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.
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 more established or professional artists, then you need to read this.
My followers on Instagram requested this video and now it is finally here! How to paint eyes, hooves and chestnuts on a model horse custom, with special emphasis on the Breyer Stablemates scale.
A visual story of how I transformed the old Breyer Lady Phase into a floating trot Criollo mare.
Apoxie Sculpt and other brands of two-part epoxy "clay" is the heart and soul of model horse customizing and a greatno-bake solution. 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.
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. The horn easily came off.
After attending the spectacular and massive Rocky Mountain Spring Fling, attending June Bug was a refreshing change of pace. A much smaller show, June Bug was split into two days and I attended the first day, which highlighted minis, artist resins, customs and chinas. Don't let the size fool you; some of Colorado's best were at this show in Divide.
It's a hot spring in here...the birds are signing, the sun is blazing, and I can now wear shorts while airbrushing. With the warmer weather has come an assortment of projects, from judging photo shows, to creating my first traditional custom for the Model Equine Photo Showers Association (MEPSA), my to-do list is not wanting.
Originally published January 14, 2018.
#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 stablemate customs.
Highlights form one of Colorado's largest live shows, the Rocky Mountain Spring Fling. My modest string of minis was at this show and many took home ribbons, as well as my newly debuted Little Lonestar. There was a lot of eye candy, so without further ado, here are my favorite highlights from the show.
Originally published February 20, 2018.
After the prior article on craftsmanship, I thought it would be great to have a super short and illustrated look into why craftsmanship is so important to prepping.
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 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 mare 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 yours, I'll walk you through some tips with today's post.
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