Saturday, 14 March 2015

Showcase Saturday #2 - Horse

I received lots of lovely comments last week when I started off the Showcase Saturday series with my watercolour painting of giraffes. This week I've featured something I draw often - a horse. I began drawing horses when I first started horse riding. I think it began with a simple, cartoon-style tutorial I found in one of my Pony magazines when I was young and since then I progressed to more life-like pictures using the book Draw Horses by Lee Hammond.

I used to save all the posters out of my magazines as inspiration for drawing and would copy the photos which is a really good way to learn to draw. I managed to make horses the main theme of my GCSE art project - despite the teacher forbidding anyone to draw animals! This small act of rebellion paid off though when I opened my results and found I'd earned an A* in art, something I really hadn't been expecting.

This paticular picture was one I drew a few years later using pencil. Please excuse the grid lines still visible - this picture stayed like this in my sketching folder for a long time before my parents had it framed and only then did the lines get rubbed out! Something I learned from the Draw Horses book was the importance of getting the dark areas shaded really dark. I also usually prefer to draw horses without their tack (e.g. the bridles and saddles) simply because I find it hard to accurately draw in all the buckles and loops, but that was something I concentrated on here.



  1. Oh my god this is amazing! Like seriously so cool! I used to love drawing horses when I was younger. I'm jealous you horse ride, I want to but I feel a bit too old to start haha!

    India | Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

    1. Thank you!! I don't think you can ever be too old to start horse riding, unlike a lot of sports. Apparently it's not unusual for people to take it up even in their 40s and 50s! x

  2. this is amazing!!

  3. So pretty, and amazing!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

  4. Your art is really amazing! I love horses as well (even have my own) but I could never in a million years draw one. You've really got talent!


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