Tuesday, December 27, 2011

In Progress

Happy Holidays everyone and early best wishes for the new year! Here's a quick update on the horses in progress. All are clickable for bigger pics.

Dese's head is nearly done; there are a few touchups and "oomphs" to do there, but it's getting close. The rest is just a dapple basecoat laying out basically where stuff goes and needs a lot of work yet.

Fenwick is pretty much done with his body color. He needs a couple touchups and then he gets his mane and tail and pretty red bow!

This Working Girl also just has her first dapple coat, but it went on so nice I probably only have one or two coats to go to finish her body. :-D

And last but not least, Mini Nahar is going to be a grey sabino with lots of nice roaned out edges to his markings. Lots of work to do there!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In Progress

Well hi there! It seems like hardly any time at all has passed since the last blog post, but the date stamp proves otherwise... Much of that time was spent finishing up Deseoso, so there hasn't been much to share anyway! A couple new minis worked their way into the schedule and they haven't been seen here yet. So without any further ado, the finished horses (pictures are clickable for full galleries):

Deseoso in semi-leopard appy

"Denny", portrait of the horse from "The Man From Snowy River" on Valor

"Tator Tot", chestnut Imp

Portrait of Amy Widman's horse, "Traveller" on G1 SM Arab Mare:

There are some new things to share as well. These horses are all going to be some flavor of dapple grey. Some will be rosier than others and their shades vary from mostly dark to completely greyed out:

And last but not least, these are all quick mockups of medallions I am working on as time allows. They're very rough at the moment, but they're fleshed out enough to give you an idea of what they will look like. The theme for the round shapes is "horses at play" and the theme for the rectangles is "horses interacting with stable elements."

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Well, I was going to wait until I was done with Dese and do one batch of photos with both him and Denny. But I just couldn't resist getting some outdoors shots with Denny this evening! You can click on the pic for a much larger (and not grossly compressed) version.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

In Progress

Hey, I thought of a view you haven't seen yet! (It's clickable for a large version.)

This is his first coat of oils on the underside of his barrel. He'll need another coat to brighten up the whites and fill the spots, but this is the last thing to do before I can move on to his lower legs. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, woo-hoo!

Monday, August 22, 2011

In Progress

Denny has eyeballs! Dese has had more work done too, but I won't bore you all with more pictures since he still looks pretty much the same to a camera. But as of today Denny (Valor) here is ready for his hair. I wish I could start right away, but I can't risk getting the hair out and having it float into Dese's paint job, so it will have to wait until that is done. D'oh!

Friday, August 19, 2011

In Progress

The hardest paint job ever! (Pic is clickable for a large version.) I am still slowly progressing on Deseoso. The front half of his left side now just needs some tweaks but it's getting there. I just started on the oil coat for his blanket half tonight. Right now there is white roany paint over his spots; the next coat will bring his real spots as well as some additional roaning and softening of things like the rib barring. I wish I had some pictures of other horses to show you, but he has been my life so far this month!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

In Progress

So, over the winter I got all of my color reference binders done as well as a bunch of other things like hair patterns and braids and such. But material just keeps pouring in here, and now I'm left with this all over again. I feel a bit like Sisyphus! Some of the new stuff came from books I got on sale at Borders which is sadly closing up shop. If you've been holding off on picking up that coffee table book now might be a good time to go for it.

And it doesn't look like much has changed with Deseoso, but he has had a lot of work done lately. His pencil roaning is all done, and his busted ear is fixed. I can see now that I forgot to put on the basecoat for his mottling, so that's next and then he can move on to his (hopefully!) final coats of oils. His pic is clickable for a larger version.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Rosenthal Prancing Horse I think? I dunno, I just thought he was super cool.

I finally had a chance to finish up my BOYCC photos! There are a ton to view - you can see them all here. I tried to get pictures of most everything for a couple of reasons: 1) Not knowing anything about what's collectible I didn't want to miss anything that people would find interesting and 2) I wanted to give an accurate sample of what was on the tables. Have fun! :-D

Friday, August 5, 2011

Things Were Going So Well!

