05-21-2011, 08:58 AM
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I like to use a blue/purple base for chestnuts, and build that up with oranges to get the depth of colour you need.
This is a bit more of an advanced skill though, as working out where to put the blues/purples can be a bit confusing! When I look at a photograph, instead of seeing just the main colour, like orange for a chestnut, brown for a bay etc., I instead see the underlying colours which, combined, will create the obvious colour.
Since I work mainly in pastel, this technique works well. If I tried to draw a chestnut horse just using orange and brown, it would lack the depth I try to achieve in my work.
Dapple greys are tricky, and take practice practice and more practice. I use a pale blue base and occasionally some light purples depending on the horse (or yellows, again depending on the horse) and build up from that.