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: Bronze horse with child

09-02-2015, 12:38 PM
I'm starting a new project and am going to post photos as I did before with the kudu. I've had two sittings with the clay so far. The first photo is the armature, right after that I applied clay on the same day. Second sitting was adding more clay and adjusting. This part of the process is usually a battle; me versus the vision. Putting on clay, taking away clay, adjusting armature, re-adjusting armature, cutting sections and stretching out or pushing together, etc., etc! My eye will tell me when something's not right, it'll make me feel very uncomfortable. Until I figure out what part of it isn't right, I'm uneasy; might end up leaving it for a while. Often fixing a problem causes another problem and fixing that problem causes another problem and so on. I'd like to chuck the clay out the window sometimes but that's when I go do something else. Perseverance and patience are a part of sculpting, at least it is with me. So the battle goes on and I know that fighting through this part will give me desired results. Isn't that true for everything worthwhile? Anyway, the vision is of a ranch horse being very patient with a young boy who is trying to climb up into the saddle. If the horse can be patient, so can I! Hahaha! As soon as I get the horse's conformation right, I'll work on musculature, etc., then the saddle, details on the horse an saddle, then the boy. I have a name for it and will reveal that when I'm done!

09-02-2015, 01:59 PM
I am going to love this! I already know it. Great start!

09-02-2015, 04:09 PM
Wow this is going to be an intricate piece with the young boy trying to get on him. I'm glad you are going to walk us through the process again.

09-02-2015, 04:37 PM
I already can see the facial expression of that patient old ranch horse! Love the near side ear keeping track of what is going on.

09-03-2015, 10:44 AM
Ever need to "rewet" the clay? You mentioned oil clay, one I've not used.

09-03-2015, 11:00 AM
Sorin, unlike a water-based clay, the clay I use needs no re-wetting since its oil based and never dries out. Water-based clay you can fire but an oil-based clay will melt when exposed to extremely high temps so the only thing you can do with it is to mold it or just leave it as a clay sculpture. I used water-based clays before and I know they need "watering"; I love the clay I use, I can put it away for months and forget about it, come back to it and still rework it. It's called Classic Clay but there are lots of other oil-based clays out there that are great, too...

12-31-2015, 07:01 AM
Very Nice :)

05-05-2017, 12:34 AM
As you told patience makes your art great, perfect and you can improve your skill easily if you have patience and now about your creativity your attempt was good. Keep it up.

05-22-2019, 07:48 PM
Iím sorry I didnt keep this thread going...I finished my clay and itís been in bronze for over three years now, LoL! Iím attaching a couple finished clay pics and bronze pics...

05-29-2019, 09:39 PM
Impressive work!

05-29-2019, 11:36 PM
Thank you; I shouldíve kept posting the progress but kept forgetting! Hopefully next time!