I start with bailing wire to make the cowboy's armature with. When you have a cowboy or rider completely out of the saddle, you have to figure out how to attach it to the horse and make it stable enough to work on. I cut two small pieces of wire and wrap it around the lower part of the leg armature then plant it into the body of the horse. Then I stick another piece of wire into the saddle down into the body of the horse and then I tap the upper part of the cowboy to this. Now I have three points of attachment and this makes it so I can work on a solid armature of the cowboy.
As you can see, I start to work on the legs first. Then I add the thorax or ribcage area of the cowboy. Of course I had already worked out the proportions of human to horse earlier. Very important to get that formula down first.
Now I add the arms and start to block in anatomy. Jawline and such.
Well that's as far as I'm going to go with Bronc Stomper till I get to James Harold Gallery in Tahoe City California from the 1st of July, for the beginning of my Summer appearances. (check out the box upper right column for my schedule of appearances this summer)
Tomorrow, I start back on Down From the High Lonesome.