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.
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.
A short tutorial on how to sculpt smooth manes and tails from epoxy putty without globulars or rough texture.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Expanding upon my hoof chapter in my painting details video, learn how to add stripes to your model horse's hooves.
My first ever tobiano (and one of my first ever customs) placed next to my latest, and a perfect illustration of why you stick to your passions. If you've ever felt like your work will never amount to those created by the big name artists, then you need to read this.
If you have ever wanted to create a dynamic black horse with rich blue and brown tones that shimmer in the light, this tutorial is for you! I'll walk you through the color stages and recipes to paint your very own, stunning black model horse.
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.
Apoxie Sculpt and other brands of two-part epoxy clay is the heart and soul of model horse customizing and a great air-dry clay. For this post, I'm featuring a great tutorial video by Darynn Bednarczyk of DeeJayBe model horse customs to get you started in all things apoxie. Be sure to visit the video on YouTube and click on the description since she has a TON of great resources and tools listed there.
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.
It's probably the thing that bugs me the most and THE NUMBER ONE REASON why most horses don't win...bad prepping/priming or, worse, none at all. With every show I attend, more horses seem to lack prepping.
Originally published January 14, 2018.
For those who might not have heard, #NaMoPaiMo is National Model Painting Month, an international painting challenge in February between model horse hobbyists. It was founded and is run by Jennifer Buxton and is a fun online (and sometimes in-person) gathering of sharing progress, tips and fun.
Now in its second year, I will be participating again with another stablemate custom. I've chosen a Breyer G1 Thoroughbred mare who I am transforming into an Arabian mare. My January month will be spent finishing her sculpting and prepping her for next month's painting.
While I'm at it, I thought I'd walk you through her major changes, which I also thought would be a great insight for those wanting to know how to make great little stablemate customs.
Originally published February 20, 2018.
After the prior article on craftsmanship, I thought it would be great to have a super short but super illustrated look into why craftsmanship is so important to prepping. Consider this a mini tutorial for sanding.
Before I sprayed my NaMoPaiMo mare with primer, I honestly thought this girl was super smooth. But look! The first coat of primer showed that I couldn't have been more wrong. While not bad for the first pass of primer, clearly she needs more sanding, especially around the areas where I added epoxy.
Originally published February 17, 2018.
"Why doesn't mine look as good as that horse?"
"Why didn't mine win?"
Do questions like these sound familiar? While a number of factors affect the answer (especially to the question, "Why didn't I win?"), I am going to share with you one of the biggest factors I almost always see that distinguishes great customs from sub-par and winners from those that just placed. It's a little secret my art professors drilled into me, so it will help you in other areas of art too.
The secret is excellent craftsmanship.
Originally published August 22, 2016.
Each custom I attempt involves a little more sculpting, both additive and subtractive, than the last. It is both exciting and challenging to tackle a project a little more complex than anything else you have done, but it's the secret to growth.
This girl has been just that, both exciting because she is my first jumping custom and challenging because her neck presented all sorts of proportion and biomechanical problems.
Drastic customs in general are challenging, and to help you with your's, I'll walk you through some tips with today's post. Consider this walk-through a sort of mini tutorial.
The author of this blog and a model horse customizer, painter, and sculptor.
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