Horse in Graphite..

A friend mine asked if i could draw her horse for her, i will have a go said I, but you will need to provide a decent photo for me to work from.

A few day later she arrived at work and handed me a picture, that is really nice I said, good, she said, a friend took a photo for me, now get on with it. The next decision was how much of the photo to include, as the background was rather busy and could be said somewhat distracting.

I decided to just draw the horse and leave out everything else, that way she could have a tight frame around the subject.

I used an F pencil to draw the horse and shaded using 2B, 4B,  with occasional use of a Derwent Onyx pencil,  paper stump and paintbrush to blend.

When i had finished and showed her the finished result, she was delighted with it, she took it to the local art shop and had it framed, I class that as a job well done.img_0325

She took the framed picture to the stables where she kept the horse and showed it around, i was asked to produce 4 More pictures, i am delighted to say that all 4 sold.

Dora Fitzgerald Daffyd



Wolf In Graphite..

I really enjoyed drawing this wolf, i decided that i wanted to challenge myself drawing thick fur on an animal, so I chose this subject. I started off with the outline using a F grade pencil, then once the outline was completed and all the facial features were marked in i started off doing the eyes.

They say eyes make or break a face,and while i agree i believe it is more important to make sure the proportion of the face is correct otherwise no matter how good the eyes are, it will always look incorrect. After the eyes we move on to the fur.

Wolf in graphite..

One of most important things to note when drawing fur, you have to build it up in layers, just like the real thing, and most importantly is make the fur go the same way as the fur on the actual body, or the photo you are copying from. Start off with light pencil and basically all you are doing if flicking the pencil, thick one end tapering off at the other end.

Once you have  been all over the face with the first layer start to lay on extra layers where the fur is either darker or thicker.

When filling in the nose area, i usually fill in with little round circular movements and gently move around the nose area leaving it lighter where needed.

Please let me know if you would like any stepby step pictures of my next drawing.