I titled this piece "Black on Black"...
This was my reference photo that my client provided for me. Stunning photo I might add.
Its very rare for me to receive a reference photo of a horse from this angle - straight on. Typically, it's not a very flattering view because the rest of the body because foreshortened and looks goofy when recreated in a portrait.
I knew I would have to take some risks to bring this portrait to it's full potential.
(Above) A close-up of the detail for the bridle and bit.
(Below) The last steps before filling in a background were the hair in the ears, forelock, and of course those lip whiskers. :)
The Final Portrait
See how all those blues and browns stand out?
I eat, sleep, and breathe art. I'm fond of horses and put ketchup on everything. =]