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Hello… (horse head in colored pencil, 11″ x 14″) – in progress

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Updated: April 26th, 2016

Yelena Shabrova ~ Hello (work in progress) ~ colored pencil on Strathmore watercolor paper, 11" x 14"

Hello (work in progress) ~ colored pencil on Strathmore watercolor paper, 11″ x 14″

So it was a good idea to use graphite first, then continue with color on top of it. Maybe a softer grade like H6 would be more efficient, especially on a textured paper like this one. The disorganized colors that are already there are from different kinds of strokes I tried to see what works better.

Updated: December 10th, 2015

Yelena Shabrova ~ Hello (work in progress) ~ colored pencil on Strathmore watercolor paper, 11" x 14"

Hello (work in progress) ~ colored pencil on Strathmore watercolor paper, 11″ x 14″

Back to the unfortunate horse who is now ready for color! I am done with the graphite underdrawing (if this is not a word it should be) and securing it with a workable fixative. Let’s see if that speeds up adding darks with colored pencils. Rainy shooting conditions made it look like there are at least two different tones of graphite, but in reality it’s the same tone.

Original post: Feb 21, 2015

Yelena Shabrova - Hello, drawing of a horse head in progress - Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore  watercolor paper, 11" x 14"

Hello (work in progress) ~ colored pencils on Strathmore watercolor paper, 11″ x 14″

I don’t think I have ever been this excited to see a rough drawing of a horse head finally appearing on a piece of paper as planned. There were at least two iterations that were not to my liking at all, but finally everything is where it should be, the sketch is transferred to the final watercolor paper (it’s a Strathmore one with nice slightly uneven surface), and I can move on to preliminary shading with graphite.

The horse is picking out of a barn door window, but it is barely visible right now. I need to decide whether to keep it white like in the reference photo or make it natural wood. The horse is going to be light chestnut with a lot of color nuances in the face, and even weathered white seems to be too stark next to all that, so most likely I will use some kind of amber or light wood for the window.

Small commission for a horse person

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Yelena Shabrova ~ Butterfly ~ graphite pencil on drawing paper, 4" x 6" ~ commission

Butterfly ~ graphite pencil on drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

Did a sketch for a girl who loves horses (should probably be in all capitals and blinking) and dreams of riding her own horse one day. Until then, a very own drawing of her favorite 4-H equine will have to suffice. This is a Birthday gift to her from her big sister.

A sketch a day: horse head

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Yelena Shabrova ~ A sketch a day: horse head ~ graphite pencil on Canson drawing paper, 4" x 6"

graphite pencil on Canson drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

Miscalculated where the horse should go on the piece of paper, but otherwise happy with the sketch. The subject was a beautiful chestnut, most likely a resident of the horse boarding facility across the street from our home in Cupertino, CA.

A sketch a day: horse head

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Yelena Shabrova ~ A sketch a day: horse head ~ graphite pencil on Canson drawing paper, 4" x 6"

graphite pencil on Canson drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

I wanted to finish this one yesterday and make it my last horse drawn in the departing year of the Horse, but of course that didn’t happen. So let it be the first horse of the new year with many more to follow.

I want to thank you all for following me and supporting my art and wish you all the very best in the new year 2015!

Newborn (foal head in colored pencil, 11″ x 14″)

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Updated: September 12, 2014

Newborn won the Best Realism Award at the Fall Festival Art Show

Updated: August 29, 2014

And it’s done! I don’t think there is anything to add to it, but if I were to do this piece all over again I would approach it completely differently. It was a nice detour from fully realistic colors and a few purely technique-related things I usually use.

The original ($980.00), greeting cards, and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Colored Pencil” collection.

Updated: June 2, 2014

He looks more like a living creature now and almost ready for darks to be added. The white stripe will need some gentle work first.

Yelena Shabrova ~ Newborn, drawing of a foal head in progress ~ Derwent colored pencils on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11" x 14"

Updated: April 21, 2014

Well, it’s been a while since I started this portrait, several different small projects got in the way, but finally I am back to the little foal.

In the end, he won’t be nearly as colorful as right now (or at least I hope for that), but it will be interesting to see what bright violet and yellows will be able to add to regular coat colors.

Yelena Shabrova - Newborn, drawing of a foal head in progress - Derwent colored pencils on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11" x 14"

Original post: Jan 18, 2014

I think it’s been a terrible while since I drew a horse that fits on piece of paper bigger that 4″ x 6″. Time to change that, so here’s the beginning of a very young foal’s head. Because for some reason I chose rough Bienfang watercolor paper, it may take a while to build up colors in this one. And it’s not just rough, it’s somewhat slippery too. But we will see. So far it was mostly working on the background to get a better feel of the paper that is new to me before adding much detail to the foal.

Newborn, drawing in progress - Derwent colored pencils on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11" x 14"

Ghostly white horse

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Yelena Shabrova ~ Ghostly White ~ white Prismacolor colored pencil on canvas board, 5" x 7"

Ghostly White – white Prismacolor colored pencil on canvas board, 5″ x 7″

University Art carries something I never saw before: a canvas mounted on a cardboard. 5″ x 7″ pieces are sold unprotected, unlike canvases and real sturdy canvas boards. They come in white and black versions. Naturally, I had to buy both to see what can be done with them.

This white horse was done on a black one. Even though the canvas accepts many layers of color the result is not purely white (hence the “ghostly” reference). Alas, colored pencils are not completely opaque.

The original drawing found a new home at the Midsummer Art Festival 2014, but greeting cards, and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Colored Pencil” collection.