Saturday, 26 March 2011

Finished Commission

I have been very busy lately with the horse and doing a commission for someone which i didn't want to post until i had completed it as not to give anything away! Have recently been to another competition with Glider at which he was 2nd and i was over the moon with him. Have our next one a week tomorrow and i am busy trying to remember my dressage test and hopefully going XC schooling next week with Kate for some more preperation.

Have been doing a commission piece of a terrier which has gone well i think, i am very pleased with how it came out and i'm glad to say it was liked by the lady that asked me to do it. This is only the second piece i have drawn for someone else so i feel i am moving forward now with my drawing. I really enjoyed doing this piece as the dog was very cute and had a very cheeky little face which was fun to try and capture. I managed to take stage shots as i went along, however haven't managed to get a decent final scan yet but i think the photos show enough of the picture to get the idea of how it turned out.

Coloured Pencil on Fabriano
Artistico Watercolour Paper

Unfortunately the first stage picture was taken in evening light and so does not show the true colour of the paper and piece which is closer to the final image.

So with this piece finished, i am now looking for my inspriation for my next piece. I have a couple of other commissions possibly coming up which hopefully i can stuck into soon, but in the meantime i think some more shots of the horses at the yard will be required. Something a little different this time hopefully.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Finished Drawing

I finished the Dressage Horse drawing last night and i am really pleased with how it came out. Having not worked with coloured pencil on coloured paper before, i was pleased it went as well as it did. I definitely would like to do some more work on coloured paper in the future. I managed to get a decent scan of it today and so here is the final picture.

Currently Untitled
Coloured Pencil on Black
A4 Watercolour Paper 2011

I am about to get going on a commission piece next which i am quite excited about. The dog that is the subject of the piece is very cute and i think he will be a lot of fun to draw. Not sure what will be the next piece after that, but i have a couple of ideas lined up which will hopefully keep me busy.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Latest Drawing Update

Didn't have much time to work on the drawing over the weekend, had our first one day event of the season on Friday last week and we had a brilliant day. Had a 30.5 dressage and a double clear to finish 2nd in our section. I was very pleased with Glider and my friend Kate on her horse Robin did really well too with a good dressage and a double clear jumping. It was a very good day had by both of us and now i can't wait to get to the next one which is in a couple of weeks time. Have college this weekend, so i will be using every morning i can to practise my test and try and improve before the next one. Plus me and Kate are going to try and get out XC schooling next week which will be fun, lets just hope the weather holds out for us!

So here is the latest update on the dressage horse. I have finished the whole front of his head and bridle, other than the reins. I have started to move onto the neck now and so i'm starting to get towards finishing. Hopefully i can do some more tonight.

Dressage Horse on
Black WC Paper WIP

Will hopefully add another update tomorrow as i plan to try and do a bit more on this tonight if all goes well.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Triumphant Travelling and New Drawing

Me and mum took Glider out for another trip in the lorry today and we moved the second partition slightly closer to him, had him tied up with his haynet and i sat in the living away from him this time and he was brilliant. Even ate his hay this time. Stayed very relaxed and travelled on his own the whole time with no problems at all, i think he is starting to get his confidence back. So at least we can get to Aston on Friday now, hopefully after another journey out tomorrow, we might be able to get Robin in too for Kate!

Had a pretty fun schooling session with him today, he was very lively and slightly strong to begin with but soon got his head into work mode and did some lovely work. So i am hoping it will bode well for our test on Friday. Going to hopefully give him a little jump in the school tomorrow before we go on Friday as he will have Thursday off to save his energy, though these days he seems to be full of jumping beans, so may have more energy than i anticipate him having on Friday! Can't wait now, it's so close, bring on the season!

On the art front, i started another drawing yesterday. I thought i would go for something slightly different and do a bit of an experiment which seems to be going quite well so far. I decided to try using the coloured pencils on black watercolour paper. I am using a mixture of Faber Castell Polychromos and Derwent Coloursoft pencils, which both seem to be working quite well over the black paper. I am finding that i don't have to put too much light under the darker colours but with the coloursoft can just highlight over the top if i need to which creates quite a nice look. I'm aiming to be able to blend the really shaded areas of the horse into the background so it creates a real atmospheric look and makes the front of his face stand out more. So i have managed to do the whole of the front of his face so far, including his lower lip and chin and the nose band and brow band.

Coloured Pencil on Winsdor & Newton
Black Watercolour Paper WIP

I am planning to work on this some more tonight and will hopefully be able to take the next stage picture tomorrow morning when there is some daylight to use to take a better picture. I am quite excited to finish this piece now as it's different to anything i normally do and i'm hoping it will make quite an impact when it's complete.