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.