Monthly Archives: November 2015

Horse Portrait – Head Study in Charcoal

I have just completed a horse portrait in charcoal (size A3) – and thought you’d like to see how it came to life! Meet ‘Cassedy’, a beautiful dark bay Hanoverian mare. I had a lovely reference photo to work from so this portrait was a real joy to draw.

Personally, I really love charcoal, especially for horses as you can achieve a very realistic effect. It’s also cool that I only need about three charcoal pencils for this kind of horse drawing, as opposed to dozens of different pencils and sticks that I need for a pastel pet portrait.

I scanned this horse drawing at different stages, as you can see below. Cassedy’s ‘Mum’ is thrilled with the charcoal portrait of her horse!
Horse Drawing work in progress
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More artwork in progress

If you would like to see more examples of my horse charcoal portraits, click here:
Horse Portraits in Charcoal