This is only a quick update to let you guys know I'm still ticking, life has been busy lately and work has been hard, things won't be calming down for a week or two yet so for now here's just a quick summary of what I've been working on:
- Jasper: progress has been made, I've been educating myself on equine anatomy which has really been more theroy work than practical, but as I've been putting a couple of things into practice I've found the theory work has really helped! It's just a matter of finding enough time to get to work on the big guy, but also having the space to work on him - see below bullet about the foal...
- Little One: more progress has been made on this model than with Jasper, due to the fact that this model is far more portable. I've spent a lot of time on trains lately and this little foal can be carried about along with all the tools and reference materials I need all in one bag, so I have been making far more progress on this one. I am starting to get to the point where I need to know more about anatomy - ah. Learning about horse anatomy is one thing, but it seems foals are far more than just taking the nrmal anatomy and making the legs longer! They are funny little creatures with near-impossible joints and muscles that can bend in surprising ways! I'm enlisting the help of my fellow RESS members, so fingers crossed this is one model that may well make it into resin form in the foreseeable future!
- Medallions: I received a rather enormous commission (we're talking hundreds rather than donzens) for one of my medallions. It will be adapted for the purpose in-mind and will make a great project! Once things have settled down soon, progress will be made on this one. I feel it could also make a great Christmas special too, watch this space!
- Another medallion has already been created (another adaptation sadly, I just haven't had enough time to dedicate to new ones which is really starting to bug me now, I feel a fresh new one bubbling up and wanting me to create it!), this medallion has gone off to be cast in clinky form! The lady I've been working with has been very kind (with my terrible time-keeping tendencies) to me and has also agreed to send me a couple of glazed copies of the finished article, which is very exciting, especially as one of those with be a realistic glazed one!! As a collector of medallions and a fan of clinkies, but as I've rarely got much moneyto put towards custom-glazed beauties, this is great news!
- Little Girl: from my earlier post you saw I had made a start on casting the little girl I had been working on as a companion for Jasper. I'm afraid there's been no progress with that recently, but she'll be "finding her legs" and also having her hair finished (she has no fringe) at some point. I don't feel rushed to finish her as Jasper still has a way to go yet.
One of the reasons for my pitiful lack of posts recently has been the Grand Designs Exhibition at Excel, in London. My company has a stand there and I am playing "expert" for people using my day-job skills as a Designer (architectural type stuff) to help with thteir designs. I was there all last weekend, and am there again all this weekend (including Bank holiday Monday), whilst still working full time 5 days a week (plus overtime). I don't want to moan as I love my job, but it has left me with very little spare time recently, and really cramped my creative style!
So there we are, a quick roundup of the last few months.
I hope to blog again in a couple of weeks once work has calmed down and I've had some sleep with a much better (photo-packed) blog!!