Clydesdale Horse Head Sculpture [Gallery]

Making it Plaster Friendly
Drafter Power!

As much as I love painting the resins that other folks are selling on Etsy, what I really wanted was a horsehead of my very own… so I could paint a few dozen horses and not go broke! ūüėČ

Since there’s nothing I love more than a drafter face, the pick of breeds was an easy one. Although ponies are my second love, I figured it was easier to go big for my first stab at realism.

This was my first sculpt actually based on a photograph (the simple horse head was just me winging it using a model as a reference). It still needs work, but as I work on refining a resin cast ¬†which will become the new master I’m having a blast painting plaster copies.

Onwards to the gallery! (Last Updated: 02/01/2016)

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Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts
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1. In the lean years there are fewer dragon riders born than dragons and each hatching the nests are soaked in the blood of the unbound.

2. The line for coffee is almost long enough to make him try and survive without, but at the last minute he sees her join the queue and that decides it.

3. With every gust of wind another small tsunami of leaves is ripped from the trees.

4.¬†“You put too much faith in me.”

5. The lake is a quiet mirror of the sky this time of year. The few hikers who brave the cold nights are rewarded with a doubled eternity of stars.

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The prompts are meant to serve as sparks or story starters and are free to a good home. You’re welcome to use them verbatim or modified, the only restriction is that you don’t just resell them as prompts. (That’s my shtick!)

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Rumtumtugger

Rumtumtugger - Angle
Rumtumtugger

Every bookshelf herd needs a little pony attitude to keep things real and Rumtumtugger is just the lead mare for the job!

This little gal is named after a cat from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, who much like ponies, is quite sure of what he wants and notoriously hard to please. Give this mare an inch and before you can finish singing Memory she’ll be ruling over your whole house with an iron hoof.

This little gal is a Safari Ltd TOOB horse, which normally means an (HSO) Horse-Shaped-Object, but they’ve actually done a pretty good job with the Ponies.

Escape Velocity and Rumtumtugger

She’s roughly 2.5 inches long and a 1.5 inches high, so bigger than a Micromini or Mini Whinnie (1:64 scale) and smaller than a Stablemate (1:32)– so maybe 1:50ish? She’s roughly 2/3rds¬†the size of a Stablemate Shetland Pony, so I suppose you could claim she¬†is¬†Miniature Pony…

While I did make a go at removing her seams and logo, the seams did me in. She is in no way a LSQ (Live Show Quality) or even PSQ (Photo Show Quality) horse because of that. She’s just a fun little dapple grey pony with high whites, a snip on her nose, and glossed eyes and nostrils.

I hope someone else falls in love with her as much as I have! :)

Medium: Gesso, FolkArt Acrylics (425 Medium Gray, 708 Dove Gray, 2906 Coffee Latte, 2907 Bark Brown), Apple Barrel Acrylics (20504 Black)

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Escape Velocity

Escape Velocity - Angle
Escape Velocity – Dramatic Angle is Dramatic!

Have a desk or a bookshelf that is in desperate need of some physics-inspired bay awesomeness? Then look no further, this little gal is here to save the day!

It’s been a long time since I painted a realistic Stablemate that wasn’t a custom order, so I decided to pull a New Year’s Resolution and get some of the folks in the body box into some less Fantastic¬†clothes.

This little gal¬†is named after¬†Terminal Velocity, a favorite micro-warmblood from my home herd and I really debated putting her up to Etsy. But I’m learning to embrace the fact that anything I can paint once, I can probably paint even better a second time… so off to the races she goes!

Escape Velocity is a solid dark seal bay with only a small star on her forehead. I was going to add a little more of chrome, maybe a cornet band or two, but she was just too handsome to meddle with once the basecoat was done. She has glossed eyes and nostrils, her breyer logo was removed and her seams sanded. There were some seams on her mane and tail that would have required resculpting to fix, so those are still there (and visible in the photos).

