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 eat, sleep, and breathe art. I'm fond of horses and put ketchup on everything. =]