At this point I usually step away from the drawing for a couple of weeks. I try place it somewhere where I will catch a glimpse of it as I walk by. Sometimes I will not touch it at all, but usually I will do a couple of touches here and there to polish the piece. The touches may include making the back ground darker (or lighter), making shadows deeper, or adding a few crisp edges for definition. I then spray the piece and have it scanned to digital format ( the above is a digital photo).
This is the first piece in a new series of drawings. With Calgary Stampede and Heritage Days fast approaching it seems fitting to focus my attention on western life. Growing up on a farm, I remember how exciting this time of year always was. It was thrilling to see baby animals, new plants, mud (yes, mud was fun), and the end of the school year. Simple pleasures, it seems, but with these simple pleasures came a sense of newness and starting fresh.
14 x 17 Graphite
The brawn, or muscle and strength of the horse, was my focus in this drawing. I wanted to capture the power, fortitude, and splendor that these beautiful animals possess.
“If you have seen nothing but the beauty of their markings and limbs, their true beauty is hidden from you.” -Al Mutannabbi