Monday, July 24, 2017

Jersey Cow Work In Progress:

This one is the cow I've been painting now.  I did some sculpting to her to change her.  She's got all new fuller udders and teats. She's had her head lowered and turned. Her tail separated from her leg. And I opened her mouth some because she's going to have some hay inserted into her mouth like she's eating.  I'm thinking of doing her as a full blooded Jersey or maybe a Holstein Jersey cross, but I haven't decided. I do want her to have some white on her though, so even then she could still be a full blooded Jersey because they can have white patches also.  She's going through a lot of pastelling and then I'm doing layers of acrylic washes which right now is why she looks really sloppy. She's just got base coloring in right now.  Then I shadow that and then highlight, then detail. 
So she's in a rough stage right now but she'll look better soon.  She's also a lot darker than the camera is picking up.  I had the same problem with the last Akhal Teke mare too.  She's a lot darker than she looks in the pictures.  But hopefully I'll get some really accurate pictures when she's done. Her face is going to be really dark but I'm also darkening her body also.  She's going to be one of those very dark rich colored Jerseys. Like this one.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Akhal Teke Mare Progress:

This is the Akhal Teke Mare I'm not quite finished with.  She's much darker buckskin than the pictures seem to show.  The flash was on so she looks lighter,  but she's not quite done yet. She's got a roached mane and angry pinned ears. She's also got more of a lippy mouth too. I raised her head up some to look more obnoxious and angry.. She's out of the Breyer Marwari model. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

New Projects In Progress:

Working on a stablemate TWH.  It's the I think, G3 TWH stablemate that's walking.  I'm turning him into a parked out TWH instead. I've got more work to do on the right hind pastern and the front legs.  He's still being shaped. 

I've also created some dogs.  I used a Breyer Beagle and made a Japanese Chin (which is in MH$P right now) I'll leave a link. CLICK HERE

And I've made a Blue Chow Chow sitting like Chow's are known to sit.  Like bears. He's got one hind leg normally positioned with the other tucked under with his back paw out.  And I did this one out of a Breyer chocolate Lab model.  This is a really drastic CM.  He's now in MH$P also.
Click HERE

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Appaloosa Mare:

In the words of Wendy Williams, "Can we talk?" lol

Ok, remember this model I was in the process of painting? 

Well, it was supposed to be from this photo.

Well, it didn't turn out.  I did her in pastels so when you use pastels you go from light to dark. It's the layering process. Well, I went too dark to begin with and I just couldn't balance out the colors to fit.  I wanted the lighter chestnut horse with the snowflake spots that blended in and didn't stand out so stark white in contrast to the body color. What I had just wasn't going to be this horse, and I tried to get it lighter with washes and it was just not working. So I just accepted that it was going to be a darker version of this and worked on focusing my attention to the blacket pattern.  The paint wasn't cooperating, I had thick areas of paint and I just was getting more and more frustrated with this model.  Until I just got to a point I couldn't stand it anymore. So, I know it may be disappointing to my blogger followers, but I ........buffed the paint off as best I could , smoothed the surface, and reprimed her in white again.  I know I know....  But I just had to.  It's my OCD kicking in I think.  I just would rather start over on another model and try again with this reference photo.  I think maybe a standing model.  A Lady Phase or a Stud Spider maybe. 
So you may be wondering what did I do instead with this model then?  Well, I found two new reference pictures and went absolutely nuts.  I LOVE this horse now. I didn't take progress photos this time because I wasn't as sure of what I was going to wind up keeping so I didn't want people to watch and like the new model only to scrap it again like I did the other paintjob.  But here are the two photos I went by this time.

And here is the progress of the model now.  I'm close to completing her. 

I don't know about everyone else, but I think it's an improvement.