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Drawing Lesson 27, Part 3 – How to Draw a Horse Head

Discover How to Draw a Horse Head in Carbon Pencil

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In this video lesson you will discover How to Draw a Horse Head in Carbon Pencil on a toned paper.

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How to Draw a Horse Head – Carbon Pencil Drawing

When it comes to the topic of “How to Draw a Horse Head“, you can use the following tips on drawing in carbon pencil.

Considering How to Draw a Horse Head, a good rule is to do a more detailed drawing of those parts that are in the foreground, and pay a bit less attention to those further away. This method will give a real appearance of perspective, so the drawing will look more realistic and artistic at the same time.


How to Draw a Horse Head
It’s better to under shade than over shade, especially with a carbon pencil, as it is harder to erase; for example charcoal.

Thinking about tonal values when it comes to the question of How to Draw a Horse Head, always be sure to compare the tones of various areas to each other. It helps to work on various areas simultaneously, so that the whole drawing would come along as desired.

Remember, a drawing by a good artist can be left unfinished at any moment, while still looking fine and complete. This is a good skill to develop. Try making your drawings look finished enough, even if you are only half way through. This doesn’t mean though, that you need to make final polishing touches, every step of the way. The drawing could remain rough and sketchy; however, it would still look as though it was completed artwork, but left intentionally unfinished.

How to Draw a Horse Head – Highlighting the Drawing in White Wash

Thinking how to draw a horse head by highlighting in white wash, keep in mind that various white pigments can be used for such purpose. The lightest areas of the drawing can be highlighted with a white gouache wash for example. A medium size round brush is a good tool to do so.

The white wash can be done in multiple layers. The toned ground readily takes white gouache wash, and holds it well. Diluting gouache with water, you can control the strength of the white wash, as desired. In most areas, white wash starts as a thicker and stronger brushstroke, and gradually fades away into darker areas of the marble sculpture. You should wait for the white wash layer to be dry before going for another layer on top. Gouache dries reasonably quickly, generally in a matter of minutes.

Here’s another technique you may employ for white highlights – use a well-pointed brush, as you would a pencil, making white hatching, rather than using a wash. Parallel hatching, or cross-hatching, would give a nice visual effect. This technique is very similar to those used for tempera.

Only with practice will you master your fine art skills. Remember, all great art starts with a great drawing.

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