am sorry for the delay in getting this one ready to order. I will be pouring the mould of the donkey mother and foal very soon, but I thought I should get sales of the original sculpture underway in the meantime if anyone is interested!



Aishiteru is the name for this lovely pair as named by the competition winner. The sculpture is priced at £15 per copy or two for only £20! The price includes postage to the UK only. If you are interested, please drop me a message using the contact form at the side of this page.

I can't wait to paint one, and to show you the finished donkey piece!


Friday, 27 April 2018

Two Stablemates Finished

I finished painting two of the stablemates I had been working on. First up is the Andalusian I resculpted.

I do like him with the straighter profile, he looks more regal in my opinion.

The second one is the trotting warmblood. I decided to go for a plain colour, he is striking enough as is and you can literally see him in a dressage set-up as he trots down a long diagonal!

Sorry, he is a bit wonky on his base in this photo!

I hope you like!


Monday, 23 April 2018

Whites, whites, whites...

Sometimes I wonder why I paint tobiano horses, the whites always take such a long time!

I thought I should show you this group shot I took a few weeks back. I know some have been painted now but you can see what I have in the pipeline.

Bye for now!


Friday, 20 April 2018

Stablemate WIPs

Upon referring back to this post, I have some updates on how I have been getting on with all of these little ponies!

As inspired by my newest micro mini addition from Maggie Bennett, I thought I could make this one with the arched back a rolling horse. So far so good, I haven't moved those back hooves yet but I do plan to.

This next one is a simpler one, yet I think the change is so effective! All I did was move the two standing hooves so he is floating. I was wondering how to attach him to a base more effectively, but I decided that using a piece of clear rod onto a detachable base was best as it saves me from drilling into his hooves further. Now all he needs is paint!

Just like these two, who also have the same bases. I am rather excited for these dynamic poses!

These next three to show you are ready for paint! I think in this photo there was some more prepping to do but that has all been taken care of now. Now it is time to switch my airbrush back on... All of the horses above need colour ideas, but I think I have colours for the bottom three planned already.

The last one to show you is this Warmblood mare. This is the first time I have ever sculpted a plaited mane and tail. Trust me to do it in a fiddly scale! I am very happy with how it is going. I have stopped for the time being though, as I do need to dremel some ear holes so I can wire reinforce them. But she is going to be one pretty lady!

I know scale-wise the plaited tail is probably too thick but it still looks good in my eyes, so I am not too bothered!

I hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

My first custom of 2018!

The day has finally arrived where I have actually PAINTED something!

This is the 2017 CollectA Tennessee Walking Horse mare that I airbrushed to a boring old chestnut, but the plain colour really suits her. I gave her a nice big blaze though.

Before painting her I had to really give my airbrush a deep clean where the paint feeds in rather than the needle end. It wasn't working at all so I had a closer look and there was a huge blockage! As soon as I got that cleared up then I was away.

I am loving how these photos turned out as well!

I do have some more in the works, but I will have to show you these at a later date. I hope you enjoy this one for now!


Saturday, 14 April 2018

Pony Project Heaven... Or Hell?

I really, REALLY hope I do this purchase justice!

Back in March I bought a complete set of the new Breyer Mystery Horses set. The main reason being there were two brand new models within the box and I really wanted to have a go customising them! I thought I would end up doing something with the other models... I just had no idea what. Eep! Let's just hope I pull this off.

In the full box, is a number of the following different horses. You are guaranteed a certain number of all of them.

I unpacked them all and gave them all a look over, looking for inspiration on what to do with them. I thought I could pull off simple resculpting of manes and tails, but then I thought... Why not make it more complicated? I have pulled it off before and I also don't think my heat gun could have become any more dusty!

So I got the dremmel and heat gun, made some subtle changes here and there, and this is the result of the first batch...

Eventually there will be a little acrylic rod holding him up, as he is launching himself into a full blown kick. This next one, I had a few different ideas...

Here are a couple more, this isn't going to be all though! I do have other ideas.


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Micro Mini Mania!

