I wanted to share some new artwork I did. I work with sumi (chinese ink) and paint on either rice paper or watercolor paper. I did the following for a donation to my saddle club's fundraising silent auction and was pleased to see that they fetched around $40 each. Considering the rather poor quality of frame we used (think dollar store) I was very tickled to see the bid go that high. It's funny how we artists often don't value our work as much as others do.
For me, drawing horses isn't about drawing an absolute likeness of any particular horse. I have no such patience or skill. It's about capturing the essense of their spirit and movement. If the anatomy is off here and there, I dont' care so long as the overall feeling is accurate and engaging to the viewer.
I cannot erase in doing these, so I stop, think about a horse in a certain pose and 'fee" how it would feel if it was my body doing that. And then I proceed drawing first either the major line of motion, such as the back and neck, or the place that would bear the most weight, hind end and shoulder. The finer details come last.
For each picture that is successful, there are 6 or 7 that just don't come out right, and since I cannot erase, there is nothing to do but throw them away and start over. If I slow down and try to be TOO careful, I lose the immediacy of the drawing and it becomes "dead". If I go too fast, it's just plains sloppy. Balance, isn't that what it's all about?
And here are a few that I had already posted on another thread but will insert here to keep them together.
Thank you for your patience.
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