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Saturday, July 27, 2013
This horse drawing marks a few firsts for me. First, this is the first horse I have drawn since becoming a professional artist several years ago. And second, this is the first scratchboard I have used metal powder on. The bridle and chest strap appeared to be leather in the reference photo, but the pattern was so intricate I wanted to make it look silver. I scratched it down to white, then added the metal powder with water or diluted ink. In the detail photo, you can see it shine a bit on the left side (it's hard to photograph, but it looks great in person).
This scratchboard is 8"x10" and the reference photo was from user elephantear at WetCanvas. The horse is a dapple grey Andalusian, or Spanish horse.