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Friesian Horse pt. 6

I have been working on the Friesian Horse again! Gave the background a lighter colour so the black horse stands out more. For the eye I needed multiple references. I literally painted 7 hours (!) straight to paint the whole background because it’s such a large painting..

I have painted the eye several times, but the horse turned out to look too friendly eyed, which was not my goal. I wanted to go for a wild/fierce looking horse. Now he just looks sad.. I failed this time.. It’s hard to find such reference material. Maybe horses are friendly eyed all the time :). They certainly are for us, humans. So the eye needs some work, but first I need to find the right reference material.
To be continued…

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Painting straight lines

I’m really terrible at painting straight lines. How do I do it? Watch the video below.

  1. First: I use tape to define the line. Make sure the tape is straight and prevent paint from getting under the tape by pressing the tape well. You’ll notice this technique works better on a flat canvas than a one with a lot of structure.
  2. Then fill in the line with the correct colour. In this case: titanium white
  3. Remove the tape
  4. Correct the line where necessary with a clean brush and a little liquin.

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Sketchbook

Bought a new sketchbook at Ikea! It’s from the stunsig limited edition collection and designed by Frédérique Vernillet, a France-based illustrator with an ultra-realistic drawing style. I absolutely love the design. There is so much to see but it appears very tranquil. It’s carefully designed and well detailed. Love the expression of the wolves. They look so fierce.

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