Saturday, May 19, 2012
Red Horse - Finished!
The horse dance stick has a horse hair mane, a wire bit and leather reins and decorative strips front and back. These do a good job of hiding the large dowel that holds the shield to the body. I used a technique I used before on some lances to simulate fur on his hair wraps. After carving them I gave them a heavy coat of Mod Podge and then sprinkled on some fine gravel. Once dry I painted it a dark tan then emphasized the divisions with a darker brown and to finished it I dry brushed on some light tan. I think it looks pretty good and adds a lot of interest and texture to the piece. If you look at the large head feathers from the back you'll note some heavy texturing where they are tied together. For that I use acrylic modeling past, stippled on and then painted. I think it looks pretty good.
There are lots of photos in the gallery and I look forward to your comments.