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Showing posts from October, 2018

Copy Cat Custom Project

If you are looking for a little inspiration for your next custom mini, head on over to Facebook. The Copy Cat Custom Project might be for you. Sometimes in creative endeavors, two artists or authors might begin with the same goals, reference point, or inspiration. And while there is a little elementary-school fear that someone may point a finger and call these artists “copy cats,” the truth is that no two models or novels are truly alike. The creator brings so much to the table: experience, craft, personality, and style. That’s what this community project is about. Bethany Shaw posted “We are celebrating the differences in our methods and execution by doing this community building project! To participate: customize a G1 Arabian Stablemate (or the Prancing Arabian, if you can't get a G1) to dapple grey, using the group banner as a major reference for color, and add bows to the mane and tail.

Quick Tip: Two at a Time

Customizing models can mean a lot of waiting... waiting for Apoxie Sculpt to set, waiting for primer to dry, and waiting for dull coat spray to turn, well, dull. When I was pastelling with my friend Karen, I didn’t notice the waiting between layers because we were chatting, or making cocoa, or I’d be checking out her project. But since I’ve moved, I work on my own. This means I’m tempted to add more pastel instead of waiting for my dull coat spray to dry. (Disaster! Incoming!) So working on two models at once helps. I don’t feel like I’m wasting precious studio time. When one is drying, I’ll add color to the other. Two custom mini models in progress. Sometimes one model will be finished before the other. Any progress is good progress... especially if I haven't been tempted to add pastel before the spray coat is dry!

Throwback Thursday Mini Model Horse Version

Awhile back, I heard through the grapevine that a hobbyist purchased one of my models. It was something I had done years before, and the comments were something along the line of a seam was showing or there was a brush stroke in the paint—or probably both! The gossipy tone of this news made me laugh. I am not perfect, nor has every piece I ever created been perfect. Maybe someday I'll get closer to that goal. So for all of you who are working on your craft and learning as you go, I'm going to share some photos of custom minis I've done over the years. When I first started customizing Stablemates, only G1 models were available. Here's an Arabian mare made from the Thoroughbred mare from my days in San Diego, CA (from 1995 to 1998). She is airbrushed a warm gray and sports four little socks and a blaze. Her mane and tail are very textured (remember Gapoxio? It didn't like me.) And the Krylon spray on her is rather shiny... maybe I was going for the Show Sheen look

More New Stablemate Molds

I purchased three new molds at Breyerfest 2018, so I am behind the curve in posting about them. Many artists have been customizing the Alborozo—it seems to be a favorite! Alborozo Unicorn, a smaller, mirror image of the Traditional model by the same name, sculpted by Brigitte Eberl. Gypsy Vanner, again a smaller version of a Traditional mold (Brishen) which is a variation of the Iberian mold but with modified legs and feathers... phew this boy has come a long way! From above, you can see that the Brishen mold has a rather narrow shape. Magnolia Unicorn, a smaller version of the Porcelain Traditional scale model, sculpted by Kathleen Moody. I've started on a custom of Magnolia. I've removed the horn, and taken a little off her ears and under her jaw. She needed a little clean-up in the pasterns, too. The only epoxy I've added is on her topline. I'm looking for a little more substance for my finished piece. I ended up adding more

Boston Inspiration: Pastels and Horses

Pastel box belonging to American-born painter and artist Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). The sticks still wrapped in papers weren't used. On display at the Museum of Fine Arts. A beautiful quote about working in pastel, Museum of Fine Arts "Henry" of Paint and Henry by Deborah Butterfield at Copley Plaza Mall. Cast in Bronze, but looks like he is built from pieces of recycled metal. "Paint" looking toward Henry in a circular garden. “Appeal to the Great Spirit" by American sculptor Cyrus E. Dallin (1861–1944). Cast in bronze in 1909. I love how the horse is at peace with the world--so unlike the mounts of Generals that you see in this scale.