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Cheyennes mom 12-19-2010 11:51 PM

drawing horses...
Hey guys!!
So I really wanna get better at drawing horses, but whenever I try somethings are so good but then something else just sucked.
Do you have any guidelines on like, how you should draw the head, or like the back or whatever?

tinyliny 12-20-2010 01:03 AM

Cheyenne ,

I have enjoyed your many posts. If you are serious about a serious reply, then I will lay it on you.
I have been drawing horses since ever I can remember. And have drawn more than I could possibly count. What happened to them? 99% of them got thrown in the garbage. But, I learned from each attempt and that is my number one piece of advice to you;
Get some really cheap paper, some good pencils or other drawing medium that you like, and draw and draw and throw away. You see, if you worry about the finished product, it will become so precious to you that you will be afraid to strike out and make mistakes in the the effort to try new things. Never let the blank, white paper stop you. Don't worry about what comes. You pick up your pencil, hover over the paper and think about a horse; maybe stretching it's head down to graze. Or, striking off in a canter. Feel the way that the horse shifts it weight and where and how the energy flows from the first foot on the ground to the next and the next. It is this line of energy that you will want to draw first. Kind of like the spine and the leg from which the horse is pushing off. Everything else will flow from there.
Don't go too slow. move briskly and if it isnt' right, toss it aside and draw another. just go and go and see what comes out of the spirit. Out of 10 or 12, you may get one good one. But it will be alive!

SkyeAngel 12-20-2010 10:37 AM

I agree with tiny, most of the drawings I've done have been thrown out, it takes a LOT of practise, so just keep trying.

A tip i give people who are struggling a little with outlines is to print out a reference pic and draw a grid over it. Then grid out your paper in the same way and draw it square by square, this way you are focusing carefully on each section. After a lot of practise you will be able to pay more attention to each line of your reference picture without having to draw the grid.

I also have another friend who swears by turning their reference picture upside down and drawing the whole thing upside down. Her reasoning is that it's very easy to have an image in your head of what you THINK a horse's head/back/whatever looks like, and so you don't really concentrate on the image. By doing it upsidedown shereckons you don't see it as a horse any more so you forget about preconcieved ideas and just draw what you see, making a better drawing. Personally i haven't tried it but it works for her

I hope some of this can help. The most important thing is: practise, practise, practise!

Cheyennes mom 12-20-2010 06:10 PM

thanks guys!
I'll try some things and see how they turn out :p

ladybugsgirl 12-20-2010 06:58 PM

wow tinyliny written well. I have also drawn circles and piece it together.

ladybugsgirl 12-20-2010 07:07 PM

here is a website that might help....
Drawing a Horses Front Legs on the left under The Animals there is a listing for horse art and they give you tips on anatomy, drawing the front and hind legs etc...

Cheyennes mom 12-20-2010 07:11 PM

oh cool thank you!

Cheyennes mom 12-21-2010 08:20 PM

here are some pics that I randomly drew. Sorry 'bout the quality.

Try #1 was good except that it turned out looking like a mule. The farthest back leg was really good though.

Try #2 wasn't too bad. The neck could be longer and the horse looks preggo, but other than that...

Try #3 was supposed to be a gallop, but it ended up looking like a trot...

Try #4... Like I said, I tried.

Try #5 looked a bit better than number #3. This was suposed to be a canter...

Try #6 was supposed to be an Andalucian. the butt was too high and it wasn't stalky enough...

that's all that I did yesterday. I just grabbed a book of horses and tried to draw the pictures :p I'll give it another go tomorow, but do you have any tips for me? Thanks!!

P.S. I'll be making a post for drawing requests and seeing if I can practice with some people's horses. I'll post a link to it once I got it going! :)

Cheyennes mom 12-21-2010 08:27 PM

tinyliny 12-21-2010 08:56 PM

Your canter horse is on its' right lead and it's bearing weight on the strike off leg. It looks like it's moving. I like that. You can really add a feeling of movement by having the tail and main "wave". You know because the horse move up and down, and the mane and tail stream out behind him, they , too , will have an up and down Wavelike form, not just straight lines. Unless the horse is in a really fast gallop, then the long tail/mane tend to stream out in straight lines.

the Andalusian's head is really nice, it has the convex shape just perfect.
Maybe you'd like to just draw a head like that next time.

Press harder with your pencil and let the lines be darker and lighter; darker means it's more important; either bearing more weight or is a line of energy and movement or you can use line thickness to help with three dimentionality.

Good work.

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