2016 was a complicated year in many ways. In this summary, I only want to look at main events in my studio and some positive thoughts about it. (Polish text below)
This year I designed some toy horses and ponies for the toy company Mojo Fun. The 3 models that will be included in their 2017 so far are Shire, Welsh Pony and the Friesian Mare. I'm happy with the positive response these models received when they were presented to toy collectors. I think I had most fun designing the Shire, as heavy draft horses models are probably my favourites types of sculptures to work on.
Thank you for reading this and I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year 2017!!!
Krótkie podsumowanie roku 2016 w studiu Horse and Bird
Rok 2016 był skomplikowany pod wieloma wzgledami, lecz w tym podsumowaniu chciałabym skupić się na pozytywnych aspektach oraz na głównych wydarzeniach w moim studio :)
W tym roku zaprojektowałam kilka zabawek dla firmy Mojo Fun. Jak dotąd do ich oferty na 2017 rok zostały włączone 3 modele wyrzeźbione przeze mnie: koń Shire, kuc Welsh A oraz klacz Fryzyjska. Największą frajdę miałam z projektowania Shire, chyba mam słabość do cięzkich ras pociągowych i najprzyjemniej mi się nad nimi pracuje.
Miałam dwie okazje uczestniczenia w pokazach, tza Live Shows. Szczególnie miło wspominam poznanie bardzo entuzjastycznych kolekcjonerek i kolekcjonerów oraz zobaczenie na zywo wielu pięknych modeli. Mam nadzieję powtórzyć to w przyszłości. Myślę że zobaczenie tylu różnych modeli daje nowe spojrzenie na to hobby.
Nauka to długi proces...
Poznawanie końskiej anatomii i biomechainki to podstawa do tego by pracować nad rzeźbami tych zwierząt. Jest to jednak bardzo szeroki temat i czasem mam wrażenie, że nie mogę już nic więcej upakować do głowy. Za każdym razem gdy czytam nowy artykuł lub książkę widzę też, że jest jeszcze wiele do zrozumienia. Mimo że jest tego dużo to nauka sprawia też dużą frajdę, myślę że wielu z Was ma podobnie, prawda? :)
Niezwykle pomocna okazała się nowa książka którą kupiłam początkiem roku, "Anatomia i fizjologia w treningu koni" autorstwa Gillian Higgins. Mam zamiar zdobyć też inne części z tej serii. Książkę gorąco polecam dla zainteresowanych tematem! Ma Świetne ilustracje i przystępne opisy. Zadomowił się u mnie też bardzo pomocny model "Captain Twiggy" (Kapitan Gałązka), takie imie nadałam modelowi szkieletu konia z firmy Skilcraft. Na pewno Kapitan pomoże mi jeszcze nie raz ;)
Niedokończone projekty i nowy rok 2017
Zaczęłam też parę koni, owcę oraz małą dioramkę które wciąż czekają na dokończenie. Nie wiem które z nich uda mi się sfinalizować, mam nadzieję że większość.
W rok 2017 wkraczam na jednej nodze bo zaraz po świętach złamałam sobie kostke. Mimo to mam nadzieję, że nie powstrzyma mnie to przed dokończeniem kilku projektów i zaczęciem nowych.
Dziękuję że tu zaglądacie i życzę Wam bardzo dobrego, szczęśliwego Nowego Roku 2017!!!
The first BMEC show in The Netherlands took place in Pijnacker on 19th November 2016.
It was a great experience to be on that show, to see many beautiful model horses and to talk to other passionate collectors. It was a second time in my life when I attended an event like that. The first time was also this year, in May.
Seeing so many nice models was very inspiring. I loved watching the performance classes, the miniature tack, Arabian costumes and other elements, all done with great precision. I loved to see, in Arabian costume classes, how wonderfully the colours of the costumes complement the horse colours and beauty.
