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.
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.
Today's tip talks about how you can replicate your successes or figure out what went wrong with a model horse custom by keeping notes. Season two of Thursday Tips with Blue Mountain Stable airs August through September, 2019.
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.
Warped legs are horrible on a model horse, especially your brand new Breyer bling bag Stablemate! But they are fixable. Learn how in today's Thursday Tip.
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,
One of my frequent questions is how do I sculpt such freaking tiny ears? Well now I have two tutorial videos that document my complete process so that you too can create ears for Breyer Stablemates and similar small horses.
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.
It's actually a really big deal to sign and date your model horse customs. Find out why in today's tip video.
Finger grease can have long term, negative effects on model horse customs. To preserve your work for years to come, this tip talks about the importance of wearing gloves while painting your models.
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.
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.
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