Question; how do I make a statue of a vaulting event horse and rider(s)? And, make it look plausible? This is the type of question I love to answer in clay.
I’ve been working on the horse (actually the plinth in this sculpture). Depicted at a very slow canter, the horses gait is as smooth as peanut butter on white bread. Although that sounds sticky, maybe it’s a good thing since these riders need to stick to the horse while doing their airs above ground. He’s a Warmblood type horse, he started out as a heavy horse. But I wanted a bit more refinement in the neck so he’s now a crossbred. Feathers and all.
The model is about ready to have the gear put on in preparation for the three vaulters. Makes me think of the wonderful piece of I love by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec. This time the horse will be supporting three riders instead of just one.