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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

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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

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M.O.M. Live Show Donation

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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

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Portrait Horse: Dandy

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Portrait Horse: Dandy

Make: Breyer
Scale: Traditional
Mold: Giselle
Color: Chestnut
Gallery: Chestnut
Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Mars Black, Raw Sienna, Taupe, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Oxide, Light Portrait Pink, Burnt Umber, Phthalocyanine Blue, Venetian Rose, Unbleached Titanium, Neutral Gray), Apple Barrel (20504 Black, 20762 Pure Silver), FolkArt (504 VanDyke Brown, 425 Medium Gray), Golden Iridescent Pearl (Fine), Prismacolor Pencils (943 Burnt Ochre, 941 Raw/Light Umber, 1074 French Grey 70%, 942 Yellow Ochre, 914 Cream, 1001 Salmon Pink, 948 Sepia, 1076 French Grey 90%, 964 Warm Grey Very Light), Sargent Art Earthtone Chalk Pastels, Pigma Micron 03 pen, Liquitex Matte Varnish, Liquitex Gloss Varnish
Status: Finished December 2013 and Custom Order Continue reading

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Making a Model Horse Painting Template

Paint Test - Silver-bay Blanket Appaloosa

Paint Test – Silver-bay Blanket Appaloosa

In order to test out new color combinations (or to make sure I have the colors right for a custom order) I use a basic horse template that I trace over and then paint over/in.

So of like a clothing or costume designers sketches, it’s meant as a very rough outline of what the final horse will look like– but it’s a lot easier to make sure the concept will work here and not on the model.

Over the years I’ve used a bunch of different outlines, but this time around I wanted to be able to use sketchbook paper since it wrinkles a lot less than the copier paper.

So I grabbed by trusty tiny sketchbook and started doodling! Continue reading

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Still Life from the Workbench

Live from the Workbench 12-01-13

Let the cleaning begin!

To help motivate myself this month to get back in the art trenches, I’m going to be posting a photo a day of the current workbench herd– even if I don’t get anything done!

I had a great time taking photos of the portrait horse as I was working on it and looking back at those it really helps to motivate me to do the same going forward. When you’re in the middle ugly stages, it’s easy to forget that all those layers will add up to something over time. (Plus it’s fun to watch a horse ‘grow’!)

The photos will go up to Facebook and Google+ albums and then once the month is over I’ll add a fun time lapse post here.

Who knows, if this turns out well I might keep doing it for 2014! :)

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A Thanks Giving Sale!

G3/G4 Thanks Giving Sale!

G3/G4 Thanks Giving Sale!

I love the model horse hobby and all the wonderful folks that make tack, collect clinkies, paint horses, make props, collects OFs, sculpt resins, make how-to videos, collect customs, photoshow, liveshow, funshow… it is a massive ball of horsey-worsey fun! And possibly Doctor Who jokes. But mostly fun! ;)

And so, I decided against my better judgement to do a Thanks Giving sale. And it’s happening today because I will be in a serious turkey coma in a few hours and probably won’t remember to post this on Black Friday.

You see that body box to the right? I have all of those bodies IN HAND. I have have them in hand for TWO YEARS. I want them out of hand!

So any color, any pattern is now 20% off and body costs are dropped to $2.00 regardless of the mold.

As the bodies get marked off, I will come back and update the photo with green check marks– like the stock horse who’s already spoken for. It’s first come, first served– but if you pick a horse that is already gone before I update the photo, I’ll do my best to get a new body in to fill the order.

Custom Listings will be created on Etsy later tomorrow for the bodies and I’m selling these slots as Prepaid. I still offer 100% refunds if you don’t like the way it turns out, I’m just trying to cover the last few business bills from this year. :p

UPDATE: Sale will continue until all horses are sold or we run out of November!

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Miracle Max

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Miracle Max

Make: Breyer
Scale: Mini Whinnies
Mold: Standing Quarter Horse Stallion
Color: Yellow-orange Dun Frame Overo
Gallery: Fantasy Overo
Medium: Liquitex Acrylics (Gesso, Cadmium Yellow Medium/Brilliant Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Brilliant Orange, Mars Black) Sargent Art Chalk Pastels (Oranges and Reds)
Painted/Sold: Painted October 2013 and SOLD!

This little guy earned his name after a long drawn out battle to try and photograph him. I have a love-hate relationship with my camera when it comes to certain colors… and it looks like I’m going to have to add yellow to that list! Continue reading

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Make: Breyer
Scale: Stablemate
Mold: Shetland Pony (G2)
Color: Chestnut Splash Overo
Gallery: Realistic Overo
Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Neutral gray, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Oxide, Light Portrait Pink, Burnt Umber, Ivory Black), Sargent Art Earthtone Chalk Pastels
Status: Painted September 2013 and Sold

Just like his namesake, this little guy is on the move! Now that he’d had his last roll in the pastels and a splash of chrome to add some flair, Tumbleweed is ready to trot off to a new set of shelves. Continue reading

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Make: Breyer
Scale: Mini Whinnie
Mold: Romping Foal
Color: Blue-green Overo
Gallery: Fantasy Overo
Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Mars Black, Light Portrait Pink), FolkArt (720 Cobalt Blue), and Sargent Art Chalk Pastels
Status: Painted March 2013 and For Sale

No bigger than a penny, this little gal sports one heck of an attitude– a prefect match for one of the names dreamed up in my Facebook group! (After a couple hundred horses, I sometimes get stuck on naming these little guys. ;)) Continue reading