Behind the Scenes: Horses

I hate letting my customers down. I really do.

When I say I’ll have a piece done by such and such date, I do my best to make it happen. Usually it works out well, but there are times where life decides to get in the way.

I got this commission around the same time I was asked to do Lassie. They were both on track to be finished by the appropriate date, but if you recall from the Lassie reveal, life happened and I hurt my drawing hand. Both pieces were forced to go on the back burner for a lot longer than I had hoped while I healed.

Finally, I healed, was able to finish both pieces, and then had to wait and wait until this one was hand delivered a few days ago before revealing her. It’s been a long time coming to get here, and I’m pleased to share with you this drawing:

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Title: Untitled (Horses)

Size: 8″ x 10″

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Medium: Graphite and white ink on paper

Purpose: Commission by Cody B. as a gift to his wife, Liz

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Thoughts on this piece: It was pretty straight forward. Cody had two different pictures, one of each horse, and wanted them combined into one drawing.

Problems with the piece: Getting a good amount of contrast between the darks and lights, horses and trees, and still having it look the way it should was a struggle. There was a lot of back and forth between darkening and erasing, but I think it turned out okay.

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Fun tidbits: Cody lived down the street from me growing up; he’s like a brother to me, so it was fun getting back in touch with him while we worked on this project.

I’ve had many people ask me about doing a horse piece; I hadn’t had time to do one on my own, so this worked out perfectly.

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Product availability: I just got permission; this piece will be available as prints very soon! Keep an eye on my Facebook page for their debut.

 

I’ve done multiple dogs and now horses; what animal should I do next? Be thinking of things you’d like to see me attempt as next year I’ll be taking a full month to do a drawing a day, and I need all the help I can get coming up with a list! Let me know what should be on the list in the comments below 🙂

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