Thanks to the incredible heat wave that we've had over the last week, I finally got a chance to sit down and draw something on paper again. Sitting indoors doing boring university work didn't sound too tempting, so I decided to draw a little portrait of my OC Arabian mare Chrysanth, who I haven't drawn for well over a year now! I know there's something not quite right with this portrait, so I would prefer if people didn't start pointing it out..
THE MAKING OF "Dark Passion"
Tools: 6B & 4H pencil, B 0.5 mechanical pencil, 100 gsm paper Time taken: 7 hours Original size: A4 Credit: Pose referenced from photograph
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I should have commented this one for a long time ago, but bette later than never, huh? : ) This is stunning, as all your drawings. I just don't understand how you can make it look so real, so... fantastic. This is a beautiful example of why I love you and your art!
First question - how do you not smudge the drawing while shading it in to such extensive detail? That question has boggled my mind for years and has, on more than one occasion, discouraged me from putting in too much detail to my drawings because of fear of smudging it all up... The detail and the expression are wonderful. The horse appears like it is almost surprised by something that she sees perhaps on the other side of a fence or border or something. The expression is subtle but definite and easy to quickly understand.
Thank you I usually worry a lot about smudging my drawings too, which is why I nowadays always start by putting only the essential lines down before I go all in on detailing in one go. I always start from the left hand side of the paper, since I'm right handed, so my hand is always out of the areas that have already been drawn. If necessary, I turn the paper around as well. Towards the end, if I need to add any extra bits of detail, I put a clean piece of paper over the majority of the picture and position my hand over it, careful not to pull or drag it. That way it remains mostly smudge-free
Try having a blank piece of paper under your drawing hand. That way, as long as the paper stays in roughly the same place so that it itself doesn't smudge the drawing (Unless of course you need to move it to focus on another part of the image), you can add as much detail as you want with your hand only moving around on the blank paper, not the drawing paper. I'm not good at explaining things but I hope that helps.
Gorgeous work. You've managed to portray that characteristic Arabian grace & elegance perfectly, and I love how smooth you've made the shading on her neck with just the right amount of texture thrown in on her muzzle.
Insane shading work here, Malin! Beautiful sheen on the coat, and the ears are really well drawn (hard to do!). I think the nose is a bit off...the right nostril is far down, maybe? The nostrils in general are too far forward on her muzzle. Other than that, this is stellar!