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Portrait Details


Size: 9" x 12"
Medium: Pastel painting on sandpaper
Breed: Lipizzaner Stallion
Title: His Majesty

The reference photograph is not the best quality but I love this pose. Low light conditions and a moving subject made this horse hard to capture nicely with my digital camera.




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The sketch outline and color blocking has begun. I chose a black background because I wanted to create much of the grey values by rubbing the white pastel onto the black sandpaper as opposed to adding grey pastel.

The eye details have been added and I started blocking the mane and adding highlights.  The nose is becoming more defined as I add the nostrils.


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Update 4

More pale yellow color is added to the mane and the horse's skin. The golden studs on the nose part of the bridle and the buckle have also been added. I find it very difficult to keep the white pastel from smudging on the rest of the paper. I want to refrain from using fixative as it dulls the colors.

I've smoothed out the mane to a more natural shape but the white on the shoulder and neck area  under the mane will have to be toned down a bit.  To create the "smokey" light effect at the top part of the background, I smudged with  my finger  that was dabbed into a bit of white pastel powder 


Finished Painting-click to enlarge

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A few more finishing touches and this horse  pastel portrait is now complete.




Many more wildlife watercolor, acrylic and pastel paintings, graphite pencil, colored pencil and charcoal drawings and sketches of animals and pets can be found in my art gallery. See portraits of dogs, puppy, cats, kitten, horses, pony, fancy rat, birds, elephant, butterfly, rhinoceros, jaguar, moose, raccoon, red fox, rabbit, hare, lion, zebra, owl, wolf and more. Commission an original custom wildlife painting or drawing,  dog portrait, cat portrait, horse portrait or other animal portrait today. These original, hand-made, custom pet portraits and wildlife paintings or animal drawings make wonderful memorial gifts for every dog, cat, horse or animal lover.


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