I wish I'd taken a picture of Nanning's head when I finished work today - I spent most of today on it and there are a lot of changes. I'll just have to post the pic another day!
In the meantime . . . I've done a lot of work on his back legs and rump, and now he has four legs, which I'm sure will make him very happy! LOL Normally I work with the horse's feet on the ground and build up "grass" around his feet, so I don't have to pay attention to how "level" they are - it all works out fine when they're on the ground. But this one's in mid-air for several reasons. For one thing, the owner wants the piece to be of just the horse, no ground under him, and for a life-sized piece, that's a good design. It saves money (less bronze to cast, less weight to support, less expense in shipping, etc.) and looks more natural than it would with a "pad" of grass under it as a life-size horse. To balance, three feet have to touch the ground, so I've had to lower the right hind leg to have the toe touch the ground, which isn't the way it is in the photo, but it's only off by a few inches. I also had to straighten his front leg, which is bent in the photo, so he would have two feet completely flat on the ground, which will make him stronger.
Here's how I'm checking how level his feet are:
Here's how he looked yesterday before I did all that work on his head. I'll post the revised (and much prettier) head soon.
The jumper is painted and finished, ready to be mounted on the walnut plaque. Here's how it looks finished. It's name is "Rolltop."