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The Artist’s Sketch – Featuring Tammy Myrold!

12/8/2015

It's time to bring back another JAH Artist's Sketch! This week, learn about Tammy Myrold, the model horse artist who created the gorgeous paint design of Forever Saige, the 2015 3rd Premier release!

Enjoy this article, written by Michele Katz and revived from the 2010 November/December JAH issue!

Tammy Myrold

Tammy Myrold

Hometown: Tecumseh, Michigan
Expertise:Customizing & Sculpting

 

When Tammy Myrold was about 14-years-old, she got a subscription to Just About Horses (JAH) magazine. Inspired by an article describing how to remove a model horse's plastic mane and tail and replace it with a haired one, she grabbed some sandpaper and her El Pastor model, and enthusiastically went to work. But by the time she had removed half of the mane, she had second thoughts, and was mad at herself for what she considered "ruining "her model.

It was seventeen years before she tried customizing again, and it is obvious, she isn't "ruining" anything these days! Tammy's projects can be as simple as changing a horse's color, to twitching an ear or adjusting a head carriage, or as complicated as moving legs, switching heads, and re-sculpting manes and tails. Sometimes it's just a small tweak to change the attitude of the horse, and other times the changes are so dramatic, it is difficult to determine what model she started with.

Tammy has a unique way of deciding what changes to make on a model. She prints out 5 photos of the original horse, and sketches over them, trying on new looks. Her favorite one becomes the blueprint for the project. Sometimes, after the sculpting has begun, she comes up with new ideas. Rather than changing the original blueprint, she'll start a whole new horse with the changes she wants, ultimately creating two new models! She says it is key for her to have a definite plan before she begins to work because it helps reduce the amount of mistakes she makes when repositioning the model. Research is also critical, whether it's for color or repositioning. When she is unable to look at real animals, she says "the internet is a great place to find a never-ending parade of photos. If I want to reposition a horse into a loping position, I will be looking at a ton of pictures of loping horses."

Not only does the Tecumseh, Michigan-based artist customize Breyer models, but she also creates original sculptures. Tammy's spunky pony, Kick the Can, is currently being cast in resin. The sculpture was inspired from "watching a freedom class of miniature horses just having way too much fun running and bucking around an arena. She grew from there into more of a small pony type that was cute, but wanted to let you know she could still kick up her heels if she really wanted to." During the sculpting process, Tammy would prop her up against a soup can to keep her standing upright. In her kicking position, she appeared to be kicking the can, thus her name! She is also working on an Akhal Teke, a jumper and a new version of her pony.

She advises new artists to "start simple, and grow from there." She says if you can learn one thing from each horse you've customized and apply that to the next, "imagine what your 5th, or 25th

 

Take a Look at The Artist's Gallery!

 

Kick the Can Idocus
                              Kick the Can Idocus                                            

 

Cleveland Bay Lonesome Glory
                                     Cleveland Bay Lonesome Glory                       

 

Alborozo Espirit
                            Alborozo                                           Espirit

 

 

Categories: | The_Artists_Sketch

Comments

BreyerLover2222 Says:
12/23/2016 at 12:53 pm

YES!!!!! I know, right?! :)

BreyerQueen6 Says:
12/20/2016 at 7:49 pm

OMG

Wow this is SO GOOD

BreyerLover2222 Says:
12/16/2016 at 1:26 pm

Agreed!!!!!!! :D

Shaw505 Says:
11/06/2016 at 12:50 pm

HOLY COW!!!!!! These are so amazing!

jockeygirl Says:
06/30/2016 at 5:35 pm

Great Customizing! Great Sculpting!

I haven't tried to customize yet because I haven't had time to get the right materials, but I can't wait to try! KICK THE CAN IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! The motion is captured gorgeously in the sculpture, the details are amazing, and the PAINT job (pun intended) is a thing of legend!! It is sooo intricate!!! You are a truly talented artist!!

BreyerLover2222 Says:
05/22/2016 at 4:32 pm

Wow! Such beautiful models! How in the world can she customize soooo good? I just love Tammy's models!!

poncho55 Says:
12/12/2015 at 10:37 am

WOW!

Awesome custumes! I LOVE ALL OF THEM. I can't really custumize to good so yeah. When I see a great custume I sigh. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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