"Guns On Deck"
Portrait of a 2 Yr Old AQHA Stallion
Colored Pencil Demonstration
12 x 15"




Step One:
This is a portrait of a friend's young Quarter Horse Stallion, drawn on Fabriano
Artistico 140# Hot Press Watercolor Paper.   After transferring the sketch onto
the Watercolor Paper, I roughed in the base coat with Prismacolor Dark Brown,
layering more heavily in the shadows. Leave the highlights white.



Step Two:
The next step was to apply the main coat color and a few highlights. I layered over
the original Dark Brown to give it a richer hue.  The horse's hair coat is actually the same
color in the shadows as in the sun, it only appears few shades darker but the red color is
still there.  This gives the portrait a nice consistency. In order to create the
pretty 'burgundy' color of this horse I layered between Prismacolor Burnt Ochre,
Terra Cotta, a touch of Tuscan Red and Sienna Brown.  I then edged the highlights
with Prisma Canary Yellow, Orange and Derwent Raw Sienna very lightly in a
circular motion.  Using Prismacolor White, I filled in the center of the highlights
then burnished back and forth, pulling color in and out with a Colorless Blender. 
Take your time to smoothly blend the white, yellow and orange where they
meet the 'reds'. Be sure not to lose the white in the center of the highlight.
Note how the coat color transitions between the dark brown and the rust colors. 
The way the hair lays on the back, rump, jowel and neck make it appear darker.



Step Three:
More of the same layering of colors here but with a hint of Prismacolor Copenhagen
Blue in the highlights on the neck, blended with first a White pencil then Colorless Blender.
The shadow behind the horse is Prismacolor Slate Grey, the muzzle is a soft Prisma
Light Peach and French Grey 50%, both burnished with White.




Step Four:
The grass was completed with Prismacolor Dark Green, Limepeel and Apple Green.
The shadow was reinforced with another layer of Dark Green and Slate Grey.
I then dry brushed with acrylic to create the look of an alfalfa field.  The piece was
then signed, sprayed with a fixative, matted and framed.

To see real photos of and information about "Guns On Deck" 
AKA "Barncat"
check out his site at



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