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Color Pencil Drawing - Realistic Horse

Updated on November 12, 2013
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First step of the drawing

Hi, welcome to this tutorial or step-by-step guide in which we ment to make a great colored drawing, regarding little tricks and issues to better draw in a realistic way. Let's us make our first Horse Portrait in color pencil!

To begin, we will start by choosing the image. It is appropriate that it's free of copyright. We just look for the Google and filter the search results in order to obtain images with better quality.
If you find an image that we like and that has copyright, it's always respectful to send an email and ask the author (normally a photographer), if we can use the image in question and for what purposes. If accepted, we cannot forget to mention the source (naming the Author).

Drawing the outlines

Don't worry about the paper. We can choose between the normal white to a light brown. In this case we will use a cream color Canson textured paper with 180gr.
At this stage we will focus on drawing the outlines. For this there are many techniques. We can draw from observation, with parchment paper or projector. Anyway, the point is that we feel comfortable in order to draw accurately.
Here we can take our time we want. We must not forget that at this stage it is very important we draw the correct proportions, to note details, that later we will fill in.

Wip 1
Wip 1

Let´s start the real work

Our approach to the drawing begins by choosing the main color.
In this case we choose a medium brown. We will draw the first layer by filling the inside very lightly, we need our outlines to be seen. Now we will blend it with a paper stump or a clean towel, NEVER with our fingers, because our skin has fat, which would be attached to the paper and would alter the reaction to the pencils.

Wip 2
Wip 2

Adding some detail...

In this layer we will add details, drawing small stocked with the direction of the animal's fur. We will use a darker brown pencils or even black pencil. We must not forget to blend lightly, each time we fill.
After we finish drawing one area, we will further another area.
It is important not to hurry, because we will not have an immediate result in the first strokes.

Wip 3
Wip 3

Just keep going...

The process may seem a bit repetitive, but as we draw, we will also realize more details to be added in areas already filled.
Normally, I personally usually make breaks of 30 to 30 minutes. This will allow us to see "mistakes" and correcting them. You may also want to see how the drawing is becoming, by observing from a distance.
Our enthusiasm will also increase gradually. And this is the pleasure we have when we want to execute a drawing we want to be realistic

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Wip 4

While adding white...

As you have noticed, the white is also part of our color palette.
The white color will rise the contrast we want. By adding it directly over the brown and yelow strokes we've made and blending it, we will start to get the bright zones. It's where the light is focusing our horse.

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Wip 5

Keep adjusting the tones and values...

We will continue to adjust tonal values ​​and to obtain more and more contrast. That's our goal!
In any realistic drawing, what stands out is its contrast, brightness and depth.
By respecting these rules, we can give volume to our subject, the horse.
Clearly, much depends on ourselves if we can capture these values ​​according to what we see, or not.

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Wip 6

Almost there...

We are about to finish this beautiful drawing. Together, with patience, we are more prepared now, so we draw better next time.
We cannot expect wonderful results at the first attempt. But with persistence and love for art and design, we will be better and better draw.
We'll better understand where we went wrong, where do we draw better, which was the hardest part to draw or interpret from the image.
All these questions should arise after we have drawn. It is this experience that will enrich our artistic vein!

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Wip 7

Our Final Result!

We've done it!

Now, it remains to finishing our masterpiece, using a fixative. I recommend a matte fixative for charcoal and pastel.

How to apply the fixative:

1 - We must make sure that the spray comes out uniform because if drops out, you can tarnish the drawing!
2 - Shaking the can before, we start by putting spray in horizontal rows, from left to right and back again to the left.
3 - repeat the process, but now in vertical rows, always involving the entire drawing. We wait until it dries.
4 - We continue to spray it in this way, we pass up with a bit of cotton or paper blank, and not tarnish.

Attention depending on the type or brand of spray we use, it may be necessary to put more or less fixative. In my case, it took five horizontal and vertical layers, until it was fully isolated and protected.


The Final Result
The Final Result

I hope you enjoyed as much as i did and please practice a lot. The more we practice, the more realistic, or at least the better we draw!

Until the next Hub!

David C.

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      Tess 3 years ago

      Hi - really informative and beautiful drawing. I am going to try and draw my friend's horse and have been scouring internet for help and advice. Would you be able to let me know the coloured pencils that you used to great effect to get the lovely tonal coat of the horse. Many thanks Tess from the UK

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      melafx 3 years ago from Portugal

      Hello Tess!

      I'm happy you felt inspired to draw a horse of your own!

      The pencils i used were Derwent Graphitint pencils.

      I bought them to try them out, and they are much like graphite pencils, althought they can be dilued with water. I didn't use water on it.

      These 24 pencils case, have dark colours only, whitch warm colours like red or yelow, you have to use colored pencils instead!

      Hope i've managed to help you out.

      Feel free to contact me for further info.

      Cheers

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      Tess 3 years ago

      Hi - many thanks for your reply. Struggling big time with drawing of horse! Sorry to be a pain, but did you use a wide range of colours, or it looks like from your instructions, you only use a limited pallet and increased the tone with layering. Sorry to have to ask so many questions, but promised this picture for a friend and it's beginning to look like a multi-coloured cartoon drawing at the moment!!

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      melafx 3 years ago from Portugal

      Hi again :)

      It's a plaisure to help you, don't worry.

      I didn't used a wide range of colours, but like you said, i used several layers of tone. The main colour was the brown one interspersed with a darker brown and a lighter one and also black very lightly, to shade particular areas. But don't forget, i used a toned paper on purpose, to help giving a neutral tone between dark and light. Resuming, for the main colours, without counting with the whites and blacks, i used 3 tones of brown!

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