This is a small horse portrait I worked on in August. The horse is Afriska ‘Frisk’ and it was commissioned by his owner as a keepsake. I worked from two photos, one for the pose and one for the detail. I used graphite pencils on Fabriano paper. The size is 20 x 25 cm.
I have progressed on the horse painting this week. Having put down a blue-grey wash first after the sketching stage, I then started detailing sections of the muzzle and head overall. I am using a lovely mixture of burnt sienna, titanium white and a little cobalt blue. The burnt sienna gives the mix a nice warmth and I will work on the sunny parts in more detail when the whole portrait is more less finished. I want the painting to feel warm as it was very warm when I took the photo. Below are some photographs I took of the painting in progress. There is lots more to do and I am hoping to finish it at some point next week.
I have started working on the new horse portrait today. I have taken some photographs of the progress so far. The first stage is now completed with the sketch and some basic shading down on canvas. The size of the painting is 10 x 12 inches (25 x 30 cm) and I am painting with acrylic paints on stretched canvas. This horse portrait is based on a photograph I took.
Next stage of the painting is putting down some basic background and further develop shading on the horse. I will post pictures as I go on.
Here are some more progress photographs of the horse and jockey portrait I am currently working on. Next step is to finish off shading of the rest of the horse and background. When this is done I will assess the entire portrait and its tone and I will go back to areas that need to be darker. The portrait is working out quite well thanks to the good reference the client has provided me.
I am now working on a horse and jockey portrait in graphite pencil. I have put down the initial sketch and the next step will be shading and tone. The portrait is for a client in Ireland. It is 25cm x 20cm in size (10″ x 8″), on Fabriano paper with Staedtler graphite.
This is a very exciting project for me, as I have always loved horses. They are such beautiful animals and I am enjoying drawing this portrait especially as the horse is in motion. It is fascinating to observe each muscle and capturing the speed and force with which these animals move.