Showing own figurines was also fun! I took 16 equine models with me, mainly artist resins but also one custom. And, it was very nice to see they scored well. Some of my works have earned the BMEC cards, I'm quite proud of it! I wrote all details about my models' scores in the description under the last bunch of photos. Another nice thing about showing models in this kind of event was the requirement of giving a show name to all of them. So now, all my favourite models from my collection have official names, and I'm quite happy about that. Also, I won a Breyer model in the raffle, the Christmas edition model, so I'll unpack it during holidays in December.
Now, I can't wait for the next LS, hopefully, I'll be able to finish some of the horses that still await the paintwork.
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(Polish text below)
Dnia 19tego Listopada 2016 w miejscowości Pijnacker odbył się pierwszy w Holandii show z klasyfikacjami BMEC, co jest brytyjskim odpowiednikiem amerykańskiego NAN.
Było niezwykle miło uczestniczyć w tej wystawie, zobaczyć wiele pięknych modeli koni i porozmawiać z miłymi kolekcjonerami i kolekcjonerkami. To był drugi raz w moim życiu kiedy miałam okazję brać udział w czymś takim. Pierwszy raz był również w tym roku, w maju.
Szczególnie inspirujące i zachwycające były klasy performace, czyli miniaturowe scenki jeździeckie, zazwyczaj odwzorowujące prawdziwe dyscypliny sportowe, lub scenki z pastwiska i tym podobne. Klasa kostiumów Arabskich była także ciekawa, te dekoracyjne rzędy bardzo ładnie wydobywają urodę modeli. Zachwycał dobór kolorów, bardzo często pięknie podkreślających maść konia.
Oczywiście pokazywanie własnej kolekcji jest także miłym przeżyciem. Zabrałam ze sobą 16 koniowatych (nie tylko koni, bo mam też zebrę i onagera), głównie były to modele żywiczne, ale załapał się też jeden Breyer custom. Spisały się całkiem dobrze i niektóre z nich zdobyły karty BMEC, z czego przyznaję że jestem dumna! Do tego, udało mi się wylosować nowy model na loterii charytatywnej, jest to świąteczny model Breyera, więc odpakuję go dopiero w czasie świąt. W opisie pod zdjęciami możecie zobaczyć które z moich modeli najlepiej sobie poradziły ;)
Po takim wydarzeniu jak to nabrałam energii do nowych projektów, było to inspirujące doświadczenie. Nie mogę już doczekać się następnej wystawy jak ta i mam nadzieję dokończyć do tego czasu kilka czekających na kolor figurek.
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Breyer custom won first place in "Part Breed Arabian Custom" class, Snegir won first places in "Other Breed AR" and "Other Grey colour" classes, he was chosen as vice reserve champion of subdivision "Light Breeds AR". My Zebra won first place in "Horse related animals AR" and she was chosen Reserve Champion in "Wild Horse and Horse Related Animals" subdivision. Onager was second in "Horse related animals AR". The silver bay horse (which is Achille, sculpted by Harriet Knibbs, painted by me, show name King Creole) was second in "Other draft breed AR" class and also second in "Other realistic colours" class. Brabant horse Cumulonimbus (show name Wun Wun) scored well in colours, he was second in "Other grey" class. Arabian mare was 3rd in "Dapple Grey colour" and Haflinger Altocumulus was 3rd in "Pony's AR" class.
Arriving late afternoon, I came just on time to see mares and foal presentation, stallions presentation, champion of the day and the final parade. Most horses were presented in traditional braids and bows. I liked the colour choices of the bows, I think owners really did their best to find a colour combination that suits the shade of their horse's fur. Also, they put a lot of effort into making the feathers on the horse's legs completely white.
Despite the fact that it was a new place for all of these Shires, with a lot of visitors and horses unknown to them, most of them confirmed an opinion about The Shire being "gentle giants" and were very calm. Some others, however, seemed somewhat excited but luckily everything was going fine and safely for people and animals.
About 5pm the final parade of all of the horses together began. The big black mare was chosen the best Shire horse bred in The Netherlands. This mare won a lot of titles that day too. She has a striking concave profile, lovely neck and beautiful confirmation, typical for a Shire horse. You can see her among the horses in the video and on the first picture below.
