Posts Tagged ‘horses’

How to draw horse eyes part (3): Expression and mood

September 29, 2012

  Above: Detail from “Equestrian portrait of Charles I” by Anthony Van Dyck, c1637-8 Some thoughts on horse eye expression for artists To complete my thread on eyes for equestrian artists, here are some thoughts on eye expression. As any horse handler knows, the mood of a horse can be undertood from their body language. Eye expression does […]

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How to draw horse eyes part (2): close-up detail

September 17, 2012

A closer look at the horse’s eye   Above: a sensitive photo of “Oso”by Shelley Liddell   When is it useful to draw the eye in detail? In most situations, the general shadow-shape of the eye is almost all that you need when drawing a horse. For advice for artists on the shape and position of […]

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How to draw horse eyes, part 1

September 10, 2012

General structure and position of horse eyes  Above: Leonardo da Vinci’s “Studies of horses’ heads” c.1481, metalpoint Introduction This post is the first of a short series on “how to draw horse eyes”. Instead of giving you step-by-step instructions on copying a horse eye, I shall provide plenty of tips and ideas that you can apply to your […]

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The next horse life drawing workshop will be on 30 September 2012

July 14, 2012

Life drawing with a difference: The model is a horse! Above: J.S.Sargent “Saddle Horse, Palestine” (watercolour,1905)   What happens in an “equestrian life drawing workshop”? One or more horses are used as models during the day. These are held as still as possible by experienced handlers. Artists draw or paint at easels around the horse, just as in a […]

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Drawing horse heads: The main planes of the head

May 31, 2012

Today I explain the basics of horse head structure for artists Quite a lengthy post this time, but plenty of ideas and beautiful images to enjoy…. First, a quick look at  two-dimensional horse head images A very simple horse head can be drawn using just a few lines to create a recognisable and beautiful image. For example, the following drawings […]

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Yesterday’s equestrian life drawing session

May 14, 2012

    Photos and a short report from the 13 May 2012 horse life drawing day       Thanks to the people and animals who made this all possible Yesterday’s equestrian life drawing session was a great success. The setting was lovely, the horse behaved beautifully and the sun even shone. We are extremely grateful […]

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Thoughts on horse anatomy: The hindlimbs

May 12, 2012

   Some thoughts on horse hind limbs with reference to Great Master drawings   Above: Jacques Callot (1592-1635) “Study of a Horse”, quill and reed pen and iron gall ink, 23.5×28.6cm Basic structure of the hindlimbs The hindlimbs have the kick and thrust to propel the horse forward. Much of the muscle bulk is up high […]

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More lovely horse anatomy: The rear view

May 9, 2012

 Tips on drawing the back end of the horse, with reference to paintings by Great Masters     If, when drawing a horse, you find yourself positioned behind it, you have not drawn a short straw. The rear of the horse is full of design possibilities. You have the great masses of muscle ready to […]

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Some beautiful aspects of horse anatomy

April 26, 2012

 Today I shall consider beautiful edge contours of the horse. In particular, I shall look at those of the chest and front limbs.     I’m currently thinking about the beauty of edges, and am also looking ahead to next month’s equestrian life drawing class.   Initial impressions of the horse As an artist standing […]

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