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.
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.
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.
Today's video blog is a short and sweet review of my model horse customs and my hobby adventures, as well as the one year anniversary of my YouTube channel and all the model horse customizing video tutorials I have created since last December.
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.
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.
In this video, I review the pros and cons of Testors, Rustoleum, Microscale Industries and Golden Polymer Varnish. I also talk about how their features affect your model horse customs so you can choose the one that works best for you!
This short video reviews three brands of primers and shows you how they look on my own model horses, so you can pick the best for your next projects.
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.
It's not child's play. Model horse customizing is fun, but there are a lot of health concerns and safety risks to be aware of, and protect yourself from. Today's blog post and video talks about many of what you need to know before you customize a model horse.
This tutorial shows you the painting steps and how to mix the colors to create a realistic baby black foal in soft, warm gray tones. Since young black horses aren't pitch dark, this tutorial will help you create a far more realistic foal!
By day, I'm a graphic designer. It's how I pay for the plastic ponies. But outside of making graphics for my model horse social media like YouTube, I haven't done much with graphics for model horses. I'd thought I'd start fusing the two passions and make a fan line of products for Blue Mountain Stable and funny products for model horse people in general.
Did you know? Using Photoshop or a similar photo-editing software with a painting feature is a great way to test out pattern ideas for both pintos and appaloosas.
I guess it's only appropriate that Maggie Bennett's most feisty creation, a fighting fjord pony, is also what fights my attempts to learn how to prep pewter micros.
What is it like going to a model horse live show? If you have never been to one, start here! This video not only recaps some of the best entries at the 2019 Jennifer Show, but also gives you a great look at model horse showing.
The performance entries at The Jennifer Show 2019 were FIERCE. But as a spectator, this only meant that they were the most detailed, colorful and imaginative set-ups you could imagine. Some of the hobby's biggest performance showers were in attendance, giving it their all.
For a workmanship-only show (there no OFs like Peter Stone or Breyer, unless customized), the Jennifer Show was huge! There were 80 entrants hailing from all over the nation, Canada and Europe. Some of the biggest names in the hobby also came to this show as either entrants or judges, such as Melanie Miller, Kylee Parks, Sarah Mink, Amanda Brock, Leslie Kathman, Liesl Daple, Laura Skillern, Lauren Hoeffer and Steph Blaylock.
The result? A visual smorgasbord of amazing customs on Saturday. Here are my favorites of the large scale customs and the minis by top artists.
Over the next of couple days, I will share posts highlighting all the awesomeness of The Jennifer Show in Aurora, Colorado, 2019. Today's post will feature some top highlights and exceptional mini entries. Part two will feature top artists and the eye-catching large scale customs. Part three will highlight performance.
Sometimes thing don't go according to plan, or you just don't like a custom you made anymore. When that happens, stripping the paintwork with an agent can let you start over. Learn how I do it in this Thursday Tips video.
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