She is probably Photo Show Quality (PSQ), but she is not Live Show Quality (LSQ). Velocity was painted with the aim of being a kickass shelf-piece,  and she’s sure to rock whatever bookcase she ends up on! :)

One of my self-dares for the new realistic horses was to use only craft paints and zero pastels. I am trying to come up with a series of ‘How To Paint X’ and I’m aiming for the folks¬†without a crazy crafting horde. I cheated a little when I pulled out the Prismacolor pencils for the hooves, but I figure that’s not too crazy a splurge.

Medium: Gesso, FolkArt Acrylics (944 Nutmeg, 476 Asphaltum, 504 VanDyke Brown, 425 Medium Gray, 2932 Steel Gray), Apple Barrel Acrylics (20258 Melted Chocolate),  and Prismacolor Pencils (1072 French Grey 50%, 1074 French Grey 70%)

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Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts
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1. She can’t stand the silence where waves used to be and she moves from town to town trying to escape the ocean.

2.¬†“It’s not that hard a choice,” the demon said. “I ask you if you want to live and you say yes.”

3. Good help is easier to make than find.

4.  When dragons hibernate they turn to stone; a slow process that fuses their scales into an impenetrable shield against the worst that winter could muster. But the humans that stumbled into their world are deadlier than any storm, and that first long winter became their killing field.

5. You could tell the tenor of the semester by the length and color of her hair.

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The prompts are meant to serve as sparks or story starters and are free to a good home. You’re welcome to use them verbatim or modified, the only restriction is that you don’t just resell them as prompts. (That’s my shtick!)

Looking for prompts with a specific focus? Hire me to create a custom eBook of 62 prompts on (almost) any theme, 31 of which you get to lock into a vault so no one else can see them for at least a year!

Costing out the Plaster Magnets

Averaging Plaster Weights
Averaging Plaster Weights

Now that I have figured out the perfect mix to use when I’m making plaster magnets, it’s time to start figuring out their actual costs so I can get all the prices in the Etsy store updated! :)

Per my plaster mix experiment post 20ml plaster = $0.28

Since most of my magnets are tiny, my attempts at measuring how many ml of mix went into each were a dismal failure. So instead, I went with an average weight.

I piled a bunch of the casts onto a postal scale and then calculated the average. Once I’ve worked through all the bodies I have, I’ll make a few 10 item batches of each small mold to measure how many ml are used.

The kittenloaf used 20ml and the average weight is 0.7oz, so I’m using a 1oz = $0.40.

Magnets will be added as I work out the costs, so not all of them will appear here at first…

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Solskin

Solskin - Left
Solskin

Resisting the temptation to name this guy Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana was very very hard… but I prevailed!

Solskin is Danish for ‘sunshine’ and that name fit this little guy like a glove. (When in doubt Google Translate is a great place to dig up interesting nomenclature.) He is one of the older pre-2012 residents of my workbench and the first horse of 2016 to get finished.

He started out as a shaded yellow coat that I meant to add dark points to, but once I started in on the orange pastel shading I couldn’t bring myself to cover up his legs with black. So his faux-bay is a little more faux, but I think he still looks pretty dapper!

Solskin is rarity among my fantasy customs because he lacks the normal high gloss finish. I was going to gloss him up, but when I hit him with the final Dulllcote to check for issues he just looked to handsome to re-gloss.

His seams are sanded and the Breyer logo has been removed. This was one of the older customs where I had carved out the hooves and ears to try and make him a little more realistic.

I’m not sure if he’d be Live Show Quality, but I think he’d make a nice Photo Show horse or even just a nice shelf piece to bring a little sunshine into any room!

Medium: Gesso, Liquitex Acrylics (Mars Black,Unknown Yellows), Apple Barrel Acrylics (20513 Bright Yellow, 20258 Melted Chocolate), FolkArt Acrylics (2906 Coffee Latte), and Sargent Art Chalk Pastels

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