I had always admired Maggie Bennett's micro mini models. I have many painted by myself in my collection, I have also sold some around the world and I even had a go at sculpting some at that scale! I fell in love when she started the subscription service to them but when she announced that anniversary models would be a micro mini scaled Trenzetter, I signed up without hesitation. Now, having received January through to March, I become even more excited for the following model!

Middle is January, right is February and left is March. 

I do find it rather frustrating though... Every single parcel has arrived with a customs fee! That is a 100% failure rate right now!! But I would always pay the ransom. I am beginning to wonder if they will all receive the charge...

It is hard to pick a favourite, but I adore how Maggie has captured the weight distribution changes on this model's overall structure, as well as the dynamic mane and tail.

I thought, while I had all the kit out photographing these ones, why don't I grab some of the ones I have actually painted, and take some photos of them? I also made some dioramas for them recently with paper mache, and even little bridges made from matchsticks!

This following photo is not the best at all, but I just love how he is frolicking through a little valley there!

This one isn't using one of my dioramas, but I did resculpt her nearly ten years ago! Can you believe it?! She is a portrait of one of the huge cob type mares I learnt to ride on, called Trudy.

All of the micro minis here that I have painted have actually been cast in Pewter metal, so they are quite heavy and not what you would expect! This little one, like all of Maggie's subscription micros, is cast in resin. I could not resist one of these when I saw him, one of my first in this scale for years.

And last, but never least, is Waffle. This pony is a multi-prize winning champion, taking home rosettes from quite a few shows! All of which, obviously, absolutely overshadow him!

I can't wait to paint my current three! Does anyone have any colour suggestions? Feel free to comment some below!


Friday, 6 April 2018

New Sculpture in Progress

What with all the snow the UK had throughout March, its no wonder I couldn't paint anything for nearly a whole quarter of the year! Although frustrating, it did mean I could focus on sculpting. I was inspired by seeing a beautiful horse cantering with a deliberate gait through long grass...

I have always admired the friesian horse as a breed, especially recently as well. I will be adding feather to this boy's feets and he could either pass as one of these breeds, or potentially an extra-flashy cob?

He will have to be mounted onto a base, I will make sure it is detachable and the base itself not too distracting. I love how chunky this model is looking already!

I was stuck for a name for this horse as well, but I am edging toward calling him Prince.


Saturday, 31 March 2018

Newest medallion... 'Aishiteru'

Meet the lovely mare and foal pair, sculpted by me that I finished just before Mothers' Day here in the UK! Being completely stumped for a name to call them, I held a mini competition across my social media platforms where the contestant with the best name suggestion would win. The one that caught my eye the most was the word 'Aishiteru' which is a Japanese word meaning a great sense of endearment towards something. I think it captures the pair perfectly!

I cast the pair in white resin, but I recently obtained two coloured pigments and I wanted to use them, creating a silvery one and two pink ones!

I also tried one of the pigments in some polyester resin, which dries clear. I need to get a photo of the finished thing, it is rather lovely. I think this pair will also look great painted! I can't wait to get started.

This particular pose inspired me while I was browsing on my Pinterest. I also saw a gorgeous longeared couple and I very nearly initially sculpted the original as a donkey mum and baby. However, since the original sculpt escaped the moulding process with no damage, I couldn't resist...!

Hopefully I will get this pair finished up soon and I can offer the medallions up for general sale.


Friday, 23 February 2018

A Revisit...

I don't know if you remember when I originally completed Storm, my Icelandic horse sculpture in small traditional scale... (if you need a refresh, please click here!) I initially offered him up for pre-orders just under two years ago. I didn't sell any copies, and I know why... I was definitely proud of what I had achieved, but the photos of what he looked like compared to what he looks like now is insanely different!

You can tell from this close-up of his face alone just shows the detail and proportions he has now, compared to before!

I think it is pretty clear that the musculature and general skeleton structure is improved as well, and much more in proportion with everything. (oh, but please ignore the raised left front leg... it has since been shortened since these photos were taken!)

More work is still needed but I had to share the progess so far and how much I have come along.