Sculpting the horse on location...

Sculpting the horse ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy

Since winning first place for sculpture and purchase award at the Best & Brightest Show at Scottsdale Artists School, I received another scholarship to study a workshop of my choice this year. Choosing was indeed difficult as there are so many wonderful instructors. I settled on Rod Zullo's sculpting the horse workshop as my goal this year was to learn more wildlife and followed nicely with the scholarship to the Sandy Scott bird workshop that I enjoyed last year. 

This sculpture was taught with the first day in classroom working on armature building followed by three days of sculpting on location with horses and the final day back in the studio for some refining.

I was using Jmac Classic clay tan in medium and firm. We sculpted at an amazing estate outside of Scottsdale, Arizona that included champion Arabians and Lusitanos. We were treated to some expert riding demonstrations also which really helped me study the forms and bodies of these magnificent animals.

While I often work in a more ecorche style when sculpting the human form, I was very interested in learning another style of sculpting which relies more on the eye and spacial relationships and blocking in a silhouette form before rounding out of the figure of the horse.

I used the tan version of the clay because I find that it is easier for my eye to see the forms and it was a clay that I already had in my studio. The rest of the class used the same clay in a dark brown color. In the hot desert sun the light-colored clay was much less susceptible to sagging and over-softening than the dark clay, allowing me to work in the sun with the horses longer than the other sculptors who had to retreat to the shade of the barn to continue working. 

Rod Zullo was another excellent and generous instructor and I learned a lot about the horse, sculpting and art in general. This piece is approximately 20-22" in length and as it wasn't possible to finish it entirely I have arranged to have it shipped via UPS from Scottsdale to my studio in norther Colorado to complete. Fingers crosses that it survives the trip - I'll post photos of the unboxing when it arrives.

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