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This is one of three pieces I have on the go at the moment. She is a beautiful two year old filly. I really like the composition of this piece as it seems to show the inquisitiveness that most young horses have.

This is the initial base layer, done with dry water soluble coloured pencil, I tend to use Faber Castell Albrecht Durer and Caran D’Ache Museum Aquarell, both quite expensive but definitely worth the cost as the pigment is so rich and they are both light fast.

I add the colour quite roughly at this stage, blocking in the tones and setting down the colours, using colours that maybe others might not use for animals. My favourites for a bright bay like this are bright oranges, reds, yellows and dark red/violet. I use a sanded paper for all my pieces, it feels a little like velvet, and has a lot of ‘tooth’ which means I can add multiple layers which helps to create a richly coloured portrait full of depth and form.

This stage took me approximately 3 hours to complete, the next step will take around 30 minutes, washing over the entire drawing with water, then once dry I’ll start to add detail, which can take upwards of 25 hours.

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