Some amazing artists on here - everyone's great work has whetted my appetite to do my first horse portrait. I figured I'd start with Lusty, my mare. Here's the reference photo:
And here's a quick mock-up of how I want the picture to turn out:
Note I'm omitting the crib collar I haven't decided what paper I'll use yet and actually haven't fully decided whether to do it in graphite or charcoal. I'm better with graphite and am working on some texturing techniques I stole from Brian Duey (dueysdrawings.com), so that's probably what I'll go with. Try to get started this weekend before I go out of town.