Some horses were also presented under saddle. Riders were wearing interesting historical costumes or traditional English costumes.
It was fantastic to see these animals from so close and the show was very interesting. I surely hope to see Shires again in future :)
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The last few months, whole summer actually, was very busy time for me. I had several toy designs to accomplish. Most of them are ready and sent last week, what makes me quite happy and now I wait to see how will they look when painted and produced in plastic.
Meanwhile, I also received a very nice package from the toy company for which I design animal models (Mojo Fun aka Animal Planet). In the package, I found the toy versions of animals I designed in the last 2 years and it is very nice feeling to see how the final product looks and feels like! That's exciting for me every time :)
They were mostly cattle and horses but also the sitting baby rhino. I also got some extras from Mojo, including a gift for my son - the golden dragon model and two lovely models for my own collection: the new lion male and the dalmatian dog.
Few comments about them. Mojo now produces their models from new kind of plastic, which is nice quality and in my opinion is an improvement compared to the old one. It's more durable, a bit softer and it doesn't break easily. Also, many models are painted using some new (for this company) techniques and I like the effect, especially on spotted models!
I'm especially pleased with Dalmatian dog model, it is in scale 1:12 so it will work perfectly as a friend for Willem (resin Comtois horse in Classic scale).
My husband likes the sitting rhino best and he even took one to his workplace, haha.
The favourite of my son is, of course, the golden dragon. Golden is his favourite colour and dragons generally are inspiring. Dragon became a best friend of the King Without The Castle from my son's collection ;)
Another news in a toy theme for me is a special kinetic sand. This kind of sand is meant mostly for little kids as a home version of normal sand. Contrary to normal sand it doesn't make much mess because it doesn't scatter (it is more like wet sand but not exactly), it sticks to itself but not to other materials and it doesn't dry out. It is also perfect for simple diorama-like setup for photos. It is already known in the model horse hobby from some time as a good base for miniature show scenes.
I had fun using it to make a small diorama scenes for my horse models and other figures and then photographing it. I used old calendar photos as a background for these scenes. I know it is rather popular practice in the hobby but I didn't try it before. You can see photo of the setup and some of the effects here:
My conclusion is it is really nice to play with the models this way and I probably need more fences and/or other diorama elements for future sessions.
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Going outdoor with my mini grey Brabant horse.
It's way too long without writing anything on my blog. I decided it's time to reactivate it after a long silence. Summer is always the most inspiring time of the year for me so it's easier to write something now.
Two weeks ago, before I left for holidays, a package from Germany arrived. It was a grey Brabant horse painted by a friend of mine, talented artists Jeannie from Phoenix Ranch. The Brabant is the model I sculpted this year, it's a 1:32 scale and the mould's name is Cumulonimbus. This grey one got the new name, though, it's Wun Wun.
Of course, I took the model with me, he trotted in all lovely places we visited in Ireland. Hope he enjoyed as much as we do. ;)
When we came back home I put the little halter on his head. The halter was also made by Jeannie. It's really a mystery to me how such tiny halter can be made with such precision. Wun Wun joined my collection, you can see him with my other mini AR horses on the shelve.
Wonderful cliffs, silent moors, wide beaches, magnificent waterfalls, majestic ocean, isn't that island too beautiful to be real? We came back home just yesterday but I already miss the beauty of Ireland. A photo of Sliabh Liag Cliffs for your enjoyment. ;)
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Last weekend I had a chance to visit lovely Oostvaardersplassen. It is a Nature Reserve Park in The Netherlands in province Flevoland. The park is inhabited by many interesting animals, amazing diversity of bird species, for example white tailed sea eagles and European Spoonbills, and also number of big mammals including a herd of Konik horses. They live here in semi wild conditions. They are not afraid of humans so it's relatively easy to come quite close to them and photograph. As I learned later - this herd of Koniks is one of the first introduced to the nature parks outside Poland.
