How to Draw a Horse
Question
The artist first draws a horse from looking at the __________________ of the photograph.
Hi! I am Mark Keathley, America's Artist and today I want to show you how to draw a horse.Before we start, grab your favorite pencil, charcoal. I am using a wax pencil and a sketch pad, find a horse picture that you want to draw and we will work at this same together.The first thing you will notice is I am looking all the time in my photograph off to my left and I am trying to discover what I call negative spaces. I am not actually going to draw this horse, if I am drawing a horse; I am going to draw the horse from drawing the negative spaces. That's the shape that I am seeing underneath the horse between its front and back legs and now I am going to draw that shape that I see between its front legs, but notice again how many times I look at the photograph. I want to get that shape correct.Now focus on the thickness of that leg and the angles. I am looking at the angle here not so much the shape is the overall angle; I can add the shape later. Now I am pretty happy with the overall shape of this. Now I can come back and start honing in some details, and again, I am just going to look and study and constantly be watching that photograph to see if I am in the right spot. All I am going to do right now is separate the light from the dark. I am not going to try to do anything, but the darkness that I see, and when I shade these dark areas, you will begin to tell where the sunlight is coming from. Again, I want to recap and to say that when I draw, I am looking not just at the form, but at the negative space between, and when you get the negative space to accurate, then your proportions all fill out.Then shading, you decide what is in the light and what is not in the light, and I can't figure that out, I have to look at my photograph. And once I look, I can study and find out where the light is and make it happen, and that's how things look real and believable. Now I want to demonstrate something, if I were to continue this further, I am going to demonstrate some thing that's called contour shading to try to make this neck look round here instead of shading along the line this way, it would have been better to have shaded it this way.
Now back with the drawing that we are doing. You can see as I have done some contours in here that actually makes the muscles start to look round and have some form to them. It doesn't take much, the act turns it into things, all by itself and that's how you draw a horse.