Saturday, February 21, 2009

Breed a Week Project #7

Irish Dancer 8" x 10" - SOLD

Week 7 in the Breed a Week Project is an Irish Draught (pronounced "draft") horse. The Irish Draught has a long standing admiration in its native home of Ireland where the breed was developed and much sought after for his versatile traits, and good nature. During the 1800's and through the early 1900's crossing the Irish Draught with the Thoroughbred, Clydesdale, as well as Connemara, came to enhance the horse and create the Irish Draught as we know it today. Infusing these various breeds created a modern and versatile breed of horse that has tremendous stamina. Their docile, but intelligent demeanor makes them a suitable mount for beginers to experienced riders; and their supple action makes them a great mount under saddle, as well as carrying a cart through the countryside, or in competition.

I spent a couple hours on this one using just a 4B graphite pencil, keeping it fairly light. The dapples were a bit tricky and got a little lost in the barrel. For the dirt/dust kick-up I did a rough circular stroke then blended from light to dark with a torillion to try and give the effect of flying dirt. I'm not sure I want to call this one finished yet, so I'm going to let it sit for a while then revisit on a rainy day.


  1. A very difficult angle to do and you've done it so easily!

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