I don't remember a time in my life when I wasn't so entertained by [creating] art that it was, by far, my favorite activity.
Buried deep in a box my parent's had bestowed upon me a few years ago, I found this collection of drawings from my very early years as both an artist, and very clearly a cowgirl (in my dreams).
Here is the cover of a short story I wrote about my "favorit" things. Page one had include my young love for horses (and apparently spotted pigs with rabbit ears?) Age 6.
And just in case you didn't get it from that story, here it is again in a different short story. I had quite a fascination with paints, in case you didn't notice. ;) Age 7
Here, I decided to give the horse a speech bubble. He says "Hacwl." I still don't know what I meant to say...
This began my love of Bays. Age 7
A red Appaloosa? Age 5
And last but not least, my horse with a dog tail ( I think...). Age 4
Fact: This is the only horse facing the right.
Twenty years later, I'm still wildly entertained by drawing. I'm still obsessed with horses. I still aspire to be a cowgirl.
Oh yea, and I still draw all my horses facing the left. =P
My last equine portrait lent itself to illustrating the steps that go into one of my portraits. So I took the liberty of snapping some of the check points during the portrait process. I hope you enjoy the making of one of my custom horse portraits!
Above: blocking in dark tones with a variety of browns, reds, purples, and some black
Below: some close views of the scribbles of pastel
Above: Almost all the base color is laid onto the paper. This is before I did any blending.
Above: I began blending large areas of the face. Still wasn't too concerned with detail. Just aimed to get the right colors and values where they needed to be.
Above: Once all the colors are applied to the paper and blended correctly, I start to apply hair texture over the base layer.
Below: Close-ups of the hair strokes of color.
LOVE THOSE WARM TONES!
Below: I added a background that complimented the warmth of the horse's coat.
The finished product:
"Sanuk" 16 x 20 pastel horse portrait on archival sanded 400 paper.
Original artwork by Jenna Wilke
Think your pet has what it takes to be an Imagine Art model?!
I eat, sleep, and breathe art. I'm fond of horses and put ketchup on everything. =]