What I Want to Practice:
- Finding a starting place
- Using correct proportion
- Using contour lines for emphasis
- Observing from photo, not instructor’s drawing
- Experimenting with eraser for highlights
- Knowing when to stop (exercise vs finished drawing)
- Watch video in full, then try to draw using only reference photo
- Use only an HB pencil, charcoal pencil, vinyl eraser, kneaded eraser, and blender
- Simplify background
- After drawing, watch video again and see where I need more work
- Try again later
- Notice how cleverly I hid the hardest parts with grass and tail….lol. I am going to call this artistic license since the instructor did it, too. 🙂
- I don’t quite understand how to find the right proportions, but I was able to get some of the angles correct by squinting with a pencil to approximate.
- That neck is not quite right. (too thick?)
- Where the neck meets the head could be fixed with shading. I see it now.
- My shading needs work for smooth transitions, especially legs (compare to instructor)
- I like the tail with the erased highlights, but I could not make this work on the mane.
What I Learned
- Oh my goodness, that ear nearly defeated me.
- I need to practice just horse heads before trying the whole horse.
- Studying equine anatomy would be very helpful.
- A white/gray horse on a white paper is tricky. Might try again with gray paper.
- I studied John Singer Sargent’s contour lines as suggested.
- I learned about interrupted contour lines.
- I need a sharp-edged eraser for details.
- Adjusting lines as the drawing progresses is normal. Yea!!!
- Surprisingly, I love working with graphite and charcoal. I did not expect to enjoy anything without color.
Thanks for Visiting 🙂