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 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!
This step-by-step process video shows you all the techniques I use to sculpt a muzzle on a model horse in Milliput Superfine White epoxy putty. While demonstrated in 1/32 scale, I use these same steps on larger 1/12 and 1/9 scale muzzles as well. This video condenses approximately 35 mins of sculpting in real-time. Primary tools/supplies are small clay shapers, an old paint brush, paper towels and water (see below for tool links).
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...
Breyerfest is virtual this year, which means I get to join in the fun of selling "at Breyerfest" this year and you get a chance to own a Blue Mountain Stable custom model horse. This year, I am offering three customs, ready to paint yourself or send to your favorite painting artist. They will be up for offers to US customers on Model Horse Sales Pages, and I will publish the links to their ads on this landing page.
Today's post is a two-for-one! I am kicking off a new series of tutorial videos this year on how to paint pintos, and these two videos cover the basics and how to get started in the first pattern discussed: tobiano.
A small scale artist resin horse painted into a black tobiano by Kristen Taylor of Blue Mountain Stable using airbrushed and hand-painted acrylics, on a resin sculpted by Sarah Rose. This is the smaller version of Sarah's popular Lonestar resin. Completed in 2018.
I created this horse starting in 2016 from the Breyer Stablemate G3 Jumping horse with handtools and Aves Apoxy putty. I lengthened and re-positioned her back, sculpted a new head and neck, new ears, new mane, and corrected her knees and hooves. Her paintwork was completed in 2018 using airbrushed acrylics, hand painted acrylics, and my dry earth method to pink her nose. She won a NAN card at her first show in 2018 at the ultra competitive Candyland Live.
Have you ever wanted a special model horse in your vision, perhaps a portrait of your real horse, or in a pose or color you can't find at the store? Then model horse customizing is just for you, and this beginner's video walks you through many of the customizing possibilities and the skills involved in each so you can get started making your own unique model horses from Breyers, Schleichs, CollectAs or other brands available to you. Be sure to check back for more in this series, like common tools you will need.
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!
This fan-requested video tutorial demonstrates creating the ribbons and the flights of a draft horse presentation set, and also includes a free-PDF download for those who do not have access to a digital program to draw their own. I've included some different sizes to help you find the right one for your model.
Right now the model horse community on YouTube has come back in force during this crazy March of 2020. While I am not one of the people with lots of new-found free time, I am still making videos! Today's video is one of my most fan requested and takes you through my model horse customizing workbook, with tips on making your own.
This short and sweet video covers the tips and tricks you need to know to sculpt wrinkles, skin folds and stretched skin on a model horse. It works great for original sculptures, custom Breyer horses, and more.
This short tutorial covers all the steps, tricks and tips to sculpting a running braid on a model horse from scratch. Perfect for original sculptures or customized model horses like Breyer horse customs.
I prepped and sculpted a ton of horses during the last week of January, in prep for NaMoPaiMo in February. Also, I recorded my sculpting process for a muzzle and a neck so you can get a fast look into how I sculpt those parts of a horse.
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?
OMG!!!! After this, we only have one more week until NaMoPaiMo officially starts. So I need to really hustle, get these horses done, pick out an entry, and register. While I'm getting started on that, check out what I worked on for my week 3 National Model Painting Month adventures.
My second week of preparing for National Model Painting Month in February entailed sculpting and prepping a lot of mini scale goodness. Plus, a really fluffy, adorable draft 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.
I have a few weeks before National Model Painting Month begins in February, and this week was spent prepping a ton of possible horses that might become my official entry horse, as well bonus side-projects. There's a bunch of minis, artist resins, customs, traditionals and classics all in this mix. Take a look for yourself and see what I worked on this week.
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.
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