Bizkit is Lynn Schmidt's imported Baroque Pinto (half Friesian/half Dutch Warmblood) stallion. He's a handsome guy with a sweet personality. I really enjoyed getting to know him. Lynn lives about 40 miles from me, so I went to her farm and took videos, photos and measurements of Bizkit so I could do a really good commission. I do a lot of commissions from photos alone, but it's so much better for me to be able to take measurements and detail photos myself, so I get the information I really need.
I used Adobe Premiere Elements 11 to do freeze-frame image captures to get various pose pictures for this piece. Lynn had given me a beautiful shot by Cally Matherly that she wanted me to sculpt, but it's about a 7/8 front view and I need profile shots to get the measurements right, to get the leg angles right, etc. I found one of my pictures that was close to Cally's in pose and used that for the information I needed. The facial expression and mane position is totally from Cally's photo. (She gave permission for this use and will get photo credit on the bronze.)
This piece has taken me a really long time to sculpt because he's only half-Friesian, so his feathering is quite different from what I'm used to. I can do clean-legged horses, I can do horses with normal small feathers on their fetlocks, I can do Friesians, which means I could do Clydes, Vanners, Shires with no trouble. But Bizkit's light feathering gave me trouble. I would put feathers on, sculpt them until I thought they were right, and they were WRONG! To heavy, too dense, too Friesian. Not Bizkit. Finally, after much frustration, I came up with a way to do it that both looks like him and pleases me artistically. I'm REALLY happy with how he's turning out! He'll be finished very soon. I just have a bit of cleanup to do now. Progress photos are shown below. The piece of Styrofoam under him in the last "almost done" picture is to keep the clay I put under there as "ground" from being too thick. He's suspended just a little bit above that blue board and I will put the clay on top of the board to make the ground. I will ship him to the foundry with him suspended above the ground so the clay ground can't pull on his legs and possibly get them out of alignment. Marks on the ground will show the foundry where he is to be attached.
And there he is. Very little to do now to get him finished! YAY!