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Leisure Painter           April 2006

Each month presents a feature from either The Artist or its sister publication, Leisure Painter.

Leisure Painter inspires, guides and encourages beginners and improvers with step-by-step instruction, as well as general advice on ways to develop and progress. Experienced and popular tutors set projects, describe their own working methods and offer helpful tips and ideas



Let's Start with Art

This month:


A simple study of a horse in coloured pencil



Yellow ochre
Reddish brown
Dark brown
Reddish brown
Dark red
Warm grey
Cool grey



Stage 1

I drew the horse in the photograph above using grey coloured pencil. (See right)


                  Stage 1


If the thought of drawing something with so many legs makes you nervous, trace it! That is how I learnt familiarity with form when I was learning to draw. Eventually you be able to do it freehand

Stage 2

I used a light covering of cobalt for what was to be the shine on the horse's back, and yellow ochre for the rest of the body to form the lighter tone underneath the dark colour.



Stage 2


Stage 3

At this stage I added the colour that was not caused by light or shadow – orange and reddish brown.


Stage 3

Stage 4

Finally, all the dark colours were added: dark brown, reddish brown and dark red. to blend the colours and soften them in some areas near the top of the back, I used pink.

The background was a mix of violet, warm grey and cool grey.



Stage 4



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