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    01-04-2010, 03:22 AM
I can 100% relate to you re drawing just for the money. It's happened to me before as well, I had a few debts to pay off, needed money, so dropped art prices and picked up more work, and tried to get them finished asap. I stopped spending hours just observing the photo's supplied to me, trying to understand the animals personality. I just drew what was in front of me, a 2 dimensional 'non-existant' pet that I had no connection with.

Now I adivse all clients that they MUST be prepared to wait up to a few months depending on my work load. I like to take in the photographs, question the owner about the personailty of their pet, funny habbits, etc. then REALLy stare into their eye, so that I feel as though the animal is staring back at me. THEN I can start drawing, because I feel as though I am drawing a real, live animal that is sitting before me.
I may be considered a bit of a looney but I also talk to my subject while I'm drawing it, helps me to stay in the notion that my subject is real and alive!
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    01-04-2010, 03:28 AM
Haha! I always wondered if that was just me! The Denver commission (the first image in the thread) I got two months in advance and spent at least a month and a half just studying the horse. I'd open the couple images she sent me, and just study how the horse moved (as well as you can with a 2D photograph!). I sketched out lots a really loose doodles, and because there was a pretty heavy language barrier, developed my own personality for the horse. When I draw, I alway have the image in motion, if it's a cantering horse, I see the strech and contract motion in the spine and neck, see the flexion in the legs, the strain of the fetlock supporting such a massive weight of the horse! Its embarressing when I'm caught doing it, but I'll find myself swaying slightly with the motion of what ever gait! My roommate thinks I'm a loon, but you know what? It works for me! Haha!
    01-04-2010, 03:50 AM
Hahahahahahaha don't worry you're not the only one that imagines the motion of the horse!! I don't do it with other animals, only horses because I know how they move and know how theyre muscles feel when they move.
I struggle with horses that don't look to have the best paces, too much of a dressage nazi I think, I always give the horse better paces than what it has!
    01-04-2010, 04:07 AM
Haha, I know - after becoming a conformation geek, it's hard to MAKE myself give horses faults. But, that's what makes them individuals I guess. Lol, if they all had perfect conformation then all horses would be GP dressage horses and amazing jumpers etc.! No fun in that!

(Lol, are you an insomniac like me? I always hate it when everyone dissapears on forums at 12am. It gets boring, but good time to draw without distraction!)
    01-04-2010, 06:34 AM
I have times when I am.... depends on when I've been working. When I have days off, my mind is going a million miles an hour. I'll try to go to bed, but then I suddenly feel the need to finish a commission and I'll be up till 2am. But seeing as a have to be up at 4.30am some mornings a week for work, that's not a good thing :S
I'm probably on the other side of the world to you, an Aussie ;), so at least I'll be online when you're up in the wee hours haha!
    01-10-2010, 11:44 PM
Haha - Well, I decided to video me sketching one of those quicky sketches of mine just for fun. I sound like a man... Haha.
But anyhoo - just a crappy video taken on my macbook (hence the lovely angle)! Please ignore my rant in the beginning - I'm a dork. :)

    01-11-2010, 12:50 AM
Wow, you both are so much like me. I too liked to know as much about the horse I am drawing as possible. I have been known to make the face of the horse as I draw it. I am sure I look quite rediculous when I do that, but my number one goal is to take a piece of that horse's soul and transfer it to paper. Technique comes next. I am still struggling to take my time on my drawings, but sometimes I just let loose as I become wrapped up in the emotion of the drawing. I am getting better about stepping away from the drawing periodically to get a different perspective, but I used to do an entire drawing in one sitting.
    02-04-2010, 12:54 PM
It's amazing how college consumes your life!!! I managed to get out to the stables yesterday and NOT have to actually be out their doing something; so I brought along my new sketchbook (always love filling new ones; though I don't know if it's just me but the first page I always end up messing up and it SUCKING MAJORLY... Haha) and did some life sketches of the hunter horses during their lessons. Really tired to capture the individual personalities of each horse.

From left to right, top: Catch and Number, bottom: Walter and Devon.

My personal favorite is Catch's. Haha, he's such an old man and a typical GRUMP! I think I captured that perfectly. They were working on flat work and turning with their haunches and crossing over in the front. He was boredddddd. Haha.

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