Friday, January 22, 2016

For every action...

There is a lot of inaction.

Still prepping away, although going slower now. Cold weather makes me want to sleep and do nothing, but I did manage to get some more details done on Nightmare. She has some enhanced hoofers! 

In one of her feet I hit a wire, so that has to be ground down before I can resculpt that foot. Then I can throw another layer of primer on and hopefully call her done. 

In the meantime, sitting gives plenty of time to think, and thinking means it's time for the jumper cm to come back out. 

Yes, this looks, emmm, close enough
This guy needs his own song, I don't know how many times his legs have been on and off and on and off and....  Oh well.  Currently I'm debating scale, he's just on the edge of needing to be chopped up and scaled up.  I think once I actually start adding muscles and details I will have too for sure, but until then I'll just keep moving limbs.  And maybe give him some eye balls.  He's kinda creepy at the moment.  

Ok, ok, less thinking, more adding of epoxy.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

To braid or not to braid

I have quite the backlog of resins to get through, with the bare minimum goal of getting them all prepped and primed this year, since some of them are beginning to turn an unfortunate shade of yellow.  A couple of them are nice and straight forward, sand, fill, prime; no extra work needed.  A number of them I have plans for some small changes, new mane, tail, small profile or ear changes.  And one or two are getting a pretty major overhaul because, well, why not!

One of the biggest guys I've got here also turned out to be one of the easiest to prep, Morgen Kilbourn's Quartermeister.  

He was all set to get a layer of primer today, but I couldn't help but think how nice he would look all braided up like a proper dressage horse.  Now, I have two possible colors picked out for him (ok, more like four, ha).  One a dark dapple grey with light/white mane and tail, sort of like this filly.

so pretty

The second being a lighter dappled grey with flea bites, like Unbridled's Song here.  Not sure on light or dark mane and tail.  

Of course, I can also see him in black with minimal chrome.

yep, perfect.

The current standing up mane would really highlight the white mane on the dark grey.  But, it could look pretty with the braids too.  So, I suppose it comes down to whether or not I want to add another horse to my braid list.  Hmmm.  In the mean time, I'll just keep prepping away.  

Technology age

That's it, I've gone and done it now!  I've created a Facebook page for the studio!  I'm hoping that this will help me be more active by allowing me to post more random or in the moment things rather than feeling like I have to compose a (fairly) cohesive blog post.  I know not everyone use Facebook, and I have no intention of isolating readers, so the blog will certainly not be abandoned!

As far as actual work goes, I'm beginning to prep up a storm and trying to narrow in on color choices for everything I plan on painting.  Eventually.

Today I worked on Kitty Cantrell's Nightmare, mostly finishing the prepping and getting a layer of primer on. Nowadays I only really prime my pieces in gray or red depending on what color they are going to be painted. Nightmare here will end up mostly black.

She is such a cool resin. I love the fantasy horses, even if I never plan on getting them in the show ring. I've got a special idea in mind for this piece, but we'll see if I can pull it off. It is way outside my knowledge as a painter. Should be fun!

Remove the cobwebs and dust off the blog

Let's give this another go because exciting things are in the future!

2015 was a rough year for me, but I'm working towards making 2016 better.  So in that vein, I'm going to do something very unusual for me.  I am not the kind of person to make resolutions, but I am going to aim to update this blog a minimum of once a month.  Yes, the bar is set very (very) low, but if I succeed that will be 12 more blog posts than last year.  Huzzah!

So, it's time break out the paintbrushes and carbide scrapers, fire up the heat gun, and pick up the dremel (and maybe even dig into some clay!)

Shifu approves!