Friday, January 17, 2014

Umbra again!


Still working on Umbra (see his broken forelock? Half-baked Super Sculpey is fragile!), but he's getting very close!

I'm starting a list of email addresses for those who would like to receive an email when I release him--send your address to me (maggie@maggiebennett.com) if you'd like to be on that list! I will be doing a limited number of pre-orders on him. That information will come out in the next week or so, I just want to have him very close to being finished before I start selling at all. The pre-orders will be $230 plus shipping/handling, which is $15 in the USA, $40 otherwise). His release price may be different; I still don't have a quote on his base because I haven't designed it yet!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Umbra and Facebook


I'm clearly not very good at updating this blog! One reason is that it's just a bit more work than, say, putting pictures on Facebook. Not a lot, mind, but a little--and since I'm on Facebook anyway, coming over here isn't something I remember often! I'm still going to try to, but in the meantime, I've been posting a lot on my studio Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/maggiebennettsculpture, including progress photos of this new sculpture, Umbra. He's not nearly done, but I just love how he's turning out so far!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mirrors

I'm working on version 2 of Trenzado, and that means resculpting the other side of his face since his hair will not be covering it (I actually did sculpt it originally and then covered it with hair, though I didn't fully detail it out with wrinkles and whisker bumps and everything). Since I'm doing v2 from a resin cast, there's no way to recover any of that detail so it all has to be rebuilt.

Of course faces are pretty much symmetrical, which is always a bit of a challenge. Here's what I do:





A mirror! This one conveniently stands on its own and came from IKEA but they're available everywhere (you probably already have one). A hand mirror works ok, and is what I used until recently, but this makes it a bit easier to sculpt while looking at the other side. Getting the lighting just right, so both sides are lit evenly, can be a bit of a challenge, but it's doable.

And yep, standard messy desk and references in the background.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Trenzado is now available!





I'm just about typed out, so I'm going to keep this brief--Trenzado is available now! He's going to be an edition of about 100 in this version (there will be a second version with a different mane) plus 20 or so artist's proofs, depending on how his molds hold up. Lots of pictures and ordering information at http://maggiebennett.com/trenzado.htm

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Trenzado

I have seriously neglected this blog, mostly because I've just been so busy making horses! My latest sculpture was just finished last week and is already at MVS being molded. You can see (and order) him at http://maggiebennett.com/trenzado.htm

I'm really looking forward to getting the first resins of him, which if all goes well will be in just a few weeks! I'm spending those weeks trying to finish everything else that needs to be done so that when he comes in I might be able to paint one or two in time for Breyerfest.

Speaking of Breyerfest, I'm going to have a booth (along with Morgen Kilbourn) in the Covered Arena! Do stop by and see me if you're going to be there! I'll have resins, micro minis, and all sorts of goodies!

In the meantime, back to cleaning and shipping Superluminas and finishing commissions! :-) I'll try and get a post with some sculpting or painting tips up here soon.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Superlumina is now available!


I just realized I haven't posted here since October--bad Maggie! I have just been unbelievably busy with a number of project--from paint work commissions, to finishing Superlumina, to a number of other commissions.

One of those other projects is now available for purchase: a Bantam scale Secretariat edition, sculpted by me and each painted by Caroline Boydston! They're pretty darn neat, if I say so myself, and available at http://secretariatcom.stores.yahoo.net/little-big-red-figurine.html  There's going to be a Zenyatta one too, in the same scale, and they are pretty awesome as well. I'm not sure when those will be available for sale to the public, but the first few were released at Zenyatta's Breeder's Cup party.


My biggest thing lately, though, has been Superlumina: http://www.maggiebennett.com/superlumina.htm. I released her (first to Supernova purchasers, and then to everyone) and just got the first resins in, cleaned up, and ready to ship out (yep, the first eight should be shipping to their owners tomorrow, if all goes well). And I have to say, the response to her has been phenomenal. She's already about half sold out. Personally I can't wait until I have a bit of time so I can paint one for myself, though I don't know if that time is ever going to come! I'm going to be painting a number of them as commissions as well, so that will be fun.

Back to working on a base to put Supernova at the same level as Superlumina!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Just keep working...

I've been sort of obsessing over Superlumina here--just dragging myself away to work on other projects! I have a number of commissions that need to get finished, so they are top priority, but in between I just keep poking at her and adjusting things. I fixed some of the muscling in her neck, changed her nose, and pinned her ears back. I also made a lot of changes to her tail over the weekend, though neither tail nor mane are nearly finished. I've got plenty of detailing to do, too--right now, areas like her hindquarters have texture, but it's not the final finish, just something to work over the top of.