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    02-21-2010, 10:00 PM
Art Journal...graphite mare and foal


I thought I'd start an art journal for my latest commission, a whopping
18 x 24 graphite drawing of an arabian mare and foal for my friend. I have really enjoyed following Kayty's art journal and have actually learned from watching her drawings come to life!

Anyway. I have probably spent at least 2 (maybe more) hours on just the rough sketch alone! I did a first draft and after mush erasing and redrawing, I still wasn't happy with either the proportions or the orientation of the drawing. So I ran to the art supply store and bought a new sheet of paper, which as it turns out is a mildly toothed watercolor paper. I cheated and also bought tracing paper so I could just trace the old image and make neccessary adjustments and transfer it to the new paper, this time with a much better orientation. I just didn't feel like freehanding the whole **** thing again!

So here are the first two rough sketches:
1. First attempt- the mare's head is too big for her body and I did not position the sketch high enough on the paper. This drawing has not gone to waste as I plan now to use this drawing as an excuse to FINALLY try out those watercolor paints I bought a bazillion years ago, but have been too afraid to actually

2. Rough sketch for the graphite drawing
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    02-21-2010, 10:12 PM
Green Broke
Stinning picture can't wait to see the finished product!
    02-21-2010, 11:37 PM
Hey Liz~So excited to see how it turns out! 18x24?! That's huge =)
I always think the rough sketch at first is the hardest thing for me-meaning the most frustrating. It rarely works out on the first try and I get so angry at it. I restart and restart til I'm satisfied. And most of the time when I'm flipping back through those old rough sketches...there's nothing wrong with them. All me Oh well.
Look forward to progress. I love these threads too. It's awesome to see the process and learning tips and tidbits.
    02-23-2010, 12:43 AM

Here is tonight's progress, but unfortunately my camera battery is dead and I had to settle for a pic taken on my cell phone. Basically I am just trying to get used to a much more toothed paper than I am used to. I am not sure if I want to keep going with this drawing and see how I feel about the roughness of the paper, or just start over again on a smoother surface. I kind of like the effect of the rough paper, but this is definitely out of my comfort zone.
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    02-23-2010, 01:13 AM
Green Broke
I think you will be pleased with the finished result of the more toothed paper, I personally prefer it to a smoother paper when I am doing a graphite sketch... Plus it adds a skill to your repertoire and gives your client a little more option when you become more comfortable with a different texture of paper...
    02-23-2010, 02:18 AM
I don't recall working with a rough paper I can't contribute much there. But I'd keep looks beautiful!
    02-23-2010, 02:22 AM
You are soooo amazing
    02-23-2010, 01:35 PM
Don't know if it's the rough paper...or just the sketch in general, but that mare's neck looks soo soft. Each time I look at the drawing, I keep thinking I'd love to stroke her neck.
    02-23-2010, 01:40 PM
Waw, great drawings. The dimensions of horses lying down are difficult to get, so good for you! They look great
    02-23-2010, 02:00 PM
Looking great!

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