Hi there! At the moment, I’m really getting into horse artwork. I find drawing and painting really therapeutic, and I’m lucky to have some great subjects (my horses) readily available.
I know that plenty of you will have a similar interest, and may just be starting out. So I thought I could pass on some of my knowledge. I’m just learning myself, but I think because I’ve spent so much time with horses painting them comes a little more easily.
Paint with me!
Today I’m going to show you the different stages of a piece of horse artwork in progress. We’ll use one of my recent watercolor pieces, “Golden Horse in Water”, as an example.
Horse Artwork Stage 1 – Base Layer
With this first layer I’ve kept the colour palette really simple, just outlining the horse. I really wanted to show movement here, and it’s important to start that at the base layer.
Horse Artwork Stage 2 – Highlights
I love how the mane and tail looked in this stage but as I kept working on it, you’ll see later, they didn’t quite match the flow and the speed of the horse’s movement so I completely changed the location of the mane by the last stage.
Horse Artwork Stage 3 – Background
Normally, the background is done first. Initially I wasn’t sure if I wanted to have a background on this painting or just to leave it blank. While doing it, I opted for a background so added it in!
Horse Artwork Stage 4 – Warmth and Definition
Up to this point, I was getting the shapes and everything right. In this stage, I’m hoping to bring the painting to life. It’s coming along. The last stage – stage 5 (which I will be adding below shortly) will be the finishing touches. You might notice that I need to reduce the size of the ear on the right side of the painting and the mane looks a little bit too thick at the moment to be “realistic”. I also want to add just a tiny little bit more yellow to the background. Hopefully it turns out well!
Now give it a go yourself!
Happy riding (and painting!)