Author Archives: Sandra Palme

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

Black Labrador – Charcoal Dog Drawing

Black Labrador Charcoal Portrait

Black Labrador – Charcoal Portrait

Hello there,

I have decided to start posting new portraits on my blog again, as not everyone is on Facebook or Google Plus. So meet ‘Max’, a lovely Black Labrador whose owners describe him as a gentle giant. Most dog portraits are commissioned in pastels so it’s always great fun when I get to draw one in charcoal. Max’s portrait was commissioned as a birthday present for his ‘Dad’. Apparently, he loves it! 🙂
Labradors are always fun to draw and paint, I have done quite a few Lab portraits over the years, mostly in pastels. After all, Labrador Retrievers are the nation’s favourite dog breed! There are currently five Labrador portraits in my dog portrait gallery – two of black Labs (Motty and Bella), two of yellow Labs (Summer and Biene) and one of a chocolate Lab (Missy).

If you are interested in a portrait of your Labrador or any other dog or pet, don’t hesitate to contact me.