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Roan
03-25-2001, 09:11 PM
Had to post this -- I've only painted a couple of horses and am starting to feel left out http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

This a pencil drawing of a Quarter Horse I did way back in 1991. I was bored and picked up an old sketch book and began to doodle. This is what came out. I hadn't drawn a horse in about 10 years.

It's small, about 8x10 or so. No reference pic, strictly from my head. The muzzle is too refined and "Arab" looking and the ears a little off, but I had a lot of fun doing it and I think it came out pretty good considering :P


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<FONT face="Script MT Bold"><FONT COLOR="#AB4835"><FONT size="5">Roan</FONT s></FONT c></FONT f>
<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">"Bu shoilleir a dhreach, 's bu luath
Shiubhal: Sith-fada b'e ainm." --</FONT c>
<FONT size="1">"Shining his coat, and speedy
His pace -- Si-Fada his name."
Si-Fada = "long pace"</FONT s>
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m_a_r_t_i_n
03-25-2001, 09:42 PM
This is excellent, you should work more from just your imagination, maybe just going back over it after it is finished to sort out any problems. This is what I'm tring to do myself now but with figure. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
Try selecting a source image, sit studying it by eye for 5 or 10 minutes and then from just memory and imagination draw it!.

Shirl
03-25-2001, 11:16 PM
From "out of your head" this is excellent. Looks like an Arab to me. When I draw out of my head, they all look the same and not the style I like. I'm going over and over from photos to try to get the style I want. C'mon Roan, let's draw some more horses!!

Shirl (Well I'll be--a flared nostril http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif)

Roan
03-26-2001, 04:01 AM
Originally posted by m_a_r_t_i_n:
This is excellent, you should work more from just your imagination, maybe just going back over it after it is finished to sort out any problems. This is what I'm tring to do myself now but with figure. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
Try selecting a source image, sit studying it by eye for 5 or 10 minutes and then from just memory and imagination draw it!.

Thanks, Martin!

Funny you mention it -- that's pretty much how I draw and paint my "generic" equine pieces -- only I use several reference pictures. I find one with a pose, find one that's the right breed, one with color, and so forth. Then I compose my drawing and paint away :P The Friesian was done like that -- which, btw, has developed into a very nice bay http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Sometimes it's a great excercise -- and very enlightening personally -- to just draw from memory. I've found that people who do this tend to incoporate the features they like the best from all breeds into the final result.

Hence the tiny muzzle and "Arab" look to my Quarter Horse http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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<FONT face="Script MT Bold"><FONT COLOR="#AB4835"><FONT size="5">Roan</FONT s></FONT c></FONT f>
<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">"Bu shoilleir a dhreach, 's bu luath
Shiubhal: Sith-fada b'e ainm." --</FONT c>
<FONT size="1">"Shining his coat, and speedy
His pace -- Si-Fada his name."
Si-Fada = "long pace"</FONT s>
RoanStudio.com (http://RoanStudio.com) &lt;--- supply resources for pastelists!

Roan
03-26-2001, 04:04 AM
Originally posted by Shirl:
From "out of your head" this is excellent. Looks like an Arab to me. When I draw out of my head, they all look the same and not the style I like. I'm going over and over from photos to try to get the style I want. C'mon Roan, let's draw some more horses!!

Thanks, Shirl http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Yah, he's a little Arab-looking, I think it's mostly 'cause I curved the ears too much and made the muzzle too small. I was probably thinking about Arabs when I did it :P

I bet you do the same thing I was indicating to Martin -- end up putting the features you personally love into the drawing, regardless of the breed http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif


Roan (didn't put a flared nostril in this one EITHER! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif )

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<FONT face="Script MT Bold"><FONT COLOR="#AB4835"><FONT size="5">Roan</FONT s></FONT c></FONT f>
<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">"Bu shoilleir a dhreach, 's bu luath
Shiubhal: Sith-fada b'e ainm." --</FONT c>
<FONT size="1">"Shining his coat, and speedy
His pace -- Si-Fada his name."
Si-Fada = "long pace"</FONT s>
RoanStudio.com (http://RoanStudio.com) &lt;--- supply resources for pastelists!

m_a_r_t_i_n
03-26-2001, 05:16 AM
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Shirl
03-26-2001, 09:10 AM
Originally posted by Roan:
Thanks, Shirl http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

I bet you do the same thing I was indicating to Martin -- end up putting the features you personally love into the drawing, regardless of the breed http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Absolutely. I pick out poses, colors, etc, and make my own horses. I'll post my Arab Trio soon (trying to get a good pic)and that is exactly what I did.

Shirl






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tammy
03-26-2001, 04:56 PM
In my mind Roan, you could draw any horse well that you set your mind to do. Great job, girlfriend!

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