8 February 2012 (US 1 June 2012) /ISBN-13: 9781844485437
by Rachel A Hyde
Horses have been popular subjects for artists for a very long time;
one of the earliest pieces of artwork in Britain is a horse scratched
onto a piece of bone! Here is a book devoted to the subject for
all budding Stubbs.
This book features painting in watercolors and gouache, but the
skills learned ought to translate well to any chosen medium -- possibly
even making your own piece of latterday scrimshaw on a bone of your
choice as there is plenty about drawing, not only as a preliminary
to painting but in its own right.
There are lessons in here about getting under the skin of a horse
and discovering how they move and what they look like in different
positions. Poseable wooden figures of horses are expensive, so why
not make your own out of pipe cleaners, a wonderful idea. Many sketches
show how a drawing is built up out of ovals, and there are some
excellent series of simple drawings showing what a horse looks like
at the various stages of a walk, trot, canter and gallop.
All these tips are handsomely illustrated, and I found them easy
to follow-- a series of mini lessons and ideas to try out which
add up to progress at drawing a tricky animal. There are five projects
in here to test out your skills, complete with what you need to
buy and lots of illustrated stages. If you want to get to grips
with painting horses this large format hardcover book is an excellent