Week Seven: Sanding and Smoothing.....
Now that all of the details have been added....it is time to prepare the surface of the horse for painting. The epoxy-clay that I have been using to sculpt with now doubles as putty to fill in any gaps or pock-marks and to smooth out coarse edges.
Putty has been applied to the legs and body to help fill some of the rough spots....

Then the areas have been sanded smooth.

After sanding, I apply the first coat of primer. A few areas--such as the portions of the blanket--still look pretty rough.

Other areas, such as the additions to the mane, look good after only one coat of primer. Each coat of primer will be followed by more sanding, until the surface is just right. Then I will start to build up the base colors of the blanket and the body....
Anyone who has been around horses knows that it is often impossible to get the mane to stay all on one side of the horse's neck.

Naturally, I had to make sure that Guiseppe's mane had a "flip"....

A quick note....Thanks to everyone who has been offering words of encouragement. I truly appreciate your support!

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