This is a recent drawing I did of a black, Andalusian horse. I wanted to add some animal life to my portfolio and since horses and small, fuzzy creatures seem to be very popular among certain groups of people, I decided to go with the horses. This will be short and sweet in description.
The most important thing I wanted to do was to capture the dynamic beauty of the black horse, as its natural oils and sweat cause a glistening effect to its coat. When the sunlight hits those spots just right, the reflections create marvelous outlines that are bold, yet soft, and naturally fade.
I started out by first creating a proportional outline of the horse. Once that was done, I marked the areas where highlights would be and then started filling in. I used a 6B pure carbon pencil and nothing else. No graphite. No charcoal.
Here is the completed horse as a stand alone. I hadn’t decided what I wanted to do with the background at this point, and in fact, I was really tempted to just leave it alone and have it floating on a background of pure white.
After looking at some photos and getting input from my brother-in-law, I decided to go with a split rail fence that showed a little bit of weather and stress. I used charcoal for rendering the fence and its texture. I also added the kicked-up dirt behind the horse, which is what happens when a horse is in full gallop mode. A running horse can literally be “air borne” for a distance equal to one-and-a-half times the length of its body before it ever touches the ground again. Below is the final product.
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