And then...


Monday, August 1, 2011

So Many Hairs!

Since the last post with Deseoso I've been doing loads of pencil work for more texture and precision. One side is just about done with this stage of work so I thought I'd show the progression. You can click on each picture to bring up the full size sharper version.

This first image is a detail shot of his neck with just oils on the surface. It looks pretty soft, but the roaned areas are well defined.
This shot shows the same area after the bulk of pencil roaning was done. The area has some added specks and has been broken up and roaned out a little more.
The process to achieve this is as follows:
  • Prismacolor French Grey 20%
    • All over the light areas, lightly over the darker roan areas
  • Prismacolor French Grey 30%
    • Lightly over some light areas, mostly on darker roan areas
  • Derwent Aquatone Venetian Red
    • All roaning, lightly in light areas
  • Prismacolor Sienna Brown
    • Pick out spots and some darker roan areas
  • Blend spots in with colorless blender
  • Derwent Watercolor Venetian Red
    • Roaning in darker areas, around spots, knees, specks on barrel, rib barring, blanket spots
  • Sealed with DullCote

And lastly the lighter specks have been popped out some. This part is starting to look pretty grainy due to his slight texture and it sticks out rather badly in some spots. It will all meld back together once the oils go back on.
This step went as follows:
  • Prismacolor French Grey 10%
    • Light all over roaning, heavier in light areas, picking out white around some spots
  • Derwent Drawing Chinese White
    • Pick out whitest spots, some roaning

"Call Me Trouble"

He's finally up for auction! "Call Me Trouble" will be on My Auction Barn until Friday afternoon. I'm happy to take time payments - just email me to work out a schedule. :-)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Horse and In Progress

Well, now that I'm all set up again I've really been blasting through projects in the studio! :-D First up is "Call Me Trouble", the newly finished Call Me Ringo custom. He'll be headed for My Auction Barn this coming Monday (August 1). Click here to see the full gallery.

Next up is this Deseoso II resin. He has appeared in the blog before at various stages, very slowly progressing. It is my mission to finish both him and the haired Valor this August. They have both been lingering half finished for entirely too long! Today I started in on Dese's oil layers. I spent about 7 1/2 solid hours doing this side today:

Much like Curly's paint job I started with one method, found it to not be working to my liking, and switched tactics. Again, matching color was the real culprit and I knew I could get the shade I wanted in oils. The other thing about oils is I can now get an even more refined hair texture than I can using other media. It is quite difficult to achieve the look without getting uniform "mud" and getting the right direction of hair growth is exceedingly tricky, but it's worth the work if the desired end result is a softer roan.

Up next for him (after his other side is oil painted) is some more pencil work to pick out some of the specks and sharper roany areas. More pics to come then!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Set Backs and Set Ups

So hey, I had planned to start blogging a lot more, didn't I? Well, the theme for this year seems to be catastrophic failures of plans. My mom had to go in for another biopsy and, as it is brain surgery coupled with chemo, needed me to be around the house during her recovery process for a rather significant amount of time. During all this my dad also had to go back to the hospital for an additional foot surgery. Incidentally, fate decided that it would be HILARIOUS to have them both in surgery on the same day in different hospitals. (And I'm writing this blog post from a waiting room during yet another surgery...) So anyway, I tried to make the best of the situation and set up a temporary studio in my mom's kitchen:

As you can see the lighting was pretty dismal (and that's after I packed in two of my studio lights), but it was good enough to get the bulk of the work done. At least one plan is coming to a successful end though. Sir Sproing! is done now and is rushing to Erin so she can show him at BF this year. She has some really fun things planned so if you're going to be there take a look at his performance entries! He'll come back after she's done for some last little details and touchups so pictures will come after all that.

