My goal for this week was to completely finish Roundapony's customization and prepping, and I am pleased to report that I have met my goal!
Although the hunter clip was the clear winner of the Hair or Bare? poll, I ended up going with the second choice blanket clip. The hair is made from "messo" which is a mix of modeling paste and gesso. This was my first time sculpting with messo, and I am mostly pleased with the results. The unclipped areas are definitely textured but they're not super choppy.
I used two of Laura Skillern's braiding tutorials to craft Roundapony's fat little dressage braids. This was another new technique for me, and again, I'm happy with the end product.
Just for fun, here's a quick collage showing the work I've done on Roundapony to date. He's had an eventful couple of months!
So now it's on to the paintwork, which presents a whole new series of decisions. Mainly--what color should Roundapony be and what medium should I used to paint him? I'm leaning towards dark bay tobiano, but perhaps just plain bay would be better? And should I stick to pastels which I basically understand or should I try oils? So many things to consider!