Archive for March, 2011

21
Mar
11

The Horseman Rides Again!

As promised, here’s a better photo of the Headless Horseman’s horse (he’s actually jet black, but the flash washed him out).  If you choose to believe the ghost story was just a hoax perpetrated by Brom Bones, then you can call this horse Daredevil.   This was my first horse doll as well as the first time I experimented with an armature.  There’s always room for improvement, but I think he came out pretty good.

I had plans to put a saddle on him, as well as a face plate and fancy reigns.  But in the end, I decided the Headless Horseman wouldn’t dress his steed in a bunch of fancy doodads.  And the saddle would be obscured by the rider anyway.  So what you get is a basic horse with just a bridle and reigns.  Below is a photo of the horse with his rider.  Check my last post for work in progress photos.

 

 

 

The Headless Horseman rides tall atop his demonic charger.

14
Mar
11

Daredevil work in progress

What’s a Headless Horseman without his horse?  When I was felting the spooky Hessian I planned to make him a trusty steed to ride, but wasn’t sure if I could actually do it.  The friend who designed the horseman for me decided I should handle designing the horse on my own.  I was a bit nervous at first, but I was determined (and encouraged) to do it.  So, here’s a shot of the finished horse (better photos in my next post) and below are some of the work in progress pictures.  Not too bad for my first horse.

Since the horse was going to have a rider, I needed to make an armature for support. This is the first time I ever worked with an armature.

Working with the needles around the wire proved challenging.

But the hard work paid off! I used dozens of horse photos for reference to get the musculature right.




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