“The Spanish Dancer” – horse drawing

Good Day!

Just finished this drawing last night. I rendered it as a personal tribute of sorts, for the Spanish Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art.  I substituted the original white horse for one of my favorite colored horses, which you’ll soon see.  Drawn mostly using a 6B Wolffs carbon pencil with a little bit of Nitram HB charcoal for the softer areas. Hope you enjoy. I’ve provided some close ups of the drawing so that you can see the details.

MATERIALS USED: Fabriano Artistico hotpress 300 gsm watercolor paper, 6B Wolffs carbon, Nitram HB charcoal stick, a kneaded eraser, and a small, sharpened and softened paper blending stump.

I begin by laying tone the overall values and tones by jumping from one region of the figure to the next.  I don’t start in one spot and then continue outward from there. I’ve never done that. To me it makes things far more complex and confusing. I’d rather work in one spot, then jump completely across the other side of the paper to start another region. Then I’ll stop there and and jump onto another. Wash, rinse, repeat until the drawing is complete.

The Spanish Dancer

Here are some close ups for you so that you can make out more of the details. I didn’t go “gung ho” over accuracy. I simply put in enough of the pencil to create the illusion of a pattern and fringe, etc. (click on the image you want to see and it will open a larger screen)

Well, that’s all for now!

Have a great weekend!