Color Pencil Drawing - Realistic Horse
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Links to other drawing hubs
- Realistic Pencil Drawing - Nailed To Time
Time passes by... But we don't have to be nailed to it! This realistic pencil drawing is all about NOT to be stucked in time, in order to move on in life, believing that will not be an end...
- Color Pencil Drawing - Eye Cat
With color pencil, is not always easy to get to our goal, to be loyal to the playback. That is, we succeed in drawing what we want. With the color pencil, the drawing becomes another dimension. After all the color surrounds us.
- Pencil Drawing - The Addiction
Pencil drawing The addiction. What addiction am i talking about? What's this glass of wine all about? Please feel free to hop by and know more about it!
- Pencil Drawing - Experiment One
This pencil drawing is about the experience and what it brings. As some dictionaries note, the experience is the knowledge acquired through practice, study or observation.