Riding with Doggies

I am back to drawing horses again, along with the kawaii characters!  Today, I was at the NK Jachtpaarden in Ede, Holland.  It’s an exciting annual horse event, and in the end comes this amazing bit when they bring a herd of hunting dogs to run around with the horses.  The dogs follow the smell of the bait which is a piece of raw steak, whilst the jockeys on the horses are there to keep the herd together under control.

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We’ve been going to this event yearly the past 3 years to photograph for fun, but we gave the “dog part” a miss this year because we were so tired and have an early start in the morning.  As such I thought it would be a good chance for me to draw a series of “horse with dogs” work using my imagination!

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For this particular work, I used hard pastels.  It’s been a while since using pastels and thought I’d give it a go again.  I limited the colour scheme to grey and brown scales and used pink pastel paper for added cuteness.  We like the sets each of Brown and Grey Hard Pastels by Cretacolor.

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Drawing with hard pastels is quite a challenge especially when it comes to including small details.  For instance keeping the shape of the dogs was no easy task and could come out quite messy but I somehow managed.  With the horse, I blended the pastels with a hard brush to “hide” the patterns from the bumpy texture on the paper.

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I’d like to continue using kawaii and animated styles in my drawings.  As such the dogs were inspired by the French animation “Gaspard et Lisa”.

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