Oh my, 12 weeks and I’m finally presenting to you the final results of Gentle Compassion.
This was a great exercise for me to engage in and so glad that Lisa, from Zebra Designs and Destinations (http://playamart.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/timeout-difficult-lessons/), encouraged us to begin drawing again. Wonderful way to get focused on details and seeing what’s really in front of me and draw it out.
The title came about from a feeling I got immediately from a reference image that I based this drawing off of, definitely a connection between horse and human thus the title, “Gentle Compassion.” The photographer/artist Ruth Archer, of pmp, is known for capturing her subjects in an intimate way and bringing emotion to a flat surface. As some of you know the subject was a retired racing horse called, Pacific Reach, who recently passed away.
Graphite pencils were used for the horse, hand and fabric because I wanted the shine from the graphite to influence these three areas. Charcoal was used for the background, because it leaves a flat appearance and then work texture in. I finished it off by spraying it with a matt fixative.
Thank you for your patience with this weekly WIP, that I truly appreciate – I feel as though you all were a big influence on my sticking with this project. Thank you, here he is . . .