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
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I recently found myself packing everything I owned into far too few busted up boxes and hauling them (crammed in the back of a horse trailer, no less) away to a new home. At the time I was pretty fumed about having to move in the first place, but after a few short weeks in my new place, I've once again found myself saying "everything happens for a reason".
This school semester at Paier is so close to its closing. Just a few more finals to spit out and then - SUMMER. Oh, glorious summer. Inspirational as ever, considering I would have rather bundled myself up in fleece and hibernated for the last 6 months than deal with the snow we were given this past winter. No matter - finally I can set up my paints in the warmth of the sun and the beauty of its lighting and just PAINT.
In addition to the changing of seasons (and homes), I have some new prospects that are very promising, and I'm hopeful that my break into the big art scene is right around the corner. Only time will tell, I guess. But while we're waiting for this monumental event, I'll be doing some BIG things over the next few months that I'm EXTREMELY excited about. I'm so anxious to start them and get this show on the road! I'll also be leaving all my readers hangin' until the pictures are made available. =P
Thats all for now, folks.
PEACE AND LOVE.
I eat, sleep, and breathe art. I'm fond of horses and put ketchup on everything. =]