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!

Clare

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!

Clare

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!

Clare

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.






Clare

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!

Clare

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.


Clare

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.

Clare











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.

Clare

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Sometimes I use more than just paint...!

You may remember this beautiful boy from a few posts back that I did in August 2017...


It was the owner that commissioned me to paint this model's idea to include the Diamante crystals on his costume. I absolutely adored the idea and I was so excited to put them on when I had finished with my acrylics on him. I didn't want to use them sparingly, but I also didn't want to go overboard and use them in too many places! I think I got the balance perfectly.

However, one catch about this model... You may realise that this model should have come with a set of plumes to place on his head and withers. I am a massive numpty and somehow lost them here in my studio. I thought of all sorts to get them back to her, to emailing Donna Chaney at Animal Artistry, offering to sculpt more and also placing ads on the Model Horse Sales Pages to see if anyone had any spare. But the owner had a better idea.

Why not use REAL feathers, to make them look like real plumes?


I don't know about you, but I reckon this was the greatest idea!

Clare

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Xavier in Resin

First of all... A very Happy New Year to everyone!

It has been exceptionally quiet on here for which I can only apologise for. A lot has happened over the past few months, including the purchase of a house, looking for a new yard for my horse Felix as the yard is closing... (and I got engaged...!) and because of the winter months, I have not been able to paint in my studio at all, as it is currently outside. However, when we move this Spring, we will have a dedicated hobby room for all sorts of stuff, including my painting and sculpting area!

Which brings me to show you the castings of Xavier, which came to me a couple of weeks back. I took some photos and here they are. He looks absolutely incredible in resin. He came out way better than I originally thought.


I was thinking I could paint one of my copies up for promotional purposes, but I have a feeling all 15 horses in this batch are all claimed for! I will have to order another 15 at some point as he has proven rather popular. I know there are other, more insanely talented artists out there than me that sell out over 100 copies of their models in one evening, but for me this is still a hug achievement and I really want to thank everyone that has pre-ordered one. 



It isn't too late to pre-order one (although it may take a few weeks before you see your copy as I don't have any left from this batch) simply send £15 through to clarestokes65@gmail.com via paypal (if you could add a note or mark it as a payment for Xavier it would make it easier for me!) and you can have one of these little lovely lads.






If you take a look at my other sculptures on the sculptures page of this website, you can really see where I have improved as well. From musculature and bone, to the flesh and wrinkles, my sculptures have become more alive with each one. I do have a long way to go though, as well as plenty of learning (I discover new muscles on horses every time, as well as techniques with my tools).


 Wrinkles! I actully love this shot. It gives you perspective and how accurate he is not just from the sides, but from every other angle!


And a group shot of the first few I had cleaned. It always has to be done!


And here is a size comparison against a Breyer Stablemate, just to give you all an idea of size. 



Thank you for letting me share. I hope you like him as much as I do. I am so happy with how far I have come with my artwork in this hobby, and I can't wait to continue to learn more and share my journey with you!

Clare
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