Ironically, I think these “placeholder” sketches are turning out to be the ones that best serve the purpose of the Weekly Sketch project. Horses are quick and easy to draw, so to make them more interesting I play around with effects like toned paper, damp brushes and so on. I’m actually developing my skills more with the horse sketches than I am with the “serious” drawings.
This week’s sketch was inspired by a pic I took last weekend of Mahogany frolicking in her paddock. The photo itself isn’t very good, but it caught her in an unusual pose, so it seemed like a fun little anatomical challenge to draw.
Here’s the original photo. She has a mohawk because I shaved her mane off a few weeks ago, rather than fighting with the solid block of dried Texas clay that had melded with it.
I’m still working on the portrait of Elizabeth. It’s taking longer than I thought it would. Here is a horse.