They behaved very naturally and they seemed to ignore humans almost completely. It was really inspiring for me, I love observing natural behaviour of horses for example mutual grooming or playful "fights". I was also amazed by the diversity of shades within the grullo colour. Konik horses cannot be bay dun - bay gene do not occur in the breed, so even the ones that appear more "beige" in shade must be actually sun bleached grullos.
For me it was really heart warming to see familiar Konik horses. The breed originally comes from Poland, they were bred to resemble real Tarpans. In Poland koniks are sometimes used as working horses especially as riding ponies for kids or light adults. I knew more than few working koniks and they are really hard to forget - each one had amazing personality, they are so smart and extravert it's almost possible to hear them talking or laughing at you! ;D
Ijmuiden is just about 1 hour drive from the place I live. So I decided to go and see this event with one of my friends, and my son and my husband. We surely did not regret!
We arrived about 5PM on Ijmuiden beach. The competition was supposed to start about 6PM but we had to wait longer because the competitors needed certain part of the beach to be under water, they waited for the surge. So we walked around and looked at fantastic Tinker horses. I was more then happy! They were really gorgeous: long manes, beautiful eyes, friendly faces - truly amazing creatures. We couldn't wait to see these horses in action. Finally around 7pm the sea level was high enough and the competition started. It was almost sunset so the lighting and the sky was also very beautiful. I think the photos and a short video will tell you more! :)
Tapiroslav was all the time surprising us with his funny ideas and positive attitude even in harder moments (like standing more than a few hours in traffic jam in our way home :P )
Hope he will want to travel with us the next time too.
On the map you can see where the photos were taken.
Tapiroslav says "thank you for looking here"!
Fun fact about Mountain tapirs: they communicate by producing shrill bird-like whistles... :-)
*Learn more about Mountain tapirs on ARKive
The species is classified as endangered (EN) by the IUCN Red List 2007
In 2014 I spend some time designing toy horses for the company Mojo Fun (sold also as Animal Planet products) . I sculpted 2 models of horses of two breeds (Tinker and Orlov Trotter) and two Shetland ponies (mare and foal). It is slowly becoming a tradition for me that after finishing sculpting the horse models for this company I try to paint each of them to another colour version, just for fun and to see how they would look in different colours.
Tinker Mare I've decided for chestnut sabino for the Tinker mare and I thought the big white marking on the face may and a flaxen mane will suit her as well. The original toy model is a black tobiano, the most recognisable colour for Tinkers. I wanted to paint something a bit more unusual.
Orlov Trotter Here I had rather easy choice because the original toy model is dark steel grey. Therefore I could just paint the whitish grey version which I really wanted to see in a model of this particular breed. Also, I'm really happy I could sculpt Orlov Trotter toy. I think it was very interesting choice made by the brand. I don't remember any available toy representing this interesting and pretty breed of horses. Now, I wish I would be able to craft the miniature traditional Russian red bridle for this horse. On the third photo you see the Orlov Trotter stallion with another model, it's Arabian mare in foal I sculpted for Mojo for their 2014 line, here you see my version painted in flea beaten grey which is my favourite shade of grey, especially for Arabians :D
Shetland ponies mare with foal I decided to try two colour versions for each of these figures. Mares are painted into bay with so called pangaré gene and another mare is supposed to be chestnut tobiano. Foals are palomino and bay tobiano. The Shetland foals are my son's favourite figures. I must say they are quite playable ;) We have spend some time building little scenery with doll house furniture and taking photos. You can see the effects here above ^.
I sculpted also cattle for the Mojo 2015 and I'm considering painting them as well. If you would like to share suggestions for the cattle colours, please write. They are Simmental cow and Texas Longhorn bull. It would be great to see some suggestions for these two :) Oh, and one more photo, where you can see the horses sculpted for 2014 and 2015 all together, let's say it's a family portrait. Comments, questions and advices are welcome. Thank you for looking here :)
About this blog :
This blog is about my collection of miniature animal models (toys and not only) and about my artworks (mainly small scale animalistic sculptures). Some posts will also be about real animals, equestrian sport and more.
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