This portrait was completed from the client’s own photo reference which made life very easy for me as the photo was lovely. I just had to remove a human and crop a little!
|The finished painting, pastel on velour 14″x18″|
|The background is quite simple, blurry bits
are quicker to do! I can paint quite loosely filling
in the darkest areas first with the lighter colours
going on top.
|Still lots of trial and error on the colour. I’m trying to see
the lower layers of the coat and put that down first.
|Starting to join those areas between the muscles up.
Still working with the darker shades and moving
|Finally some of my highlights start to give form to
|Velour is a lovely surface for animal portraits and
especially horses I think as it feels quite
like a horse’s soft muzzle.
|Onto the detailing on the straps. Pastel pencil is
great for defining these areas and I use the bigger
Unison pastels for the main colours. I can neaten it up
after with a pastel pencil or blender.
Hope you enjoyed the progress of this. I feel I learned a lot from this commission so I hope I get to put it into practise with some more horses in the near future!