Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South Range, WI
You have a really great start. I love the liveliness you're able to convey in your artwork.
What I would recommend is to start working on proportions. For example, on the first drawing, the body on the horse is a bit long when compared to the other features, and on the second the legs seem a bit out of proportion. Some artists use a "grid" system to their proportions spot on but it was always too finnicky for me. I simply pick a feature I draw well (ears, nose, hooves, etc.) and then use that to judge whether the rest of my drawing is in proportion.
So, say you choose an ear as what you're going to base your proportion off of. You would look at your photograph and measure that the horse's nose is approximately three and a half ear-length's long. Draw your ear on your sketch, then make sure that when you draw the nose, it's about 3 and a half ear lengths long. (I hope I'm making sense!)
Also, I would recommend working on shading to create more of a "3-D effect." Generally, darker shading along the outer edges will help the horse sort of "pop" off the paper and appear more realistic. :)
Finally, definitely get a sketchbook... your artwork is more than just "doodles" and deserves clean paper without distracting notebook lines.
Really, really nice job!