THIS is an absolutely stunning work! Your overall rendering of this mythological creature is beautifully done, though, with regard to your mentioned proportions, you did an especially superb job in my humble opinion. Browsing over many other artists' take on the centaur, I've come to find that an oversized human torso is often a given, be that an intentional aesthetic choice to over-pronounce the region of a centaur that tends to convey the most character, or just an anatomical mishap. You could also just call it my own personal preference where the language of anatomical under/over-pronunciations are concerned...but you've hit a bulls eye on the perfect balance in every area with this guy.
The heavily developed musculature throughout the humanoid torso (specifically from the biceps and triceps, up to the deltoids and traps) works perfectly with the realistically sized head (LOVE the choice of helmet btw) and hands, and also serves to communicate a well-centered sense of balance when juxtaposed against the intimidating size of the stallion body. Your choice of pose for this piece is also a stroke of genius. A character this powerful needn't be displayed in a berserker rage, with limbs violently flailing all about. The simple, yet elegant rearing up of the centaur's horse portion, intermixed with his proud, at the ready, back-arched and neck-cocked upper torso speaks volumes of just how formidable a being this centaur is.
From the course texture of the steeds' ribcage and lats, to the precise detail in each and every vein, you've created a truly masterful work of art here, sir. You and your serious talent are a huge inspiration. And, please pardon the length of this here post...I simply couldn't help myself. ^_^ Thank you for sharing this with the DA community!
Any response I offer will pale in comparison to your eloquent and much appreciated comment. I struggled with this sculpture for 8 months, re-sculpted 5 times. Literally hundreds of hours. I felt I couldn't make it any better and I'm so happy you agree. There is always the balance of not only proportion, but how detailed do I go? Do I use wax and try for a hyper realism? Possibly losing the artistic raw clay and tool marks that make it a piece of artwork. Had to stay with Greek Corinthian helm and the plume I chose is historic, but also reminiscent of a horses mane. Had to stay classical and not put all kinds of armor to avoid him looking too "fantasy". Every decision I made on this guy had a reason even down to the olive tree trunk which is very Mediterranean. I am pleased to announce that he is going to the foundry this month to be bronzed, finally, after over a year and a half of sitting here in my studio. Thank you Sean
Oh, it was totally my pleasure to comment on, and basically critique this fantastic work of art. I'm told I tend to flap when txting/msging, and while that is more than likely true, I must say that it would be a crime to not post the most thorough and meticulously written comment on any piece that shows as much dedication to the artistic process as does this one. I feel that an in-depth critique is the very, very...very least that any viewers whom are taking the time to enjoy looking over and or +faving a work of art can (and should!) do. So sorry once again for the length of what I intended to be a simple second reply, but oooh doggy, this is one of the few topics within the world of art that really chaps my ass. Anywho, dodging another rant here, thank you for the added details on how the process of creating this piece went. It amazes me all the more to know exactly how much work you put into it, and the decision making behind each step, which absolutely shows.