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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Drastic customs are a lot easier with correct anatomy, and you can sketch bone structure to make that easier too! Learn how I do it in today's Thursday Tip.
Drastic customizing often involves cutting our model horses to reposition them into whole new poses and breeds, but this doesn't come easy, or safe. A vice makes this process soooo much easier and safer, and that's the topic of today's Thursday Tip.
In today's tip, I show you how to use gesso to make your white paint more opaque. Season 2 of Thursday Tips with Blue Mountain Stable airs every Thursday, August through September, 2019.
I don't know why I didn't do this sooner, but I finally started a Pinterest account just for Blue Mountain Stable and all things model horses, customizing, showing, tack, props, and tutorials. It's young but already a ton of resources for both you and me!
Expanding upon my hoof chapter in my painting details video, learn how to add stripes to your model horse's hooves.
It's a common question...do you need to remove the original factory paint on a model horse before customizing it? Find out the answer in today's Thursday Tip,
It's actually a really big deal to sign and date your model horse customs. Find out why in today's tip video.
It's the hallmark of a winning custom or of a realistic model horse...smooth seams. Learn how to remove them in this super short tips video.
I've decided to start a series of videos with super short tips for customizing. Since they are running from May to June, this is season one! Which also means that if the views and comments are good, you can expect season two in the late summer/early fall. So if you like them, check it out, comment, and subscribe to my YouTube channel if you want to see season two.
In this tutorial I show you how to convert the new Breyer Stablemates Unicorn Paint And Play sets into normal horses, with tips on how to remove the horns and prep your horses for paint.
A couple weeks ago, I asked my Instagram followers what sort of tutorials they would like to see from me. Video tutorials won the majority for preferred format, so I figured it was time to actually do something with that channel I set up a while ago. Many people wanted to see sculpting and painting tutorials, so I'm taking advantage of a long Christmas stay-cation to record some of those videos, starting with how I sculpt ears. That video is live now.
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