I hope it's okay for me to make one of these - I don't want to be inviting myself to a party I'm not welcome at, so to speak!
I've been really inspired by the amazing and unique artists on this site. From Kayty's fabulous pastels to Liz's instantly recognizable and seamless pencil drawings, and of course all the fantastic artists in between, you've all given me new steam! :)
I've always been purely a graphite artist, because I was terrified of color. I then gravitated towards Prismacolor pencils, and haven't gone back! But I was still wary of being bold in my color. I've been watching and learning, and have lately decided to just suck it up and try the bold mediums I've always been terrified of. First, I went for watercolor - ended up having a blast and it wasn't half bad! :) It's not a horse picture, so I won't bore you with it, but the second I get my hands on more watercolor paper I'll be experimenting!
Then came the scariest of all - oil pastels. I had three boxes of lovely German pastels, given to me by my grandparents years ago, that I had been to scared to even open. It's a shame, because when I dug those suckers out and took a deep breath, it was AWESOME. I got filthy, smearing those colors all over the place, and totally just lost myself in those brilliant, waxy colors. I never do still life, but I concocted a little scene in my head to play around with values and colors, and I'm kinda proud of it! Now I'm tackling a portrait of my horse, and have been taking step by step pictures that I'd like to share, because watching a drawing progress is fun :) I'm just using regular sketchbook paper until I can get to the art supply store, so the textures are pretty nonexistent. But it's working out alright so far.
Aaaaanywho, this is my ref pic:
And this is my first sketch of the drawing. It's too low on the paper, but I'll just trim a little off the top when I'm done to make it more even.
Sorry so many pics haha! :)