Rose Studios


Sculpting Indy

In progress photos of Traditional scale Tennessee Walker gelding in a 'parked' pose

Step 1

Bones were roughly sculpted and then positioned to insure that they are in their proper places and the right size before being covered with clay. Small sewing pins are inserted into key skeletal points to refer to during the sculpting process.

Step 2

Basic shape and large muscle masses are roughed out with clay. Photographs, magazine clippings, and anatomy charts are used frequently

The final phase, which seems to take forever: finishing. Bones and proportions are measured again and again, muscles, tendons, and finally veins and wrinkles are carefully added. The sculpture is smoothed and scrutinized, and then is finished.

I've gotten lots of emails from people wanting to know where I got my plaster anatomy horse. David Klass makes them, he also teaches a great equine anatomy class in NY and Loveland, Colorado.