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Well, she's finished in all her flawed glory.  Still need lots of practice with horses I think, but many thanks to all those who helped me get this one as good as it is.  For a guy who can't draw stick figures, I reckon I'm doin ok...

Made this with some of that older Tandy leather like I have in the "for sale leather and lace" section, conditioned with some beeswax/neatsfoot oil blend I've made.  Mahagony dye and antique, Tan Kote resist and Resolene top coat.  9 oz outside, 5 oz inside.  Heavy Fil Au Chinois Brique linen thread.

I'll probably put this one for sale, anyone have any idea what a tooled padfolio goes for these days?

YinTx

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I like it. You did a nice job.

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Thank you, @Rohn, I appreciate it!

YinTx

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Very nice work.

 

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6 hours ago, Scoutmom103 said:

Very nice work.

 

Thanks so much, @Scoutmom103!

YinTx

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Looks great, but I am wondering about the horse's eye, does that need some colour or some tooling to show the eyeball better? The horse looks blind.

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Yin...once again you are being too hard on yourself!   Looks mighty fine to me\

\Ross

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3 hours ago, Rockoboy said:

Looks great, but I am wondering about the horse's eye, does that need some colour or some tooling to show the eyeball better? The horse looks blind.

I tried to follow @yaklady's tutorial on horse eyes, not that I did as well as her, but I tried.  I think maybe since there is no distinction of a pupil, it seems like a blind eye.  But, in general, you don' see the white of the horse's eye very often, and the pupil is difficult to distinguish.  I could have perhaps added a bit of dye to make the eye all dark, and tried to give it a white highlight as though there were a reflection off of a shiny round object, would make it seem more alive.  I haven't done a lot of eyes per se, so lots of room for experimenting and improvement for sure!

1 hour ago, Rossr said:

Yin...once again you are being too hard on yourself!   Looks mighty fine to me\

\Ross

Appreciate that Ross!

YinTx

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1 hour ago, YinTx said:

lots of room for experimenting and improvement for sure!

I hope I have not steered you wrong. I think this is an exceptional piece of art, the likes of which I can only dream of doing. The eye is just one small thing that I noticed.

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7 minutes ago, Rockoboy said:

I hope I have not steered you wrong. I think this is an exceptional piece of art, the likes of which I can only dream of doing. The eye is just one small thing that I noticed.

Not at all, and thanks for the compliment!

1 hour ago, spacedog said:

Nicely done.

Thank you kindly!

YinTx

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Mighty fine stitching, great carving, excellent burnishing on the visible edges and nice colouring. What's not to like? Great job that!

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Wish I could do horses that well. I sell mine for 150

 

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On 3/10/2019 at 3:05 PM, Riem said:

Mighty fine stitching, great carving, excellent burnishing on the visible edges and nice colouring. What's not to like? Great job that!

Thanks!  I stressed about the coloring a lot.  I really want to learn to do highlighting with dye, but haven't managed it yet.  As much as I wanted to do that here, I couldn't stomach ruining the entire piece lol.

10 hours ago, Colt W Knight said:

Wish I could do horses that well. I sell mine for 150

 

Appreciate the comment and the info, Colt.

YinTx

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Yin- great job on the stitching- and edges from my untrained eyes! The horse neck is stretched but its a matter of perspective- as I cant do ANY of these things right now- no complaints from me- its a good showing of skill to boot!

"Only draw stick figures" you say... riiiight- google "leonardo da vinci horse sketches" for a good character study in necks, shoulders and perspectives on horse "lines" It may help you some with angles and perspective. Just a thought.

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3 hours ago, SilverForgeStudio said:

google "leonardo da vinci horse sketches"

What a fantastic idea, why didn't I think of that!??  Thanks!

 

3 hours ago, SilverForgeStudio said:

Only draw stick figures

yeah, and couldn't ever even do that well either lol.  :blush:

3 hours ago, SilverForgeStudio said:

Yin- great job on the stitching- and edges

Thank you much!

YinTx

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