Oh boy – I’m not sure what I got myself into, but I’ve joined in with Z of Playamart http://playamart.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/timeout-for-art-drawing-paying-attention/to draw for 30 minutes each Thursday. I haven’t been drawing lately and decided it’s a good way to polish my drawing skills and discipline myself to pay attention and concentrate on my subjects – drawing always had a way of doing that for me.
So I’ve decided to use 30 minutes on Thursdays to do the exercise, only with my own take on it. Using one subject it will only be worked on for 30 minutes once/week, over time you’ll see the whole come together.
I’ve decided to do a portrait drawing of a man and his horse based on a photograph by Ruth Archer. A friend of hers takes in unwanted racehorses to give them a chance and save them from an uncertain fate. Ruth took a photograph of a magnificent colt, Pacific Reach, who is one of the lucky ones. Her image captured a moment of kindness and understanding between horse and an older gentleman that I hope to convey in my drawing.
I expect this will take me weeks, if not months to draw, if only working on it 30 minutes once/week – so over time you’ll get to see my progress and if you have patience with me hopefully the end result will be well worth the time.
What I have posted here is just a sample sketch (5×7) to get a feel for the full-sized portrait drawing. Next week I will start the actual drawing on a 9 x 12 Bristol Vellum surface.
Do you think my sample sketch below will make a good subject for this project? If so, I’ll be starting next week . . .