Sunday, March 1, 2009

Breed a Week Project #8

Wild Gypsy 8" x 10" - Available

Week 8 in the Breed a Week Project is the Gypsy Vanner.

There is no direct written history detailing the origins of the Gypsy Vanner horse, but it is thought they descend from Clydesdales, Shires, Friesian's, and Dales Pony ancestry. They were developed by the nomadic Romani people of Eastern Europe and used to pull their ornate covered wagons called Vardos (Gypsies) in caravans. These horses were a great symbol of pride, strength, and honor among the gypsies. They were often the highest regarding possession among the gypsy people. Great care went into the development of the Gypsy Vanner. Further knowledge of the breed’s ancestry was lost as the gypsies rarely kept written pedigrees of their horses, and very few ever shared their knowledge with "outsiders." As civilizations and technology began to change in Europe these fabled horses began dwindling in numbers as fewer and fewer gypsies led their nomadic lifestyle. Several small groups of people began taking notice in the gypsy horses and began to form breeding programs and small local registries in an effort to preserve the breed. They were not recognized as a breed until the late twentieth century, and early twenty first century.

This one is an 8" x 10" using Faber-Castell graphite pencils. I used a 4B for the horse and his shadow, then a 2H for the rest of the grass. Then I used a tortillion to blend the top half or so of the grass to give the horizon and depth affect.


  1. Wyanne, I admire how you always take the difficult angle on a pose! Another wonderful piece, I so enjoy looking at your works!