Day 76 #100horsesbyroxanne

After the excitement of yesterday's drawing session, I felt the urge to try it again today but this time with the horse in a different pose. I'm working from one of my MANY horse reference photos that I've taken myself. 

There was some rather tricky foreshortening going on here but I tried not to get too panicky about it. With set time limits you don't even have time to stress about the technicalities going on before you. You just have to be aware of what you're seeing and go for it and accept that there are going to be imperfections. 

I usually go to my local stables every Saturday, which is just a stone's throw away from my studio, to do some life drawing but over the past few weeks it's been so cold that the horses have had their rugs on. This makes it difficult for me to see the contours and details of their bodies so I'm waiting until the weather is warmer and I can return and spend a good few hours doing quick sketches like these. I think doing this from life will make it even more exciting and because the horses are constantly moving this exercise will definitely lend itself to drawing them outside. 

The first drawing (above) I set my timer for 10 minutes and the three drawings below I set it for 2 minutes each.  All are drawn using willow charcoal.


Gestural charcoal drawing of a horse.

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