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!
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.
Since my last post from summer, I created another 4 horses and two medallions! While 2020 hasn't been very kind, at least in the model horse department I think 2020 was the year I made the most amount of model horses ever.
I thought 2020 would be "my year" for model horse live showing. Life had other plans. 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 handy hack makes painting, priming and sealing model horses (or any miniature model, really) so much easier.
Finished showcase 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.
It's has been a productive year for me on the model horse front. I've created 6 customs so far, which is my best number yet for any given year. 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...
With no longer having a commute to work as a result of COVID isolation, I found I had a little more time each day for hobby activities, and here is what I'm 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 and painting my mini resin collection.
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 for those in the northern hemisphere. In today's blog post, I'll also cover tools, supplies and how to troubleshoot common primer issues.
Another "I didn't have time to make this myself, and DeeJayBe beat me to it" tutorial! She covers some great methods you can try, including one of my favorites: dapples with pencils.
An overview of my three official horses from National Model Painting Month 2017, 2018 and 2019 with progress footage showing how I created them.
I think it's amazing when top model horse artists share a view into their process, and even better when they make a tutorial. Rayvin Maddock is one of my favorite model horse sculptors because of her wonderful manes and tails, but she also made this great tutorial on sculpting a horse's neck, as demonstrated on her 2019 ICEE project horse.
NaMoPaiMo (National Model Painting Month) is the brainchild of Jennifer Buxton and probably one of the best things in the model horse hobby. Today’s video talks about what it is, the rules, and how to join. The blog article below talks about choosing your model, some painting options based on skill, and how to get your model ready for February. The rest of this blog post then covers additional questions and some suggestions on how to pick a painting media.
Unfortunately for me, I don't always have the time to make every tutorial topic I want, or that you want. Fortuantly for both of us, some there are a few great tutorials already out there, like this mane and tail sculpting tutorial by DeeJayBe.
Okey, so one of these two videos isn't technically a model horse tutorial, but it offers extremely valuable and related info to get you started in airbrushing model horses. The second video featured today is actually from a model horse airbrush artists.
I'm not the only model horse customizer and painter making model horse customizing guides, and each week I will share one of my favorite tutorials from around the web. This week is a veining tutorial from DeeJayBee on YouTube.
I love using Photoshop (or a similar photo-editing software with a painting feature) as a great way to test out pattern ideas for both pintos and appaloosas.
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