This mare was my second attempt at a Traditional scale Breyer model horse drastic remake, and just like last time, she was also my painting subject for National Model Painting Month (NAMOPAIMO). She started life as the Proud Arabian Mare and was resculpted into a more modern Egyptian Arabian mare with chestnut rabicano color painted in both acrylics and oils. Click "read more" to see all the work-in-progress photos and her step-by-step process videos!
New and improved tutorial of sculpting small-scale model horse ears, now with better footage and the steps from the second video included, so you can see the entire process from start to finish. Perfect for customizing Breyer Stablemates. Also, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to my fans who subscribed to me from the first video (which was also the very first video I uploaded to my channel years ago) as oooof, that was rough. My video editing and audio editing skills have come a loooooong way lol.
From time to time, I love to share my favorite tutorial findings from other artist's in the model horse hobby, and today's post is a series of videos by Myla Pearce, walking you step-by-step through painting a liver chestnut horse in airbrushed acrylics, complete with dappling.
This short tutorial video walks you through key tips to paint in Stewart Semple's Black 3.0, a great special effects paint for miniatures, model horses and looks especially cool on Breyer unicorns.
Since my last post from summer, I created another 4 horses and two medallions! 2020 sucked for a number of reasons I'm sure you are all too familiar with too, but at least in the model horse department I think 2020 was the year I made the most amount of model horses ever.
This month's vlog is part summary of my model horse art adventures and part oil painting process. It's not a tutorial, but it does give you a somewhat rare glimpse into one of the lesser filmed mediums in the model horse hobby.
In this short tutorial video, I explain what color primers are and how to use different colors to speed up your model horse painting process and how to make it easier to paint, white, bay, palomino and other horse colors.
I thought 2020 would be "my year" for model horse live showing. Well, joke's on me, lol. But what I didn't foresee was the huge amount of photo shows that would pop up during COVID isolation, and today's post + video is a highlight of how my horses did this year.
This short sculpting tutorial shows you a quick and easy way to create realistic chestnuts, those little knobby bits of growth on horse's leg that lends extra realism to your model horses.
A short tutorial on how to sculpt smooth manes and tails from epoxy putty without globulars or rough texture.
This video shares a handy and affordable tip I use to help keep dust and pet hair off my custom model horses while I am painting them.
This handy hack makes painting, priming and sealing model horses (or any miniature model, really) so much easier.
Finished showcase video of a newly finished repaint (a pretty rare custom for me; they're usually resculpted too!). This is the same horse that I painted for the Breyer sabino tutorial video.
This October, I had the opportunity to join Breyer Horses on their Instagram account for a livestream painting session. With all that is happening in 2020, Breyer converted their usual painting fun days held at tack stores and Breyer dealers nationwide to an online-only event, #breyervirtualfunday. I thought this was a great opportunity for everyone, everywhere, to join in on the fun from their own homes and learn new techniques too.
As crappy as 2020 has been, it has been a productive year for me on the model horse front. I managed to create and sell three Breyer model horse customs, ready-to-paint, as a Breyerfest sales offering. I also customized three other models all the way through the painting stage. Here's hoping I can squeeze out a few more before the year is up!
A complete tutorial with all the tools and color recipes needed to paint a leopard appaloosa on a Breyer, Schleich, CollectA, artist resin or other brand of model horse.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I will share a five-part series aimed at beginner model horse hobbyists (and tips for more advanced/intermediate people) covering everything about the model horse showing, organizing your collection, and documenting your collection.
How adorable are these shrunken down Breyer Traditionals to new Stablemate molds? I am quite excited, not only because these are some of my childhood favorite molds, but because I also have customizing plans...
The model horse hobby activity seems to have exploded all over the internet as people are home, and many customizing. While I am still working a full-time job, even I have noticed an up-tick in my customizing productivity. I'm looking to enjoy this turn of events and ride the productivity as long as I can, as my summer is looking to be incredibly busy with non-model horse activities and responsibilities. But enough of that. Let's take a look at the projects I've been working on!
Many of us are visual learners. You can learn so much from watching a video on painting model horses that an article just doesn't quite compare. It helps techniques click when you can see it in real-time. Which is why I'm so grateful to other hobbyists who took the time out of their day to make video tutorials, and why I make my own. And, since it's NaMoPaiMo time, I've collected some of my favorite tutorials from YouTube, along with a few of mine, just for painting model horses. Maybe there's something in here you'd like to try on your 2020 NaMoPaiMo horse?
While not a "proper tutorial," this great speed sculpting video from Rayvin Maddock offers a rare and amazing look into the sculpting steps of a leading model horse artist.
I don't normally have this many awesome projects in my studio at once, but due to circumstances, I have some time that I am taking advantage of. It's also the perfect time to get ready for NaMoPaiMo, painting my mini resin collection, and pumping out sales horses.
Painting a really good roan model horse is actually a super hard task, but DeeJayBe made a nice tutorial that will definitely get you started in making nice roan horses with a few different methods.
Today's NaMoPaiMo post talks about prepping and priming your horses for next month's National Model Painting Month. The video covers seven tips to make prepping easier and more fun, as well as how to work in the cold (since for most of us, February is a wintry month). In today's blog post, I'll also cover tools, supplies and how to troubleshoot common primer issues.
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