View Full Version : GB Jac - graphite WIP

02-21-2009, 06:10 PM
This is my latest commission. GB Jac is an outstanding Quarterhorse stallion
and I am really proud, that I have got this order :clap:
But it will take me some time for sure... so I better show you some steps.
The size is A3 = double letter size. This one is only the left side, on the right side comes a portrait of the horse.
And such a lot of black background :eek: I have to go over several times,
until ist is as deep black, as I want it.
I hope you enjoy it,
greetings, Iris


And this is the ref. photograph:


Kathrin G.
02-21-2009, 06:25 PM
this is absolutely fantastic already :clap: :clap: :clap:
your work takes my breath away, time and time again :clap:
looking forward to seeing this one when you got it finished and well done to getting the commission for it :thumbsup:

Night Horse Studio
02-21-2009, 07:36 PM
Kathrin said it all, Iris. I have a soft spot for reining horses. I can't wait to see how you do the dirt and dust. This is going to be absolutely gorgeous!


02-21-2009, 08:05 PM
Great hoogeldy boogeldy. Great!

02-21-2009, 09:32 PM
Incredible start, Iris. I just love your work and am looking forward to watching this one come along.

Congrats on the commission.


02-21-2009, 10:56 PM
Magnificent start Iris!

I can't wait to see more!


steph G
02-22-2009, 05:47 AM
Great hoogeldy boogeldy. Great!

I couldnt have put it better myself :lol: :lol: :lol:

Iris, You have an amazing talent. :clap: :clap:

02-22-2009, 07:39 AM
Thank you so much Kathrin, Steph, yorkhorse, Wyanne, Sean and Steph G!
@Steph: oh oh... the dirt and dust... it makes me a littlebit worried, how I
should do that ;-)
Greetings, Iris

02-22-2009, 11:30 AM
WOW!! This is intensely deep!! How many pencils you gone through already? I can hardly wait to see the finish of this one.

02-22-2009, 01:05 PM
WOW! Fabulous so far - I will check back!

02-22-2009, 02:52 PM
Wow! I just love your work this is going to be stunning!!

02-22-2009, 04:16 PM
Iris, I just finished (I think) a drawing last night with dirt/dust kick-up. I did a circular pattern stroke with the pencil where the dirt/shadow was darkest and then used a blending tool to pull it out into dust. Where the horse's hooves and leg disappeared into the dust I used the tool to gently pull them into the dust.

I have a collection of tortillions that I use for blending. They don't have that "fingernails on chalkboard" effect on me blending stumps do because they are made with a softer paper.

I posted that drawing in the Breed a Week 7 thread for ref: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=547616

Hope that helps.


02-22-2009, 06:50 PM
great work so far... I'll be watching this one develop!

02-23-2009, 07:56 AM
Absolutely fantastic start. I'll be watching.

02-23-2009, 07:56 PM
Looks awesome!!


02-23-2009, 09:26 PM
I'm just blown away. O: Are you making all the edges black, or are you adding in dust?

02-25-2009, 08:32 AM
love this so far! it has a fluid, almost liquid look that I really like :)

02-25-2009, 02:13 PM
Thank you for all your kind comments :wave:
@She-She: I hope I don't need more than two pencils, one for each side. I tell you, when I'm finished :lol:
@Wyanne: thank you for the tips and the link. Your horse is so beautiful :heart:
I have started inbetween a part of the dust, and I think I could fix it... I
also blended. With a paper towel. And worked with a kneaterasor (I hope this word does exist ;-) )
@Secluded-Dream: I have to make it deep black until the edges. With
exception of the dust on the floor.

I hope I find the time later this evening to show the actually version.
Greetings to all of you,

02-25-2009, 03:40 PM
Here is the next step. It is not much, I did the last days, but it goes on :wave:
Greetings, Iris


Night Horse Studio
02-25-2009, 03:55 PM
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, Iris! I'm loving the dust too.


02-25-2009, 04:36 PM
Steph said it all for me. :D

Kathrin G.
02-25-2009, 06:50 PM
just my thoughts as well :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
this is shaping up to perfection Iris :thumbsup: :clap: :thumbsup:

02-25-2009, 07:48 PM

02-25-2009, 09:33 PM

02-27-2009, 01:07 PM
Patrick said it for me as well, Iris, absolutely stunning. I will be back for sure!

02-27-2009, 02:19 PM
This is going to be absolutely amazing when it's finished! I love the smooth-ness too it! Everything seems to flow together so effortlessly, but you can see such an intensity to the horse!

Can't wait to see the final product, who ever gets it should be very, very happy!

02-27-2009, 04:51 PM
This is so pretty!

02-27-2009, 10:56 PM
This is absolutely gorgeous. This guy's owner will be thrilled! I love the smoothness you achieved on his coat. What kind of paper are you using?


02-28-2009, 06:55 AM
Thank you once again to all of you for all your kind comments :wave: :heart:
@Linda: I am using a 190 gr scetchpaper from Schleicher & Schuell. It has
a very smooth surface.
Greetings, Iris

02-28-2009, 07:24 PM
[QUOTE=IrisK]This is my latest commission. GB Jac is an outstanding Quarterhorse stallion
and I am really proud, that I have got this order :clap:

Absolutly wonderful and your client will be absolutly proud of the great job you have done!!!! Looking forward to the finish.

