Category Archives: Custom Model Horses

These are posts regarding the finished (or in-progress) customized model horses.

Portrait Horse: Vincent

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There is something addictively awesome about taking someone else’s art and making it come to life on a horse!

This little guy is Vincent and is drawn by the talented ContinuingLegacy (Izzy). Because I was working with an artist it made it a breeze to collaborate the sculpt and painting, since they could do sketch overlays on photos of the actual model.

But since this work was such a back and forth between me and the artist, I took a lot of photos. A lot. (Just shy of a thousand.) So when it came time to make this post I had a hard time weeding it down. If you want to see even more photos, please check out Vincent’s Facebook Album over on my page! :) Continue reading Portrait Horse: Vincent

McLaughlin’s Midnight Dancer

McLaughlin's Midnight Dancer
McLaughlin’s Midnight Dancer

Once upon a time there was a lonely G1 Stablemate Morgan Stallion who wandered eBay in search of a home. He was mint his owner said, he was in excellent shape! And lo, he was sold to the highest bidder and trotted off his new home.

Only he wasn’t mint, and he wasn’t in good condition, and his new owner was bummed.

And lo, he was bummed, for he had thought himself a most handsome horse.

But all was not lost, because scratches and black marks and slightly warping are still not enough to turn this old gentleman into a dud. So his owner shipped him off to me for a bit of sprucing up!

Thus follows the story of Dancer, who was a ‘simple’ black custom the drove me happily nuts with his seams and his refusal to take good photos… Continue reading McLaughlin’s Midnight Dancer

3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation

3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation
3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation

This handsome guy is a Breyer Stablemate G3 Mustang stallion painted into a clover-spotted green appaloosa with a white clover star on his forehead. He was a donation to the 3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show to be held in October of this year (NAN qualification and website link pending). He was a sibling donation to the bay drafter I did for the M.O.M. Live Show donation, run by the same showholder.

Much like the bay drafter was my first attempt at dappling, this little guy was my first attempt at painting clovers! I naively thought that painting the 4-H clover logo would be a walk in the park, but I ended up revising the idea into a simpler clover shape.

I also had fun working clover shapes into the edges of the blanket, so he looks like someone dumped a bucket of snow on a cloverfield! :) Continue reading 3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation

Golden Star

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Golden Star

Golden Star is a custom order done on a Breyer Stablemate G3 Friesian stallion and this handsome fella is the other half of the custom order with Silverheart. He’s a golden extended blanket appaloosa with gold/silver/bronze striped hooves, amber eyes, and a diamond star on his forehead. His white markings have a painted layer of matte finish (which is more semi-gloss) over them to make them shine.

Like Silverheart, his paintjob was an adventure in learning metallics! The gold covers much better than silver did, but my various experiments in shading the gold didn’t pan out. I ended up using a very diluted bronze-gold mixture to bring some depth to the mane and some lightness from the silver and the Ceramcoat gold. Continue reading Golden Star


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Silverheart is a custom order done on a Breyer Stablemate G3 Stock Horse mare and is only the second time I’ve ever painted this mold (Schneekatze being the first). She’s a silver snowcap appaloosa with metallic black points, only a few small spots, silver and bronze striped hooves, bronze eyes, and a heart-shaped star on her forehead.

She’s part of a pair, Golden Star is the other, and they taught me a lot about how to work with metallics! Continue reading Silverheart

Earth: Custom Order

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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 Earth: Custom Order

M.O.M. Live Show Donation

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M.O.M. Live Show Donation

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 M.O.M. Live Show Donation