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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