03-01-2009, 12:48 AM
WOW! I am completely blown away by the depth of black you are achieving! What kind of pencils do you use??

If I thought I could do half this well with graphite, I'd be ordering some pencils tomorrow!!

03-01-2009, 03:42 AM
oooh wow I dont know which is more beautiful, your drawing or the horse. This is just wonderful :)

03-12-2009, 12:43 PM
Thank you also Lois, Ann and Elybaby :wave:
And sorry, that I am writing so late...
@Ann: I use only one kind of pencil, the 8B. For horses this is my
absolutely favourite :thumbsup:

Finally the last days I found time for drawing and could go on. I think
the left side is ready. Now I can start the head-portrait at the right side.
Greetings, Iris


03-13-2009, 09:38 AM
Iris........your planning on this is flawless and your workmanship is even better.

03-13-2009, 10:26 AM
Hi Iris,
As always I thoroughly enjoy your work, this is no exception. I am always amazed at how you handle 8b graphite with such ease and definition of your values.
I have two small observations to offer. One being the shadow on the neck from the reign looks too stiff to me. The motion doesn't look right, it seem to straight, where it would bow up just slightly to reflect the light and movement of the leather. Look at your shadow of the reins coming out of the hand, that looks perfect, and also makes the shadow on the neck stick out more to me and appear too stiff. Also the same shadow seems to carry of the neck or at least give the appearance of doing so. I drew a little circle to poinpoint the area I in question.

My second issue is with the rider. Is his body going to be anymore detailed than it is now? I don't have a problem with subject 'fading' into their background but being there is so little in sharp persepctive (foot, hand) and so much fading away (horn of the saddle, arm, leg, hip) so suddenly I have trouble reading it, especially so close to the edge. It looks more like the invisible man is sitting in the saddle. If this is how to owner commissioned it well then enough said there*lol* But are you considering revisiting this area if not?

Just my two cents worth. Overall this is exquisite and I look forward to seeing it completed!

03-15-2009, 05:02 PM
thank you for your comments scatdaddy and QueenBart :wave:
@QueenBart: I understand what you mean about the shadow of the rein...
and you are right :thumbsup: I havent seen that, but now I will change it! Thank
you for telling me that!
The rider has to go over into the background. It is like that on the ref.Photograph...

I worked a littlebit more on it this weekend. Here are two updates:



this picture seems, that it doesn't take an end :o
Greetings, Iris

03-15-2009, 06:48 PM
ahhhhhhhh......NOW the light comes on!!!!!!!!!!!....I knew there was going to be more, but didn't know where and what. This is going to be awesome!!!!!!!

03-17-2009, 03:31 PM
...echoing scatdaddy's thoughts here!! WOW. This is going to be stunning! What an interesting surprise :)

03-19-2009, 10:15 PM
This looks awesome so far.


03-19-2009, 10:27 PM
I. am. speechless.

03-19-2009, 11:51 PM
Iris- this is coming out fabulous!! More please :D

03-20-2009, 04:49 AM
I. am. speechless.
Me too !! :) This is amazing..

03-21-2009, 03:21 AM
What more can be said...? You are amazingly talented ...just WOW! :clap:
Thank you so much for sharing.

03-26-2009, 02:52 PM
Thank you so much for your comments Scatdaddy, Moodymand, Ian, Yorkhorse, Cathy, Darkangels and Palettetalk :wave:

Now it is finished :clap: Can't believe, that I have got it :lol: I have never
spent such a long time on a drawing. About 6 weeks (I didn't had much
time the last weeks) and I think about 20 hours...
Greetings to all of you,


03-26-2009, 03:20 PM
wow! :eek: :eek: Gorgeous work! :thumbsup: :clap:

03-26-2009, 03:32 PM

03-26-2009, 04:16 PM
Love the detail. Great finish.

Night Horse Studio
03-26-2009, 07:09 PM
WOW Iris...your work just gets more incredible the more you post it!!! I can't believe how gorgeous this is! Everything about this is perfect.


03-27-2009, 02:03 AM
WOW Iris...your work just gets more incredible the more you post it!!! I can't believe how gorgeous this is! Everything about this is perfect.


Exactly what Steph said !! :)

AMMMAAZZZING, i love it :):)

03-27-2009, 01:25 PM
That is absolutely breathtaking. I hope whoever receives this appreciates it!!! I would cry if I got it.

Southern Wind
03-27-2009, 05:45 PM
All the hard work you put into this one really paid off. It is exceptional!

03-29-2009, 09:53 AM
Thank you for all your commendation KerryOriginals, Artmutt, SheShe, Steph, Darkangels, Yorkhorse and Southern Wind :wave:
I really enjoy that you all like it. The comissioner has got it inbetween and
she is over the moon with it...
Greetings to all of you,

03-29-2009, 12:29 PM
That is just amazing work! He is jumping right off the page, love the sheen and the veins, everything is gorgeous you have quite a gift!

03-29-2009, 06:27 PM
wow, that is beautiful...

03-29-2009, 08:20 PM
I commented on this in another thread, but had to pop in here too.

This is so good, it's scary!!

03-29-2009, 09:50 PM
Wow!! So masterfully done! Way to go!