View Full Version : Draft horses FINISHED

03-23-2011, 10:37 AM
on 11x14. Started it Sunday. Starting to scratch the other horse today.

03-23-2011, 10:42 AM
Sunday?...this last Sunday?..1 days scratching?.. that's a bunch done....and a VERY nice bunch!!! Is this the whole board?... I couldn't find the 2nd horse in the lay out...

03-23-2011, 11:00 AM
there will be two horses. you are only seeing the far right. by the way, this is the board that a scratched on top to remove the cellophane. Hope I can cover it up successfully. That was the day I was talking to you about insanity :-)

fire angel
03-23-2011, 11:25 AM
Very nice work so far!!!

03-23-2011, 01:01 PM
Off to a lovely start.

Harry Seymour
03-23-2011, 01:20 PM
Ken, this is very good. There is always a certain kind of brightness to your work.

03-23-2011, 04:32 PM
This is fantastic, and look at that leather! I so envy you who can do all these different textures.

03-23-2011, 05:37 PM
Wow Ken, and you don't think you are good enough!!! Not so my friend!! This looks great

03-23-2011, 05:39 PM
Pulling up a chair and a glass of red for this one Ken. Looking great so far.

03-23-2011, 05:52 PM
Looking fantastic so far.

03-23-2011, 07:17 PM
Great start, Ken. The lighting and textures are very well done!!

03-23-2011, 08:56 PM
Wonderful start...don't stop now :)

03-23-2011, 09:55 PM
I love draft horses and can't wait to see this one come to completion.

03-24-2011, 12:32 AM
Really nice Ken, can't wait to see more.


03-24-2011, 02:18 AM
Good start Ken, I will be looking forward to your updates.

03-24-2011, 04:10 AM
Very nice! My favourite equine subject!

03-24-2011, 08:23 AM
Looks like you have a room full of viewers....Add one more :thumbsup:
Likin' what you got goin' on :thumbsup:

03-24-2011, 09:56 AM
Yesterday was really busy so I didn't get much done. Trying to get things finished for a show I am in on the 7th of April. Meanwhile we have a new show about Texas history at the museum that is really attracting people. I am the tour guide, thank you very much. When it is slow I scratch and when it is busy, I talk. Did a lot of talking this week.
But here is what I have done so far. 11x14
Thanks for looking.

Diana Lee
03-24-2011, 06:33 PM
Oooo, very cool! What tools are you using? And can we see some close-ups?


03-24-2011, 10:12 PM
My favorite tool is from an idea someone, I can't remember if it was Rodman or Patrick, mentioned in one of their posts. I took a canvas sewing needle and cut it down to fit in an exacto handle. Had to drill a small, very small, hole in the closed head to grip the needle. The needle sticks out about 3/8th of an inch. I keep a fine sharpening stone nearby and occasionally roll the needle on the stone. I can scratch, wiggle or sniggle as needed. I love it. My blade sits mostly unused now.

03-24-2011, 10:31 PM
Looking good!!!

03-24-2011, 10:56 PM
Awesome! This is looking really great.

03-25-2011, 02:34 AM
Looking really good, Ken...great work on the leather!

fire angel
03-25-2011, 11:50 AM
Very nice work!! I second the request for some close-ups.

03-25-2011, 12:37 PM
Looking awesome!!

03-26-2011, 11:17 AM
Still plugging away on this thing.
When doing close-ups, are there specific places you want to see or does it matter? To me, close-ups are somewhat like discovering who is really behind the door. The real thing isn't as exciting as the the wizard, so to speak.

03-26-2011, 11:27 AM
Ken...I think you have captured a bit of fatigue in the horses on our right.. bravo.

03-26-2011, 11:33 AM
The horse on the left is definitely younger.
Rodman - I have been wearing my tin foil hat just for you. Glad you are back and better.

Diana Lee
03-26-2011, 11:44 AM
To me, close-ups are somewhat like discovering who is really behind the door. The real thing isn't as exciting as the the wizard, so to speak.How funny, I feel the same way about my own close-ups, but I love looking at other scratchers' work.

I would request a close-up of the metal parts of the bridle. And the eyes.


03-26-2011, 08:16 PM
Looks so so good!

03-26-2011, 08:26 PM
Ken, this painting has plenty of soul through those beautiful eyes. Keep going man - it's a beauty

03-27-2011, 04:41 AM
You doing a great job on this Ken, Having done a harnessed horse before, there is a lot of textures to deal with.
I second Diana's request for the eye's and metal bits close up.


03-27-2011, 09:11 AM
Another update. with the final, I will include close-ups. Thanks everyone for your encouragement and kind comments.

Harry Seymour
03-27-2011, 10:43 AM
Ken--this is terrific. Everything about it smacks of excellence.

03-27-2011, 11:55 AM
Great work on this Ken. It has the look of a long acquainted team.:thumbsup:

03-27-2011, 08:40 PM
Love the finish Ken. A beautiful piece of art.

03-31-2011, 10:26 PM
Finally finished this in time for a show next weekend. They are coming to pick it up on Monday. Trying to frame it even as we speak.

03-31-2011, 11:19 PM
:clap:Stunning finish Ken. Good luck with the show. Looks like a winner to me!

Harry Seymour
03-31-2011, 11:24 PM
Ken, a beautiful finish. Good luck with the show.

03-31-2011, 11:43 PM
Thanks Harry and Leslie. Ever since I been trying to put it into Zapp without any success. I am very frustrated. Hate Zapp!

04-01-2011, 04:35 AM
That's a very fine piece of art Ken!!

04-01-2011, 07:04 AM
Ken, great job finishing this piece up. I hope the show goes as good as this looks.

04-01-2011, 09:44 AM
Looks great, Ken. Best of luck in your show. :thumbsup:

fire angel
04-01-2011, 10:10 AM
Great finish Ken!! Good luck at the show!!

04-01-2011, 10:47 AM
Fantastic Ken. Well done.

04-06-2011, 09:45 AM
Good job and good luck with the show.

04-06-2011, 10:04 AM
Great finish. I think the eyes really make this, they show so much of the horses' character. Well done.

04-06-2011, 11:22 AM
Ken, absolutely beautiful. Good luck with the show.

Diana Lee
04-06-2011, 11:57 AM
Hey! you said with the final you would include close-ups. I feel cheated! Well, it is such a great piece I guess I'll let it go this time.


04-06-2011, 02:08 PM
Somehow I missed the finish...really great job Ken, especially on the leather!

04-06-2011, 03:52 PM
Sorry I forgot about the close-ups. Been going so fast I don't know if I'm coming or going. If you are using a PC, you can hold down the Control key and press the + sign. To reverse, just his Control -.
Thanks everyone for the encouragement.

04-06-2011, 09:53 PM
Fabulous work Ken and the best of luck with the show.

04-06-2011, 11:16 PM
Another gorgeous piece!!