Portrait of an AQHA Mare and
Colored Pencil Demonstration
12.5 x 13"
This pretty mamma and baby were drawn from a wonderful photograph
taken by photographer Jay George of Rapid City, South Dakota and
printed on the cover of the Tri-State Livestock News, Horse Edition and
reproduced with his/their permission.
The drawing is created on Fabriano
Uno Hot Press, 300# paper.
To start the drawing, I laid in the base colors with
and Sienna Brown leaving the highlights in the coat
in a circular motion I applied Prisma Dark Umber in the shadows.
The next step was to darken the shadows and define the
muscling. I usually
start the detail work with the face and eyes to bring the subject to life.
the basic colors used in the mare's face are: Prismacolor Burnt Ochre,
Cotta and Sienna Brown, as well as Derwent Raw Sienna, Golden Brown and
Brown Ochre. The highlights in the coat were left white as the
were applied then I burnished the darker colors into the highlights
a nice shine. The muzzle was drawn with Derwent Blue Grey and Prismacolor
Warm Grey 10%, Flesh and Blush Pink, burnished with white.
This is quite a jump in progress but I was
working on this drawing at a show and
did not have access to a scanner. The rest of the hair coat was
layered the same
as described above with the face. Deep blues and greys were added to
shadows with the reflections on the belly and shoulder muscles were put in
dark colors with
white. The foal was rendered with the same colors as the mare
using a few of the lighter
colors such as Burnt Ochre rather than
(darker brown). His mane and tail are
darker (Dark Umber) than
the mare's forelock
where I used Derwent Golden Brown. The grass was lightly
Prismacolor Dark Green, Sienna Brow and Slate Grey (shadows). No
The finished drawing. I sharpened up the
image and gave it a more 3-D look
by darkening the outside edges with a Verithin Dark Brown. This gives it a
crisp look against the white paper and gives the illusion of 'roundness '
to the horses' bodies. The grass and flowers at their feet was
created by dry
brushing acrylic over the lightly applied colored pencil. When I'm
I like to go over the drawing with a pink pearl eraser and clean up any
or smudges. Always spray the finished drawing with a fixative
(preferably a UV
spray) to prevent 'bloom' and protect from UV rays before framing.
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