Giclée print on Fine Art paper
Limited edition of 300 S/N
14” x 11” signed and numbered
Creating horse head drawings takes a close look at the features and expression on a horse's face that you don’t get in a full-body portrait. (see detail) By the time I’m done making a drawing like this I feel like I know that horse personally and would recognize him, even though sometimes, especially on commissions, I never even see him.
One of my
favorite horse show events is reining. The grace and strength of these highly
trained animals is amazing. I have a good friend who raises and trains reining
horses, so I have lots of opportunities to see them in action. This particular
black stallion was in the warmup pen when I went to visit, his rider loosening
him up for a bigger workout in the large arena.
I watched as he was put through his paces - lots of walking and trotting mixed with a few spins, side-stepping, backing up and flexing exercises. His neck was like a rubber band, bending easily in both directions at the slightest cue. He was a big horse, and full of energy. What caught my eye was how there was all this energy bundled up in complete concentration and focus. He was like a tightly wound spring, but under feather light control.
My goal in creating this drawing was to
capture the grace and strength of this stallion as he anticipated his
rider's next move, seemingly calm but with
power simmering just beneath the surface. My drawing attempts to show that
movement with the quiet strength and
discipline he showed, keeping things under control. I thought it was interesting to watch him listen to his rider, his ears moving with every gesture the rider made.
The horse's coat was jet black. It shimmered and reflected the sun with brilliant highlights. It was very time consuming and challenging to correctly portray that look and it took many layers with my 9B pencil to get it to look that dark!