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.
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.
Craftsmanship is everything, not only for a winning model horse but for an amazing work of art in your collection. That is an especially big deal if you bought an expensive artist resin. In this video I’ll teach you everything from sanding to priming for that perfect surface before painting your artist resin.
An overview of my NaMoPaiMo horse and MEPSA donation mare, with glimpses into the drastic customizing process, as well as a side-by-side with the original Breyer Lady Phase so you can see how far she came. Be sure to subscribe to my channel for more videos like tutorials on painting and sculpting model horses.
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 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.
The second video in the tutorial series is my own personal recipe for painting bays, complete with application steps. Just in time for NaMoPaiMo 2019!
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.
Not being able to create for extended periods of time is frustrating. I get grumpy if I go beyond a week without customizing. Now imagine going without customizing for nearly two months. That's what happened to me at the end of August when we decided to embark on some life adventures.
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.
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!
After attending the spectacular but 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.
...And Works In Progress
It's a hot spring in Colorado...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 (more on that later), 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.
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.
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 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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