Project that I'm starting on hopefully it will be good enough to give my dad for Christmas. I've posted the outlines do both horses look decent enough or does anything stand out that needs to be fixed?
Thanks caitlinpalomino! I grew frustrated with the cantering horse so I made a few edits, making the face narrowed and the cannon bone on the front extended leg. I finished shading in Jessie the standing horse. That was my dads police horse.
Edit: the photo is sideways gotta fix that...
Edit edit : fixed!!
I'm afraid to start the next horse, little detail, the light source is in the wrong sport compared to the first horse. He is also darker in color which I haven't tried doing a more solid colored horse yet with the charcoal.
In the charcoal portrait, can you also see where the outlines are "fuzzy"? It takes some practice, but if you sharpen the pencil (and vary your pressure to get the values you need to go with the rest of the image) and smooth that out.
You can also suggest detail; I'll message you close-up pictures of my gray horse portrait and show you the "suggested details" that are still aesthetic but didn't take too much time. :)
Just now seeing this thread. I LOVE your charcoal drawings and how your strokes have purpose and leave me looking across the whole drawing. That's the mark of a great piece of work. It's amazing how much your drawings mature the more you post them.
Just a word of advice if you are taking pictures with a camera. It looks like a few of your drawings are not proportionally correct and I suspect it is more tha angle at which you take the pictures and not the drawing itself. I have learned the hard way that if I do not align the camera exactly straight on with the drawing, the proprotions look way off. If you want to advertise your work for future commissions, you may want to either get a scanner or make sure when you take pictures that the camera is pointed directly at the drawing and not at an angle. Your work is definitely good enough that you an start charging people for them. Keep up the good work!
Equusketch : Thank you so much! I am flattered! =) Some of these are scanned and some are from a camera. My two recent charcoal sketches are in a notebook that is 11x14 and my personal scanner is only 8 1/2 x 14 (Somewhere around that, I just know its narrow) I will try to get more straight on with the camera though. The one with the horse and rider jumping (pencil first page) and the charcoal rider and jumper is plain just out of proportion on paper. I had trouble with making the head way too small on both of those.
The fact that your suggested that I could do paid commissions just made my day. Yet I am still hesitant as I am not consistent in quality yet. Until I am constantly putting out good work would I consider doing anything paid. I always would like to be able to draw more than just a horse and possibly head gear well. I feel like I am still so narrow with my skills.
EDIT : Out of curiosity (I've been wondering) what medium did you use for your avatar? I love the solid look of it. It looks like possibly just pencil...but I'm not sure.
You don't even want to see my earlier drawings that I charged money for in the beginning...lol. I just started out very low and gradually increased my prices as I gained experience and nicer materials. I think I started out charging $15 for
8 x 11 pencil drawings and now charge $50 for the same size. You could certainly ask at least $15 for that size. And don't be afraid to turn down commissions if they are out of your comfort zone. I have a bad habit of accepting commissions that I am not 100% confident in, especially using poor quality photographs.
The drawing in my avatar was done on 5 x7" paper with no more than a mechanical pencil I got at staples and one of those blending stick thingies. I bought a set of like 10 nice graphite pencils and never really got the hang of them. I'd say a good 90%+ of all graphite drawings I do now are exclusively with a standard mechanical pencil.