having seen recently some impressive horse carvings, in stone as well as in wood, i want try my hand at one too. since arabian horses are my favorites, i choose to carve an arabian mare, and want portrait the elegance, the grace, the power and strength and the free spirit i see in them. and, as i consider the work preparing the actual carving same important as the carving, i want this time document it more closely as it is often not shown and so way too often one jumps head over heels into a project without really knowing how it looks what is to be carved ….
the first step is gathering reference material, finding an actual model if possible… since i have no arabian mare to use as a model, and in my neighborhood also no one lives, the horse living here are huge, hannoveranian horses, very nice too, but they not have the spirit of freeness, wildness i want capture. so, my first step is to google images of arabian mares. i found one which is very close to what i was looking for, as well as others which i can use later for details,,, also, i have quite a number of books on horses in general, as well as images of statues with horses for inspiration, so i am now set with a solid foundation for informations on what i want carve….
the next step is to become acquainted with the topic. a drawing alone will give me not enough information i think … so, i decided to built a clay model, since this will be my first horse carving, and i am not much of a horse person, so i think it is better to work out all the problems first in clay. so, as those horses have rather thin legs, i needed think about how to support the clay, and that started the actual work…