View Full Version : Help Describing Horses

08-31-2000, 01:27 PM
If anyone is doing equine art and needs help with horse conformation -- any breed -- I'm here to help out. You can email me as well, if you like.

Disclaimer: I've ridden/trained/shown horses for around 25 years or so and draw and paint them as well. I don't consider myself an "expert" artist, but I *do* know horses :P

Don't hesitate to ask!


Mar sin leibh an-drsda,


08-31-2000, 03:00 PM
I think that you should post your work here in this forum,

08-31-2000, 07:10 PM
Originally posted by animal:
I think that you should post your work here in this forum,

I post in Pastels, Drawing and the Critiques forums. You can check out <A HREF="http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum21/HTML/000939.html">"Lifting the Nose"</A> in the Critiques Forum -- it's my most recent horse work -- and <A HREF="http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum12/HTML/000148.html">Quarterhorses</A> in the Drawing Forum.

Mar sin leibh an-drsda,


09-26-2000, 07:13 PM
I would love to take advantage of your expertise Roan...I am very interested in drawing and painting horses and have no real access to them besides seeing them on a farm.
How can i contact you for info?

10-05-2000, 10:23 PM
Ack, sorry, Bearclaw!

I've been working non-stop on my web site and haven't had time to check forums or answer posts.

You can email me, if you wish, or you can simply post what you want/need to know here.

Totally up to you!

I'm still in full web-site drive, but I estimate just a few more days to get this done.

Then I can get back to painting http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

"Am fear a ghleidheas a theanga, gleidhidh e a charaid."

10-08-2000, 08:47 AM
Thanks Roan, I am planning some horses soon and will post a study here for you to pick apart as far as accuracy goes..if you will be so kind.

thanks again....Darrell

10-09-2000, 12:28 AM
Hey Roan, I would like to recomend the book
"Drawing Horses with Sam Savitt", published by Half Halt Press, Middletown, Maryland.
It should be a great help to anyone who would like help with rendering horses. I to have been a life long horseman, couldnt imagine life with out them... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

[This message has been edited by bobo (edited October 10, 2000).]

10-24-2000, 09:15 PM

No problem. Whenever you are ready. If I don't respond right away, please be patient. I'm overtly busy atm and haven't been able to check in here every day as I used to.


Hrm, never seen that book. Then again, I haven't bought a "How To" book on horses since I was in my teens.

Just what makes this book extra special -- ie: different from all the others?

"Am fear a ghleidheas a theanga, gleidhidh e a charaid."

10-25-2000, 08:58 AM
Hey Roan, since this is the only book I have seen on drawing horses, I couldnt tell you how it differs. What I can say is it goes into good detail as to the anatomy of horses, and it does a good job at explaining conformational differences between types/breeds. It also explains all types of motion in the horse and how the various parts of the anatomy work together.

10-25-2000, 11:49 AM
Perhaps one of the finest illustrators of animals, horses..people and life in general is Rien Poortvliet...

Unfortunately passed away....

His books are inspirations for me in drawing, painting...sketching..and you will love his treatment of animals.

He has authored and illustrated about 5- books


10-25-2000, 01:34 PM
Hrm, unfortunately most Mr. Savitt's books are out-of-print.

While I was looking for his, I checked out what else was currently available in books for the equine artist. This one looks very promising:

<A HREF="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0823014193/qid%3D972494005/002-7309794-4628032">Drawing and Painting Horses</A>
by Barbara Oelke, to be published Nov 30, 2000. Ms. Oelke is a member of the American Academy of Equine Art. Her biography is <A HREF="http://www.aaea.net/work.html#BARBARA%20OELKE">here</A>. There's a small sample of her work on that site as well.

I will advise, for those who are serious about painting horses, that you pick up some books on conformation, gait and movement. If you can find one that addresses this as it pertains to drawing, so much the better and please post the name of the book here :P

An equine artist really needs to understand the kinetics behind the horse's body in order to depict it properly.

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