This month's vlog is part summary of my model horse art adventures and part oil painting process. It's not a tutorial, but it does give you a somewhat rare glimpse into one of the lesser filmed mediums in the model horse hobby.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
These past couple months have been crazy as I try to crank out a bunch of model horse tutorials before my upcoming summer projects hit me (looking at you, MEPSA champ book). But that's not the only thing I've been working on.
And Other Things in the Studio
Everyone is going nuts over Breyer shrinking the popular Alborozo mold for the Stablemate line. As a fan of everything mini, I am 100% behind this trend, although maybe not so much for the unicorn approach.
But that's okay; I'm a customizer. Off with this horn!
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.
The author of this blog and a model horse customizer, painter, and sculptor.
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