I came to the conclusion that I need to work out the figure before I can figure the size of the saddle. So I worked out the proportions of Kit Carson's body. Then make the armature.
I put the armature on a separate piece of wood to make it easier to work on. Only trouble with doing that is that you not working on the figure on the horse and your unable to maximize coordinating his actions with the horses'. If it doesn't work out, it's easy enough to restart the figure.
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Final photographs today. Not sure I'll be in my studio Monday. I'm heading to Utah for a show next week. So come back and check Monday night, 11 pm Pacific Time.