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RE: [1listSculpting] horses for courses and working for commission

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  • Stacy Hofman
    Sorry I use Dragon naturally speaking and I do not always remember to double check before hitting send! Stacy From: 1listSculpting@yahoogroups.com
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 25, 2012
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      Sorry I use Dragon naturally speaking and I do not always remember to double
      check before hitting send!

      Stacy



      From: 1listSculpting@yahoogroups.com [mailto:1listSculpting@yahoogroups.com]
      On Behalf Of Stacy Hofman
      Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2012 8:36 AM
      To: 1listSculpting@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [1listSculpting] horses for courses and working for commission





      One thing I have considered is if the horses that are readily available for
      the military figures are more a case of not what the individual artist is
      actually capable of but what the artist is prepared to do for a set price.
      If the company that commissioned the work did not set a priority on the
      horse and expected you to do something under five dollars an hour then yes
      you do get what you paid for!

      And as someone has been making molds for much longer than I care to admit,
      the choice of casting medium can greatly affect the detail that can be
      replicated..... And of course if you are sculpting for the injected plastic
      manufacturing you'll be even more limited as far as pose, detail etc.

      I am thinking long-term, I can afford to spend 100+ hours perfecting a
      horse if I know I'm going to be still selling castings a decade from
      now...... I can't spend that sort of time on the horse if I expect to only
      sell 25 castings. I have always specialized in the human figure; more from
      default as I was born into a dollmaking family, rather than that actually
      being what I love to do. I much prefer sculpting animals. I always have and
      am investigating the different markets to see if there is a niche that is
      not being filled into which I might fit nicely.

      So far these are the following areas that I think are underrepresented

      Realistic Army specific mounts for military figures, an example would
      be after the conquest of Egypt Napoleon's troops started writing a lot of
      purebred and half Arabians

      Realistic breed-specific dog and cat breeds for the dollhouse market
      scale of 1/12 that are priced in the middle of the market

      Realistic writer and handlers for the model horse hobby

      Obscure breeds for the model horse hobby like long ear exotics

      Attached a few pictures of pieces that I currently have in development

      Stacy Hofman

      Porcelain dolls and molds http://stacyhofman110mb.com/

      Proud member of MSAT doll list http://www.minidolllist.com/

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