This halter-type pose is appropriate for the trophy this piece will be used for (I can't say more about that yet, sorry). Normally, I do action pieces, and since he's a Grand Prix horse, I would've loved to do an action pose of him at work, but it was also interesting to work on a static pose for a change. I did manage to get some movement in his hair from an imaginary slight breeze. I like how this sculpture turned out, and the owner is very happy with it, yay!
The base under the horse will only be about 1/4" thick on the bronze. I had to build it up with Styrofoam boards to reach his feet because I didn't have pipes the right length to get his feet closer to the working surface. He will be mounted on walnut bases, both for the art edition and the trophy. The trophy base will be elegant and have enough brass plates for it to be awarded for 10 years.
In addition to the trophy, the owner ordered "take away" awards, so the winners have something to take home since this is a perpetual trophy. I'm still working on the relief for those awards, but I can show you "in progress" pictures of it. The sculpture on the take home awards is a relief, which I will cast myself in resin and finish to look like bronze.
This horse isn't fat - Grand Prix horses have monster abs due to the collected work they do. They lay on massive muscles all over their bodies, and their rumps actually change shape as the muscling builds, but the abdomen of a Grand Prix horse is surprising if you don't know what you're looking at. I've seen this kind of remodeling going on with my daughter, Jennifer Truett's, Grand Prix horse, Lafayette HQ ("Taffy"). He went from being very slender and lightly built to a muscular powerhouse who is sttil laying on Grand Prix muscles since he's only been doing GP less than a year. Eventually, he may look like Pik L. GP horses are the Arnold Schwarzenegger's of the equine world.
Anyway, that's my latest. What are you working on?