It's time I shared something from the very early stages onward again. This is 1:9 scale and I started on Saturday so he's pretty premature.
Ever since I stumbled across this one particular Scythian horse sculpture (sorry but I can't find it anymore!) have I been getting this hankering to do a chariot horse or one similar to what you see on the Greek and Roman reliefs and statues that still survive today. These are different eras and the horses are each a bit different in significant ways (build and use), so I spent more time trying to find a theme that fit what I was picturing.
First I spent a great deal of time studying greek amphoras (click that link to see a really inspiring array of those!)
Then I began stumbling across coins. Coins of all sorts of eras, with a similar theme. Similar to that of conquerors mounted on steeds.
I have more to say on the subject but I want to do this in stages with pictures for now! I will start with where I'm at after a day or so of work (not a full day yet either). ;) I've gotten a ton of new sculpting media and toys lately and have been tinkering all over the place with old abandoned sculptures (most recently I FB shared a # of the Friesian foal). This guy I'm more motivated to bring to life this spring (hopefully by summer!). With a great deal of other things on my plate he is taking a backburner. That said, I'm also forcing myself to sculpt for at least 1-2hrs a day (the duration of a tv show).. so that I don't get 'bookeeping burnout' where I realize I've gone weeks without sculpting.
Must feed the muse.
So first quickly to see what I was getting jazzed about... here are some wikimedia commons tetradrachms.
http://rosenblumcoins.com/files/img/39e/087.jpg is echoed thousands of different ways over the centuries as seen by a general search for "horse + ancient +coin"
My fella is pretty pretty thin still but I am adding slowly. I want him more of the racing type. Robust but long legged and regal. Not a heavy northern war horse but a light fast horse. That's enough babble for now (over a sculpture I've hardly started!). ;) Enjoy;
Not bad for a start (I'm not complimenting myself, I feel like a lot came together fast here!). I am dabbling with nick naming this fella Tetrad. I fear that Tetris , while fun, is (a) very Russian and (b) very very copyrighted. ;) I'll try to rememeber to share this one more frequently here as it's a lot easier to document the evolution! :D
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Wrapping up the weekend this is where I'm leaving off. Not sure if "ommph" being added. I plan other things to happen before he's done so I'll have some time to think on this. No rush! He's sat around in my head for long enough! ;)