horse sketch part 2


Now I’m getting somewhere with it. YEA!  I took the proportions of my model by holding a pencil at arms length, resting my arm on my easel to hold it steady, closing one eye and putting my thumb on the pencil at the height of the body from the bottom of the hoof to the top of her back and compared that to the length of the body. The height equaled the distance from her rump to the middle of the front shoulder. So I knew the proportion was close. I made corrections on the head and neck to make them look right with the body. Then I drew her blaze with chalk because it makes the head shape easier to see. I also redrew the legs making a faint line at knee level and drawing circles where I thought the ankles should be. I didn’t erase all the measuring lines.IMG_2296

WOW! That’s a bad shot! hahahaha Nothing’s in focus! I had it set on auto. That’s ok, I never said I could take a decent picture with my good camera.

I put in in anyway so you can see how badly lit my model is on that shelf and if I drew it in proportion.

The plan is to transfer this sketch to a piece of watercolor paper and try to paint it. I’ll move my model to my work table where the light is slightly better and draw it one more time. I could still make corrections. Then paint with watercolors. I have some ideas in mind I’d like to try with the watercolors.

8 thoughts on “horse sketch part 2”

  1. It’s good to see that you’re measuring and comparing. The frustration with horses is that they can vary widely in their proportions. There are ideal proportions, and then there’s everything else…my mare, for example, whose legs are about 2″ too short for the length of her body. The more you do horses, the more you’ll notice different neck lengths, different leg proportions both front and back, different heights in the rump compared to the withers (that’s the bump where the neck looks like it attaches to the back). Trying to accurately depict a horse will definitely sharpen your eye. Then when you get it all right you can just chuck it all and do something abstract LOL!

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    1. The breeds all differ, don’t they. Taking the proportions helps but I’m finding that I still need to eyeball it when I redraw them. Chuck it all and go abstract! I was thinking of doing that! 😉

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  2. I’ve never been able to draw animals. You should be very pleased with your horse. Taking measurements to get the proportions right is definitely a good practice. I need to do that more often when I’m drawing. 🙂

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