In addition to sweeping landscapes, I have a really hard time drawing most animals, especially the kind I don’t see every day up close. I can draw a cat out of my head, but horses? I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen any up close or in person. And although I am surrounded by birds, I rarely ever see one close enough to observe their markings or particular attributes. I must rely on photos if I need a model. Thank goodness for Google Images!
In the first sketch here I found some photos of birds in “Country” magazines in my studio, so I did very rough sketches to catch their shapes and colors. My mom wants to write a children’s book about the creatures she’s come to know in the back yard where she lives (my brother’s house in San Jose). She has all these delightful tales of the birds, squirrels, lizards and cats that visit the yard and wanted me to create some illustrations, or at least come up with ideas. So I am going to be studying these creatures often, and will post them as they come.
The interest in horses is mine, I have always loved their beautiful form and graceful movement, but being totally city-bred I did not have reason to see them enough to come to understand their anatomy. Again, bless Google for being such a wonderful artist’s resource!
Recognize this image, @breagolas ? It was such a great shot and such a beautiful horse, I had to draw it, just for practice, you know hehehe
I looked up the bone structure of horses on Google and picked up several resource images to help me understand the movement of the horse, including some that were in poses for running, canter, walk, and standing. You can see my “skeletal” notations on the horse sketch above, pretty close to accurate (I was guessing at that point). I looked at the leg bones in particular and could make sense of them by thinking of the “fore-leg” as an elongated foot with one jointed toe on the end. That may not be anatomically correct, but it helps me visualize how the bones go together and relate to the spine.
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