This is the horse you will be drawing. So that you’ll have the horse to look at as you draw, print it or save it to your computer.
The drawing style I teach in this lesson is worked in steps. The steps build on each other to create value and detail.
Pencil Hardness Grades
Use the right hardness of lead for the value. If the lead is too soft, it leaves behind spots that are darker than the value you want, and the spots are hard to blend in.
The lead hardness, or grade, I refer to in my instructions are for Berol Turquoise Eagle Drawing Leads used on Strathmore 500 Series Drawing Paper. If you don’t have the exact leads and paper I’m referring to, take note of which grade of lead makes each value on your paper and then substitute those lead grades.
Strathmore 500 Drawing Paper is hard to find, so you’ll probably have to use a substitute.
Drawing paper texture makes a difference in how the pencil leads behave.
- Rough paper = a rougher looking drawing.
- Smooth paper = a smooth looking drawing.
For the level of detail in this drawing, I suggest you work on a smooth or medium drawing paper.
Detail is worked into the drawing step by step with an eye to hard edges and soft edges and how they relate to each another. The level of detail in your final drawing is up to you.
The Value Scale and Map
I’ll refer to a gradated value scale with numbers from one to ten in my instructions. “One” is the white of your paper and “ten” is the darkest black you can create on your paper without squashing the grain. (Value scales are usually numbered the opposite of mine, so you’ll need to use my system for this drawing to work.)
I put the value numbers in a line drawing to create a “value map.” Use these as a guide as you draw.