Draft Horses in Ink

18 May

Is there anything as beautiful and powerful as a team of draft horses working together?  Horses are such stunning creatures, but the draft breeds are the most amazing of all, I believe.  Those big, strong heads and necks, the thick legs and the graceful feathering that drops over the enormous hooves to add a touch of softness to all that strength…what’s not to love about these creatures?  At least, what’s not to love about drawing them? 🙂

This isn’t a new drawing (I don’t work that fast), but rather one I drew around two years ago.  Like the Appaloosa I drew earlier this year, this was done in ink with a stippling method.  It’s a drawing technique I’ve really come to love.  I hope to continue with this series of slightly Western themed ink drawings in the near future by drawing a Texas longhorn.

Here are some progress photos/scans I took along this artful journey.  These images are not very good, but will give you an idea of how this looked as it developed.

And finally, here is the finished drawing.  I spent around a month and a half working on this drawing (probably somewhere around 40 – 60 hours of work).

“Draft Horses in Ink”

11×14 inches

Drawn on Strathmore 300 series Bristol Vellum paper


Graphite mechanical pencil (for the preliminary drawing)

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens (black fineliner…I used the Fine and Super Fine tips only for this drawing)

Prints of this drawing (along with many others I have on this blog and will continue to post in the future) are available for sale.  Feel free to contact me if interested or if you have questions.  Thanks for viewing, and feel free to leave a comment.

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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink


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