2 - Hue Askew Horses

Earth: Custom Order

Custom Micro Order

Earth: Custom Micro Order

Earth is a custom order done in the same blue-bay tobiano as Partly Cloudy. She has show-blacked hooves, a thin blaze, solid black eyes and a glossy finish.

She’s only the second time I’ve painted a Breyer Mini Whinnies High Stepping Saddlebred Mare, it’s a mold I really like, but just haven’t has a chance put under a paintbrush. It also means Earth’s only an inch tall and the photos below are several times life-sized!

The problem I run into whenever I paint these little guys is that the camera captures defects I can’t always fix– someday I’ll manage to pull off customs just the way they look in my head, but alas for now I’m still learning! :)

Medium: Gesso, Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Mars Black, Light Blue Violet, Ultramarine Blue), FolkArt (720 Cobalt Blue) Continue reading

5 - View From the Molehill

May is my ‘Nothing’ Month

The Year of Faff 2014

I’ve officially decided to do nothing for May (and possibly beyond).

Actually, I’ve been getting up the courage to do nothing ever since I saw Godmother’s post in January about the Year of Faff.

True, she meant it as it applies to World of Warcraft, but I’ve decided it’s high-time that I start focusing on chasing the Fun first and the Things That Must Be Done™ second. (or third)

I should have all of the custom order model horses done today, so once those are off the table I won’t owe anyone anything. I’ll be able to paint or write or declutter or code or walk and game or garden or whatever I feel like… and all I have to do is resist making lists or setting goals or putting any sort of limits on things.

I have a feeling this might be a little harder than expected, but I think it’s time for a little FAFFing!

2 - Hue Askew Horses

Painting Gray (Grey?) Hooves

Gray Hoof Color - Paint and Prismacolor Pencils

Gray Hoof Color – Paint and Prismacolor Pencils

It occurred to me that I really should start documenting my research and how I’m doing things so I’m not the only one learning from my failures! (Also it saves me a heck of a lot of time if I can pull out a ‘recipe’ for hooves instead of starting from scratch.)

Thus this post, which is not only a tutorial on the method I used, but also a collection of links and references on other folk’s methods.

Keep in mind I am not a LSQ (Live Show Quality) model horse painter –at least as far as I know– so while the results look fine to me, they may not hold up in a show ring.

Before we start, we need some good reference photos… Continue reading

2 - Hue Askew Horses

M.O.M. Live Show Donation

Bay Show Donation - Thumbnail

Bay Show Donation – Thumbnail

This little gal is Breyer Stablemate G3 Belgian and a show donation to M.O.M. Live held on May 17th, in Black River Falls, WI. She’s also the first finished customer of 2014! (We’ll ignore the fact that she’s also the only horse I finished 1st Quarter. *sighs*)

She’s unnamed, at least until I hear otherwise, but her workbench name has been Dammitall Dapples– because I’ve never tried painting a true dapple bay before and she was quite an adventure. Dammitall was a fun combination of the first finished custom on this mold and the first time I’ve tried painting this color. Dappled bay turns out to be not quite as impossible as dappled gray, but it’s a pretty thin line.

I started out planning to do her mostly in acrylics, but the dappling issues caused me to break out the Prismacolor pencils as well as the pastels. Thankfully the combination of the three mediums worked out well, but she’s actually a lot less red than she looks in the photos (hence the overabundance of them). Continue reading

3 - Perish Twice

On Liebster Award and Blogging and Wow

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

I was tagged the other day by in a meme that apparently has been running about the internet since 2010! (No idea how long it’s running in the WoW community, but now I’m sort of itching to find out…)

Much like the Sixth Meme it’s a tagging bonzana, but there are some extra rules this time.

1) Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award badge
2) Answer the eleven questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
3) Provide eleven miscellaneous facts about yourself
4) Nominate eleven blogs of relatively small readership that you think deserve to be better-known
5) Notify the bloggers that you’ve nominated them
6) Compile eleven questions for your nominees to answer

Step 1 is already done (Thanks Kamalia! :D) and her eleven questions are below (Step 2). Continue reading

1 - Unquiet Bones

The Wolves We Are Cover Art (Rough)

The Wolves We Are eBook Cover 300x400

TWWA, Take 2!

In preparation for April Camp NaNoWriMo’s eBook bonanza I’ve been trying to get cover art done for all the stories in the queue. The Saturday Story Prompt covers are easy (if time consuming), but the other stories are a bit harder…

The basic goal for an eBook cover (for me) is to get something simple that scales well and can be read easily all the way down to 75×100. Last check, both Amazon and Smashwords displays the thumbnails at 100×150, so I might need to revise that strategy upwards. *pokes image*

I think it turned out okay, although at the full resolution (1800×2400) it looks a little rough because it’s not true vector art. I really need to save up and buy Photoshop someday. Or learn how to properly use Gimp. Or just pay someone to design proper covers. Continue reading

1 - Unquiet Bones

Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts

1. You can feel the world unraveling around you.

2. They nickname the transport crawler Red Rover for obvious reasons and Good Boy for less obvious ones– at least until the visitors meet the rudimentary AI that someone snuck into its mainframe.

3. The proper diet works miracles and within hours the pair come out of their comas. Continue reading