Sunday, January 30, 2022

Seeing spots

What do you do when NaMoPaiMo is less than thirty six hours away, and you're too tired to finish prepping your model? Gather references, of course! 

I am painting a leopard Appaloosa for this year's NaMoPaiMo. He will be loosely based on Reggie, who was one of my favorite horses at the Don K Ranch. 

The wonderful and funny thing about these first two photos is that I specifically took them as painting references. Even way back then, I knew I wanted to paint this pattern on a model horse.
Since extra angles are always helpful, I went through all my other Don K photos looking for Reggie. 
I think I have just enough information to lay out a realistic Reggie-ish pattern on my model.
Of course, none of these pictures have the kind of close up detail model horse painters' crave. For that, I'm enlisting Ace.
Ace is a leopard Appaloosa who lives at the same barn as Olive. He's turned out in the gelding field during the day, which means I have plenty of access to him and all his spotty details.
While my model will have Reggie's pattern, his hooves,
and hair will be all Ace.
Well, maybe not the tail. While this is a lot more interesting than Reggie's mostly white tail,  I'm not sure I can pull off. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.
It's been thirty two and a half years since I took those photos of Reggie, but now - finally! - I am ready to use them. NaMoPaiMo is a day away. I can not wait!


  1. Good luck, I dropped my NaMoPaiMo pony today, just after his last coat of primer had dried. It is back to prepping for me (after repairing) :(

  2. Sad! I have to finish the spray primer today and print reference photos.

  3. Thirty years! This gives my long term projects some much-needed hope. Isn't it wonderful when they finally come true --!!