I'm a beginning artist who just got herself a drawing kit (Walter Foster's Drawing Horses) which included 6 graphite pencils - B, 2B, HB, 2H, and H, and a kneaded eraser, tortillion, sharpener, and a sandpaper thing to dull my leads. (It also came with black paint and two brushes for highlights but I doubt I'll use them).
I read the booklet that came with the stuff, but it was a huge disappointment. It barely touched over the uses for the different types of pencils. (Basically, B is the softest and H is the hardest was the explanation) and also didn't show me where and when to use them. Also, it gave me a way to draw a horse's head, but it was very complex even with pictures. He also didn't explain how to shade (his pictures weren't really shaded - just kind of scribbled almost. I can't explain it well).
So I have all these tools and I'm not really sure how to use them. I've played around with them but I'm still kind of lost.
To add to that, I really have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to drawing horses. I'm very much a beginner. My drawings always come out flat and unrealistic, I struggle getting things proportionate. I don't really know the correct shape of the eyes or nostrils or ears, and highlights and shading? Forget it. I basically just wing every drawing I do, especially when I draw from photographs instead of just copying a pencil drawn photo like from a book.
I've tried youtube videos. I've tried art books. They're all too hard to follow and they all have different ideas and are generally frustrating.
Do any of you know of an art teacher who draws horses and puts them on the internet or something? An art DVD that you like? (As of right now, I just want to learn horses but I will branch out once I learn that) Anything that could teach someone the basics without making them want to stab themselves with their pencils?
Thanks in advance!
P.S. I drew a piglet last year (if you go to my page it's the only drawing in My Drawings :) album) for reference of how simple my drawings are. I will put up a picture of the horse I'm currently attempting, too, if anyone would like.