Thursday, July 15, 2010

Drawing the American Saddlebred - The Forequarters

The drawing is a little over halfway finished.

The darkest shadows are again established on the forequarters.

The main muscle masses and tendons are defined and detailed. This serves as a guide to give the direction the pencil lines will follow.

Starting up at the withers the layers of graphite are applied to the shoulder and worked down through the leg until the only white paper that remains are the highlights.

The shadowed area at the withers beneath the mane is put in to finish this area. Then the shadow beneath the mane is indicated to define the edge of the mane and to set the darkest area on the neck.

Carefully remove any excess graphite and apply another layer of workable fixative is applied to set the graphite and prevent it from moving.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my artwork and I hope you will return often.