Still having fun experimenting with black and white pastels. I'm looking for the value of my reference material instead of color. This gets me thinking differently in the sketching process. It is fun to learn something new and develop ourselves. Below is the first sketch that served as a learning curve for the animal and the lights and darks. The second image is where I took the piece on black paper using white pastel and charcoal.
Beginning the Paint Horse Portrait:
Adding color and detail:
This is the finished painting of the Paint Horse Portrait in pastel. 20" x 16". You can see the Paint Horse Portrait, along with other horses, here:
At the Winnebago Pow Wow in Winnebago Nebraska is where I spotted this precious little girl. I used a carbon stick to do the sketch and my only intention was to capture her expression.
In this drawing a sense of energy is captured in the more detailed areas by the expression of the owl through its eyes. On the flip side of detail there is also energy captured in the motion of the wings with only mere strokes of line. Watercolor also enhanced the eyes which gave the piece a little life. It was fun!