Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Horse Drawing: "Dutch"

Dutch was a beautiful purebred Friesian gelding at the barn where I boarded. I've never been so close to such a stunning, majestic horse. I have a real soft spot for Friesians - besides the fact that my mare is a Friesian Cross - I think they are just incredible horses. Powerful, graceful, beautiful movers and sweet, gentle dispositions- they are my dream horse.

Dutch was all that and more, and I loved just seeing his beautiful face whenever I would come to the barn.

It was a real shock when I was out of town to get an email from the Barn Owner, Shawnee, saying that Dutch had colicked over the weekend and after exhausting all possibilities he tragically had to be humanely euthanized. I just couldn't even believe it. So freaking sad! My heart breaks for his owner and I can't even begin to imagine the amount of grief she is feeling.

So when Shawnee asked if she could commission me to do a drawing of him of course I said yes. She had snapped a pic on her iphone, and while it wasn't the best photo to do a drawing from, I was able to work with it.
photo of Dutch
I had to sort of wing it with the right side of his face, so much of it was in shadow in the photo, but since I didn't want to do the entire background of the drawing dark I did my best to show some detail while also conveying that right is in shadow.
8x10" graphite on paper
copyright Kacy Michelle 2012
I'm still trying to figure out the best way to take photos of my drawings, so here are some close-ups so you can see some details:

Close up detail of the eye
Close up of the nose
I would have liked to have spent more time with it, and really figured out a better way to deal with the right side of the drawing, but I had limited time as his owner was moving to another state and Shawnee needed to get it framed still. I have a tendency to overcriticize and drag my heels on the last 10% of a piece - especially when its of a pet of someone I know (I get really insecure that I'll let them down because I know how important the animal was to them and how a peice of art can never compare to the vitality the animal had in life), so it was probably better that I had to get it finished quick. No time to psyche myself out about it.  

I didn't get to see it framed but I guess it turned out really nice (Shawnee had it matted and custom framed with rustic barn wood and room for one of his shoes to tacked to it.) I heard his owner loved it and that it meant more to her than we could know. She emailed me a week later to tell me thank you and that she was very touched by it.

Always wonderful to hear that someone is pleased and I'm happy we were able to bring her some small measure of comfort during this sad time.

1 comment:

  1. That is positively stunning Kacy!!!! you are sooooo talented!!!! r:)


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