One of the nice things about being away for so long was getting to take pictures of my mom's garden several times a week. I have quite the collection of photos from that now and I am looking forward to editing them. I'll probably just put them on my Facebook but I may put up a small selection of them here too. I also got to hang out with "my" dog a lot (she thinks she's "mine" anyway!). Now that I'm home I miss my wake-up nosing! Is there any better alarm clock? I don't think so.

I also saw two deer wandering through the neighborhood! We don't exactly live in the country there so deer aren't a common sight, but it's rural enough that they feel fairly at home. They went to our neighbor's yard (thankfully bypassing my mom's rose bushes) which is more more of an, er, natural habitat.

And last but not least, I was able to take off one day and I went to the beach with my sisters. We had a blast searching for sea glass and rummaging around in tide pools. I also have tons of pictures to share from that little trip, but for now I will leave you with this sea star.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

And We're Back!

Woo-hoo! BOYCC (am amazing experience) is behind me and things are chugging along in the studio now. What a relief to get back to normal. :-D And another huge relief - Sir Sproing!'s sculpting is done!

He'll be moving on to prepping now and I'm going to have to work very diligently to get him done in time for BreyerFest. But the light is showing through at the end of the tunnel and the deadline is doable. Whew! My other three top priority projects are:

Valor aka Denny needs his hair.

Deseoso is moving on to oils to finish his coat off.

And the Call Me Ringo CM needs his markings and details finished off. He'll be headed to My Auction Barn when he's done!

And here are a couple new things I tore apart in between projects. I don't know when I'll be able to start these back up but I just wanted to share what they look like for now:

And last but certainly not least... As you may have already read in Jennifer Buxton's blog, a sneaky plot was afoot to get measurements for Sproing!'s head. Obviously with all of his hair, measurements would have been a little different. I'm sure Jennifer would have been able to work without him, but when the opportunity to send a head in the mail comes up, one does not pass it by. I only wish Erin and I could have been there to see the look on Jennifer's face when she got this:

I used some really old rubber so the casting turned out terrible. But it was kind of humorous (in a sick, sick way) that it looked like he got a shotgun blast to the face. For a brief moment I debated on whether to paint all the "holes" too, but decided to stick with the more lighthearted cliche of bloody neck stump:

So there you have it. Don't mess with the model horse mafia!

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Little Late But Better Than Never!

Firstly, I finished and listed this beautiful Weather Girl, Al-Shama, to My Auction Barn last Tuesday. Her auction ends tomorrow (Tuesday, May 10), so you've still got a little time to go check her out!

Second, I will be going to BOYCC in a couple weeks so I don't expect to be doing any blogging before then, but my hope is to resume afterwards with regular updates once again. I certainly have content, it's just the time that is lacking! So until then, feast your eyes on some of the things that are in progress at the moment:

Valor is a custom order and just needs his feet, eyes and chestnuts painted, and a haired mane and tail. He, along with the Ringo below are the first on the block to be finished as soon as I get back.

And this is Sir Sproing! a Wintersong custom. Yes, his name includes the exclamation point. ;-) He's just about ready for his hair, finally! He'll be done in a silver dapple tobiano sabino, the quintessential Gypsy Vanner color.

And lastly, these are the most recently finished horses. You can click on their names to go to the full size galleries.

Brioso has a custom tail and mane with tassels. I also made him a swishy mosquero!

This Rebecca Turner medallion is also sooty buckskin, and has some fun duochrome paint for the background, a mixture of blue and silver. I can't wait to paint more medallions so I can use the other paints I got!

Stormy in grulla with massive amounts of dun barring.

Salinero in heavily dappled sooty palomino.

This Indy I don't think was ever in the blog. He is now a she, and was painted as a portrait for her owner.

Here's one more that didn't make it to the blog while he was in progress, a chestnut Dozen Roses.

And a pinto to round out the group on Strawberry Jam.