Saturday, December 25, 2010
This is the last video of this project and in it we apply the final touches which will bring our horse alive in a scene where he’ll look right at home. As I’ve said before the presentation of a piece is just as important, and sometimes more important, as the carving itself. I think this is a good example of that. Just a little extra work and a few minor tweaks have turned a simple carved horse into an impressive scene that easily stands above any that might be close by. It’s the old “Elephant in the room” theory: You just can’t ignore it!
So, I hope you enjoyed following along and I hope you’re as satisfied with your result as I am with mine. As always, your comments are welcomed and appreciated.
Laying the carving tools to the side it’s time to get out the brushes and apply some color to our cayuse. This one will be an Appaloosa with a white blanket.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
As always comments are welcome and appreciated.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
If you go to the gallery and compare the wagon before it was weathered to what it looks like now you can really see the importance of this step. Now it looks like it just rolled into the studio from being out in the field for quite some time. I used a light brown on the wheels first. Drybrushing it pretty heavy where the spokes meet the rims and humbs. Where the hubs meet the axles I used Dark Burnt Umber to indicate grease. On the wagon box I used a very light tan lightly applied and then a little heavier around the corners or anywhere there would be wear. The wagon makers name on the side box is authentic for the period and the area where it would have been used. The chains for the front tongue came from some necklace jewelry I found at WalMart. Oh, I figured out a way to hinge the front door by using short lengths of wire. I just used a piece of old drop cloth for the temporary canvas cover. Judy will have to sew the real one. I will live it rolled up as shown so the inside can be viewed.
I think it really turned out well and am now glad I waited those past years before finishing it. It's going to make a great anchor for the scene which, if it turns out how I visualize, will be a real winner. As always your comments are welcome and appreciated and there are several more photos in the gallery.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This morning I added the steel rims to the wheels which gave them some extra bulk. Prior to that they looked kind of puny. The yellow paintwork is kind of bright but that will all be toned down once I weather everything to make it look well used.
I've got the scene already put together in my head so once I get this wagon finished the other characters should start to show up. Naturally, a few sheep are involved.
As always, your comments are welcome.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
With the stirrup blanks cut out we can now carve and attach them. Guess what? WE’RE DONE! At least with the carving part. We still have to paint this cayuse. But before we do that we’ll put her in a scene which will add to her appeal when that buyer happens by. After that it’s on to the paint table.
Putting the final touches on the horse we move on to laying out and cutting the blanks for the stirrups.
Thursday, December 09, 2010
We’re moving along at a good clip now. Aiming to have this project complete before Christmas.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
As the title states, we wrap up the head part and attach it to the body. We’re are definitely cruising now!
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
So far it's looking pretty good. The next fun part will be constructing the undercarriage and the wheels. Once that's done it's on to the small details which will really flesh it out.
Lots of photos in the Gallery and your comments are welcome as always. Tomorrow I hope to finish up the horses's head.
Monday, December 06, 2010
The real reason that I'm posting this now is that I want it on record so as to force me to complete it. I know it will make a great setting for a scene once the sheepherder shows up along with all his necessities. Should be fun. I'll post some photos tomorrow if I can get the upper framework completed. As always any comments are welcome. And don't worry.......we're still going to complete that horse!
Friday, December 03, 2010
Carving the head will take a couple of videos to get it all in. This is a long one….about 40 minutes. In laying out the block I thought I had a good idea that would have helped in the glue up but it didn’t work out so will save that one till some other time. I show you another great book to have around when doing horses…here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Draw-Horses-Sam-Savitt/dp/0939481235. You can buy a new one or just pick up a used copy. I’ve bought the used ones before and have never been sorry. Saves quite a bit. Anyway, good luck with the head!