I’m just gonna say it: I think horses are harder to draw than people. Can I get an amen from anyone out there?
I attempted to draw this photo from Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd. (There are a whole bunch of images there, this one is fourth from the bottom. I’m sorry, Kathy, I know you didn’t take photos of a moose!) Horses were easier to draw in middle school when I sat in the library with my friend Laura drawing them from (mostly her) imagination! No clue why, but that’s what’s happening now.
This first sketch ^^ was drawn late at night, and although it wasn’t horrible, the head was much too short, and I wasn’t happy with the way the burnt siena Polychromos was laying down in my art journal. (It was a bit scratchy, I’ve noticed a few colors can be like that at times.) But I thought “No big deal. I’ll draw it tomorrow when I’m fresh, with a different color, and it’ll look way better.” Except not.
I first tried a Sakura design colored pencil because it was closest, and managed only a very slightly better attempt with a nougat Polychromos (on the bottom)….and they both look more like moose(s) than horses! I checked with Hub, and yes (he doesn’t sugarcoat anything), he agreed if I added antlers, they’d look more like moose. The moose is on the loose, and roaming all over my sketchpad. I guess it scared off the horses.
The good news is that this book is on hold for me at my local library. I hope to do further study, maybe draw some of the sketch examples in the book to help me along, and make another attempt. I can be pretty stubborn when I wanna be. So we’ll see how this thing shakes out.
Thanks for taking the time to look at very bad art in the meanwhile! I think I might try a chipmunk or squirrel or, who knows, maybe another bird for tomorrow. I need to draw something I am better at drawing. At this rate, I may go back to portraits for a break(!)
Sayonara, and I wish you a happier creating experience. I’ll come back fighting on the morrow! 😀