View Full Version : Foal in graphite WIP

06-02-2011, 04:53 PM

Ive started a graphite drawing of this photo;http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2011/972722-hmclinic20110521_D3H3149.jpg

So far Ive done a base layer and started the detail on the eye and nose.
Plan is to add 2 more layers to give the coat texture and add shadows.
Any help/advice much appreciated.
I read the article on fur texturing so was going to attempt to follow that although not sure how well it will work on such a chort coat. :confused:

Im using cretacolour Nero pencils 1 to 5 , so far the coat has been done in 4 and am planning to use 3 next then finish with 2.
Using 1 and 2 for the eyes and 2 and 3 for the ears.


06-02-2011, 07:14 PM
Try to start the eyes...laying coats is a long process and needs patience and observation. Just keep on experimenting ways to achieve what you see. Do some research...there are so many tips online.

It can be frustrating at the beginning...but just keep on drawing.


06-03-2011, 05:56 AM
Thanks Pancho,

Ive done a little more to the eye, done a second layer on the coat and started filling in some of the shading detail using the greyscale image with high contrast to help me.
I realise the coat is overall still too light so was thinking of going back over once Ive done the darkest bits now, is that very back to front? :o


06-03-2011, 07:21 AM
Okay...try to make this a big project...say finish it in two weeks time and give 3 hrs a day. Even very good artist spent more time than that to achieve perfect illussion.

Or chose a close up horse portrait to begin with...check the reference image library in the content areas for inspiration.

I layered more than countless times on my animal coat even to people portrait using using HB to 2H and .3 mechanical pencil for details.

I'm not a very good teacher...I've got so much in my mind to help you but I don't know how to write in words.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rweRHTPo_so&feature=relatedSo I'll give you some tutorial links that I wish that can help you...

Try visit the Classroom in wetcanvas itself...there are tons if tutorials as well.

06-03-2011, 07:33 AM
Thank you Pancho,

Yes its a whole new world to me, I thought you just did a drawing in a day until I started reading some of the tutorials on here! :lol:

06-06-2011, 01:15 PM
Almost done, just a little more shading and texturing to do.
Sparrowhawk on the drawing/sketching board has been fab and given me loads of help :clap:

Any ideas on what to do with the background? :confused: