Monday 15 November 2010

Rose and Tango

I think this will be the last post until I have finished. Just Tango's head and the background to do now. I am leaving the head for tomorrow morning when I am fresh....I will need to concentrate for the bits and bridle.

 A little more done, not too much more to do, just the most dificult part, the bridle and bits etc, I will need a very, very sharp pencil to get nice crisp lines. I think that part will take a fair amount of time. I am looking forward to doing the head though.

A small update....not too much to show for 3 hours work, I spent most of it adding  more detail, veins and muscles and layering in darker tones etc.

At last I have something to post. It's been way too long since I last had a pencil in my hand.

This is a commission for a friend, Rose and her and her beautiful horse Tango, bought by a group of her friends for her birthday. (The portrait, not the horse.)
The photo was taken by her partner Jon.

It measures roughly 16" x 12". 
Pencils: Faber Castell Polychromos
Support: Fabrianno Artistico HP.

Around 5 hours of work so far. The scan is not great, but the colours are fairly accurate.


  1. This piece is already looking amazing and your not even halfway through it yet!
    Brilliant work - i cannot wait to see its progress and of course, to see the finished result :)

  2. Thanks RLT, it is a long time since I last did a horse, but I guess it's like riding a bike, you don't forget how.......:)

  3. Lots of movement in this, even in the early stages. Lovely work Bev.

    I started out by drawing horses, but these days fewer than 10% of my commissions are equine ... so sad as they are my favourite subjects. Look forward to seeing this one progress.

  4. Thanks Pauline.

    Thanks Sue, I agree horses are one of my favourites to draw, I used to get a lot but don't anymore, and haven't done a horse for a long time, so its nice to do such a beautiful animal.

  5. Hi Bev
    this looks excellent. Love the shining fur and dark shadows. It looks so smooth, almost like its done with watersoluble colored pencils :)

  6. Thanks Lene,
    No, no watersoluble pencils used... all dry and lots of layers and a little blending here and there. I am not a huge fan of ws pencils, I always think I should use watercolour paints if that's the effect I wanted.


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