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Bay

Here’s a little bay-colored horse that I made for my show last month.  He’s a lot like my other horse, Checotah, which sold quickly before I even got him to the show.  I wanted to have another similar sculpture available, so here it is.  I am happy to say that this little bay horse was one of the first things to sell at my show.  Colored wire seems to be popular!

Bay

– Measures a small 3 & 1/4 inches long by 2 & 1/2 inches tall by 1 inch wide.

– If I’m remembering correctly, I used some 19 gauge dark annealed wire for the “bones” of the horse, and then I added layers of finer black wire for the legs and muzzle, and orange wire for the body.  The tail is a bit of very fine chain.  The mane is a piece of an old earring.  Those black and silver spear-like pieces on the earring looked like an interesting horse’s mane to me, so I went with it.  This horse has an almost bulldog-like pose, which was just how he turned out.  I kind of liked that, though…he looks strong and muscular, don’t you think?

Thank you for looking! 🙂

 

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Draft Horse Finished

At long last, after working on this for the last six months, I am finally calling this piece complete.  It was worth the time…I had a lot of fun with this drawing, and I’ve learned a lot, too.  The variety of textures in the reference made this very challenging, but as I’ve said before on this blog, I do love a challenge. 🙂

Draft Horse

– 8×8 inch Ampersand scratchboard.

– Tools used: Mostly an X-Acto Knife with a #11 blade, and also two sizes of fiberglass brush, and Faber-Castell Pitt pens.  I used the black pen for correcting mistakes, and various gray shades to add depth and dimension.  The leather and fabric textures were done by “whitening” out the shape with a fiberglass brush and X-Acto Knife, and then going over them with pale gray pens to obscure the individual marks and give the surface a soft, even texture.  In the leather parts, I went in stages.  White out, soften with pen, white out, soften with pen, and finally ended with bright, worn spots where they were needed.

Draft Horse Finished CR

Some close ups for those interested in seeing the details. 🙂

Draft Horse 12 - Finished - Crop 3 CR

Draft Horse 12 - Finished - Crop CR 2

Draft Horse 12 - Finished - crop CR

Thank you to everyone who followed along and commented along the way.  The company makes me happy.  I hope you’ll join me for the next work in progress!

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2015 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Draft Horse WIP 2

Maybe I’ve said this before, but horses have always been my first love as a subject for art.  The beauty, strength, and loyalty of them is just incredible.  To draw them and try to capture these traits is a wonderful challenge and a joy every time I draw a horse.

I’m making slow progress on this showy draft horse.  The bit, bridle, and halter are slowly beginning to show, and there is more form to the mouth and muzzle, as well.  My stipple technique seems to have followed me into the scratchboard realm, as that seems to be my overall approach to this drawing.  I just enjoy the motion, as well as the appearance of it.

I’m making steady progress on a pen and ink drawing, as well.  I’m debating whether to post that as a WIP, or just reveal the finished piece later.  Can’t decide. 🙂

Draft Horse WIP 2 - CR

Thank you for looking!  Happy March! 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2015 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Draft Horse WIP 1

Hello readers,

It is about time to do some drawing again.  I’ve actually started two new drawings, one of a rooster (stay tuned for more on that), and this one.  This is going to be a draft horse, a strong, elegant draft horse in a dazzling, gleaming harness.  It will be complex and detailed, which is a good thing.

This is a scratchboard, measuring 8×8 inches.  The only tool I’ve used so far is a #11 X-Acto knife.  The fun has just begun.  I hope you’ll enjoy following along as I work on this.

Draft Horse WIP - CR

Thanks for looking.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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