Escape Velocity (Custom Breyer Stablemate Warmblood)

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Escape Velocity

Have a desk or a bookshelf that is in desperate need of some physics-inspired bay awesomeness? Then look no further, this little gal is here to save the day!

It’s been a long time since I painted a realistic Stablemate that wasn’t a custom order, so I decided to pull a New Year’s Resolution and get some of the folks in the body box into some less Fantastic clothes.

This little gal is named after Terminal Velocity, a favorite micro-warmblood from my home herd and I really debated putting her up to Etsy. But I’m learning to embrace the fact that anything I can paint once, I can probably paint even better a second time… so off to the races she goes!

Escape Velocity is a solid dark seal bay with only a small star on her forehead. I was going to add a little more of chrome, maybe a cornet band or two, but she was just too handsome to meddle with once the basecoat was done. She has glossed eyes and nostrils, her breyer logo was removed and her seams sanded. There were some seams on her mane and tail that would have required resculpting to fix, so those are still there (and visible in the photos).

She is probably Photo Show Quality (PSQ), but she is not Live Show Quality (LSQ). Velocity was painted with the aim of being a kickass shelf-piece,  and she’s sure to rock whatever bookcase she ends up on! 🙂

One of my self-dares for the new realistic horses was to use only craft paints and zero pastels. I am trying to come up with a series of ‘How To Paint X’ and I’m aiming for the folks without a crazy crafting horde. I cheated a little when I pulled out the Prismacolor pencils for the hooves, but I figure that’s not too crazy a splurge.

Medium: Gesso, FolkArt Acrylics (944 Nutmeg, 476 Asphaltum, 504 VanDyke Brown, 425 Medium Gray, 2932 Steel Gray), Apple Barrel Acrylics (20258 Melted Chocolate),  and Prismacolor Pencils (1072 French Grey 50%, 1074 French Grey 70%)

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