Horses - Take Two!

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Project by Chris Mobley posted 03-06-2013 02:53 PM 1623 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks back, I did a horse project for a customer. She sent over a picture of a painting hanging on her wall and wanted a piece done of this painting. I absolutely loved the picture that she sent over and was extremely excited to start this project.

There is a few ways that I could have done this project for my customer 1) Making the pieces follow the musculature of the horse’s body or 2) Having the pieces follow the shading in the picture. I decided to do this piece with option two in having the pieces follow the shading. Both the customer and I were very pleased with how this turned out. The pictures just don’t do the finished product justice.

One of my other customers saw this finished project and wanted one of their own. Instead of doing exactly the same as the other one though, they instead wanted it done with the pieces following the musculature of the horses. I took the same image and created a new design. I was worried that the horses would blend into each other too much, so I decided to use two different colors of wood to help differentiate the horses from each other and their surroundings. I also did the horse’s mane differently in this project. The fished product of this new project turned out exactly as I had hoped. I was striving for a silhouette style look and I believe I achieved my goal.

I enjoy being able to take a photograph of something and doing so many different styles with it. I guess it is all in the way that I interpret a photograph and translate it into wood.

I hope that I get to do another piece such as this soon because I truly enjoyed the experience.

-- Chris Mobley -

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#1 posted 03-06-2013 03:01 PM

Nice work, Chris.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 03-06-2013 03:10 PM

Great work. Thanks for showing and explaining the two different approaches using the same picture. Both look look great. You have really captured the musculature in this work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 03-06-2013 03:28 PM

Thank you!

-- Chris Mobley -

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#4 posted 03-06-2013 03:30 PM

While both of your pieces look great, this piece look far nicer to me. The horses are much clearer and defined in this approach.

It is nice to be able to see your two different ideas for the same subject take life – thanks!


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#5 posted 03-06-2013 03:34 PM

Looks great Chris. I like the two different tones of wood. The mane looks great.
One small criticism…hope you don’t mind. It looks like there are still mill marks in the surface from the photo reflections. A little more sanding??? Or is it just the way the photo is reflecting.
Thanks for showing this. Do you have a pics of both styles/interpretations?

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#6 posted 03-06-2013 03:56 PM

Chris, I like this interpretation even better than the other one you posted. Perhaps it is the greater contrast between the two horses. If you do this again maybe you could add a little texture to the mane of the horse in the foreground to distinguish it from the horses’ body color in the background.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 03-06-2013 04:42 PM

Beautiful and so well done.

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#8 posted 03-06-2013 06:42 PM

Great job Chris. You did a great job capturing the muscle lines here.

Like the ole saying there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#9 posted 03-07-2013 12:59 PM

Thank you again everyone for the advice and the kind words!

-- Chris Mobley -

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