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First horse portrait

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First horse portrait

Postby samPM » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:42 pm

My first horse portrait! I'm not quite happy with the mane, but it's the best I can do. Let me know what you think!
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Re: First horse portrait

Postby Laurene » Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:06 am

There's so much to admire here, and more so because it's your first horse portrait! The hair texture is very well studied. The muzzle is velvety soft just as it should be! The leather and metal on the tack are beautifully rendered. The mane could be more detailed but that's actually just a question of studying how the hair is formed into knots very carefully. If the detail isn't clear enough in your reference photo, try doing a google search until you've seen enough detail to understand those knots (I googled knotted mane). If you can see it, you can draw it ;)

If I had one piece of advice to offer it would be to study the horse eye very carefully. If you have Mike's book, there's great information there. If not, you can find a lot of information online. The pupil is oval or cigar shaped and the outline tends to be a little fuzzy.

This is a beautiful drawing! You really captured the pride and elegance I associate with horses!

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