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Suppressed Leopards


As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been working on an article on how appaloosa patterns interact with the different base coat colors. In discussing the color black and how it can suppress white markings and patterns, I thought it would be fun to show how this suppression can effectively “shrink” the leopard pattern down to blanket-size. Digital images are fun that way, because I could take the pattern from the top horse and literally shrink it down and place it on the bottom one. Aside from the difference in hair growth direction (that part doesn’t shrink so my spot directions don’t quite match anymore), the effect is actually pretty accurate.

Here is my real black appaloosa with her “shrunken” leopard pattern.

The article has reminded me that I have a terribly outdated set of color charts. In the past I’ve just updated the existing charts with newly found colors or registry rule changes, but they really need a complete overhall at this point. There are new colors like pearl and dominant white to add, as well as older colors that need more detailed breakdowns.

If only I didn’t need to sleep…

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A new article



I’ve added a PDF file of the most recent installment of my column “Hoist the Colors”, done for the Realistic Equine Sculpture Society’s newsletter, The Boat.

One of the nice things about writing for The Boat is that authors are allowed to retain their copyright, so I can share articles after they are published. I’m not sure I’ll post all future columns – I’m not sure I have that much space on the site! – but it’s nice to have the option, especially for the articles that might be helpful to a broader range of readers. In the case of this particular article, there’s a simple overview of what is currently known about appaloosa genetics. Although that might seem overly technical, in truth it has a lot of implications for painters (and judges) of model horses.

And if you find articles like this one helpful, I’d highly recommend membership in the organization. The newsletter, which usually numbers close to 200 pages, is full of these kinds of in-depth articles on just about every topic concerning the making of horse figurines. The cost of the membership is worth it on the quality of the newsletter alone!

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