Friesian/Saddlebred Custom – Part I

Friesian 06-18-12 Right

This little gal has been quite the learning curve so far. From epoxy that never hardened to bent legs, every time I thought I had her sorted out something new would pop-up.

I originally estimated a month for the whole sculpting and painting process on this one, which went out the window pretty quickly. I’d forgotten how quickly Murphy’s Law can derail a custom. :p

But now she’s almost there and it’s time to get some feedback from her owner-to-be!

NOTE: All of the photos here are enormous, so just click to see her several times life-sized.

Things I Know I Still Need to Fix

  • Finish removing the braid/forelock—gotta love the fact I didn’t notice that until I was taking photos! *sighs*
  • Refine front left hoof. This was the one that didn’t touch the ground and I needed to build up—I just need to define the cornet band a little better.
  • Maybe a little tweak to the nose, make it less flared? More of a roman nose? Hmm. *pokes horse*
  • Not sure if I should add feathering to the front of the hooves as well, doesn’t appear to be needed per the reference photos.
  • Smooth basecoat! *grin* (The plain white horse was impossible to photograph, so I started adding a bit of black to the gesso.)

Things I Might Need to Fix

  • Are the mane and tail fluffy enough?
  • More/Less Feathering?
  • Does the face look okay?
  • etc.? 😀
Friesian 06-18-12 Left
Friesian 06-18-12 Left
Friesian 06-18-12 Head Front
Friesian 06-18-12 Head Front
Friesian 06-18-12 Front
Friesian 06-18-12 Front
Friesian 06-18-12 Back Tail
Friesian 06-18-12 Back Tail
Friesian 06-18-12 Back Head
Friesian 06-18-12 Back Head
Friesian 06-18-12 Head Left (Needs Work)
Friesian 06-18-12 Head Left (Needs Work)
Friesian 06-18-12 Head Right Before Forelock
Friesian 06-18-12 Head Right Before Forelock
Friesian 06-18-12 Head Left Before Forelock
Friesian 06-18-12 Head Left Before Forelock

Martha Bechtel

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