Saturday, April 17, 2021

Favorite Artist Series - Model Animal Artist Karla Zdroik


Karla is a talented artist and sculptor. She does some of the most amazing animal sculptures, as well as customizing model dogs, cats, horses, etc. and painting animals as well.

I have known Karla for several years online, but have never met her in person - again, one of those artists I hope to meet someday. 

Here are some of her amazing pieces: 

The dog was made from this cat figurine! 

This is sculpted on a ROCK!

I have managed to get several pieces from Karla over the years, and I love all of them. 

My favorite of course being the sculpture she did of my beloved HEARTCREST SEMINOLE WIND (aka Bria)

I have several other dogs and goodies too: 

You can check out her artwork at:  

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Little Rider Doll Making Challenge March 2021 - A Failed Attempt


The Little Rider Doll Making Challenge invites model horse hobbyists of all abilities to create a rider, driver or handler during the month of June. The project can be of any scale. 

 There are no prizes. Your completed rider of handler is your reward. 

Make it FUN and be kind and helpful.  Nothing is more discouraging than negative criticism. This is a safe place. Everyone starts somewhere! There are NO dumb questions.
1) Decide on your project
2) Post a pic in the "Project Album" and make a statement about what you are doing
3) when done, place a photo of your finished work in the "I did it" album.

I am doing 2 Stablemate 1:32 scale dolls - the male will be a judge and holding a clipboard and the female I hope to make into Ahsoka Tano! 

And as of March 15, 2021 I have been putting off working on these because I am having an ADHD moment of they will never be good enough. 

I never completed my Little Rider Doll challenge - I did get the judge's arm's moved but that is about all I did. 

I think I psyched myself out and made this challenge far more challenging than it really was. I got into my head and really stressed myself out to the point I couldn't look at the two dolls and complete them. 

I think instead of letting myself just go with the experience - I was watching all of the other challengers actually making clothes and doing other things and I let myself listen to that nasty voice in my head that tells me that I am not doing the right thing. 

There was no rules about dressing dolls, but just completing one. I will post another blog when I complete them and I will try again next time, because I do want to complete one in a month's time under the challenge criteria. 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Favorite Artist Series - Model Horse Artist Shauna McDaniel


Shauna McDaniel runs Epic Fail Studios - aka Glittertastophes by that Canadian. Like Sara Gifford, she is one of the most amazing fantasy artists. 

While I have not met her in person, I have chatted to her online for some time now. She is very helpful and supportive, as well as talented. She is always willing to share her insights on customizing  and help a person out with hints, compliments, sarcasm and humor. This earned her a NaMoPaiMo Champion of the Day in February 2021. 

Her fantasy models have some of the most vibrant and wonderful customizing and colors. 

Breyer SM ASB, Abbey Inc wings and finish work by Shauna

Carla Baker? Medallion - finishwork by Shauna

Breyer Classic Draft - finishwork by Shauna

Kitty Cantrell Resin - finishwork by Shauna

Kylee Parks medallion - finishwork by Shauna

Kitty Cantrell Resin - finishwork by Shauna

I did own a piece by Shauna, but sadly had to sell it due to life circumstances a couple of years ago. I hope to be able to commission her one of these days for another piece. Check out her page and enjoy the fun things she "fails" at doing!