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Anatomy of a Horse Portrait …”Star”

Since I haven’t started a new piece yet, I thought I’d share this.  When this horse portrait was commissioned, the horse’s owner asked if I could send pictures of my progress to her as I went along.  I was happy to oblige.

First, I visited her farm in order to meet her horse, “Star”  and have a photo shoot.  I took about 50 pictures in various settings and poses.  She chose two pictures from which I would create the portrait.

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She wanted me to use the pose from the  first picture and the coat color from the second.  A bit more difficult than working from one photo, but I’m always up for a challenge!

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I did the initial drawing on toned paper with white chalk pencil.  The chalk is easier than graphite to erase as I go along, so that the lines don’t show through. I added “atmosphere” in the background with chalk pastel.

Next came the fun part – coloring!

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I began with a base of colored pencil, intending to do the whole base layer in pencil first, but I got impatient and started in with the oil pastels. In the photos above, I’ve added the oil pastel to the ears.  (I just love horses’ ears!)

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I’ve finished most of the color pencil on the horse, and added the oil pastel.

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Now for the halter.  Color pencil base layer then the oil pastel.  I rework details with color pencil on top of the pastel over the whole portrait.

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The finished portrait of Star.

As always, thoughts and constructive critiques are welcomed and appreciated!

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Equestrian Art

Tom from Back Home in Bromont was kind enough to post my artwork on his site. He’s an amazing photographer – check out his work!

BHIB Equestrian

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Thank you Claire for sending in this beautiful piece.
Do you draw or paint horses? Send us a photo and tell us about the piece and we’ll post it here and put it in our gallery! Email it to backhomeinbromont@gmail.com

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