I never fail to surprise myself. Somehow, despite torturing myself for the last month finishing my kelpie book (will be posting images on the illustration and sketchbook pages) I still want to draw/paint horses and ponies. So that’s what I’ve spent the last couple of days doing. I mentioned in my previous post that I was planning on doing more painting as opposed to digital artwork, and thus far I’ve been doing a fair bit. I’m a bit rusty, but it’s gradually coming back to me. So enjoy yesterday’s pony painting!
I’m a bit late posting about it this week, but I was back with the horses on Monday, and have another load of life drawings.
I didn’t get as much done as normal, as I was pretty tired, and was enjoying catching up with friends. And of course having cuddles with the ponies. Ghost and another pony both tried to eat my sketchbook, and also got snot on it (I bet my tutor will love that!), and Ghost nearly ate my pen which would not have been good! When they realised that my sketchbook wasn’t a tasty snack, the white pony proceeded to chew my hair, whilst Ghost just turned around and ignored me. He’s such a monkey.
Last night I was, once again, at the stables for my riding lesson. And again, when my lesson was over I spent some time drawing the horses there.
This time, however, I chose to focus on the stationary horses, and looked at their faces in more detail. I am definitely stronger in that respect, but for my kelpie story I need to be capable drawing the bodies and faces of both moving and still horses.
The horses found my antics quite fascinating. Some expected me to be giving them a wee snack, and were sadly disappointed when all they got was pet on the nose. Others were much more interested, and managed to smear horse snot all over some of the pages.
The horse I ride, Ghost, was very pleased with the attention! Having stood on my foot (ouch) earlier in the evening, and then being sassy all through my lesson, he was being very pleasant! He even posed for me, although after a while he did attempt to eat my pen… I guess he was expecting a reward for being so handsome and well behaved (for once!).
More images from my session can be viewed on the sketchbooks page!
I have been passionate about horses and ponies pretty much since birth. My auntie was an avid rider, and when I was little I dreamed of being like her and competing on horses.
For many years, I couldn’t ride simply because it is an enormously expensive hobby, but in the last 6 months or so I have finally gotten into it again, after over 10 years out of the saddle.
Riding itself gives me such a buzz, and after my first lesson after Christmas this week I knew that for my next project (a picture book) I wanted it to be inspired by horses. I am, of course, fascinated by the myths and legends of Scotland, so I fell pretty quickly upon the idea of a story about a kelpie (a type of Scottish water demon).
Horses are notoriously difficult to portray well, so after I finished my lesson on Monday I watched the advanced riders in theirs. Drawing stationary horses I have no trouble with, but I struggle with horses in motion, so watching the advanced riders was a perfect opportunity to observe how the horses moved, and to see the horses’ expressions during the lesson. Next week I intend to do more life drawing of the horses, as well as possibly take some photos so I have a clearer record of their bodies than my speed sketches.
Images from Monday’s drawing session can be seen here: https://erinbarkerart.co.uk/sketchbook-work/