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How to draw the horse

In the first of two articles equestrian artist Ruth Buchanan shares her 10 key techniques for making a successful drawing of the horse
Working drawing in graphite and watercolour of cob, Jester

Ruth Buchanan worked as an illustrator before becoming a full-time artist. She exhibits at international equestrian events as well as in galleries, and her work features in private and corporate collections in the UK, Europe and the USA. In 2017 she won the Two Rivers Sketchbook Award and The Association of Animal Artists’ Inaugural Chairman Award, which is judged on a body of work. Ruth lives and works in Yorkshire.

Drawing should be enjoyable. Sketching in particular should be fast, immediate and about catching a moment that can be developed later, or simply for the joy of capturing a movement and attitude.

The techniques outlined in this article are based on my experience in life drawing and they can be used for any subject. The subjects I consider the most are people and horses and, although horses are a challenging subject, it is possible to learn by looking, breaking down what you see into shapes, angles and tones and the five Ps: patience, persistence, practice, practice and practice.

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About The Artist

Welcome to our January issue which looks forward to the new year ahead with our special 6-page guide to open competitions and exhibitions in 2018 and beyond, with all the entry details and all-important deadlines. We also include full details about our own The Artist open competition with fantastic prizes and the opportunity to see your work exhibited and published in the magazine and on our website, promoting your artwork to our massive international audience. Our inspirational, practical articles from this month's team of top-level professional artists and tutors include how to exploit extreme shadows in watercolour for enhanced light effects, watercolour techniques for capturing atmospheric weather conditions and how to improve your watercolour still life paintings. Equestrian artist Ruth Buchanan offers 10 top tips on how to draw the horse, NEAC President Richard Pikesley offers ideas on painting 'table-top' landscapes indoors when it's impossible to get outside to paint and Barry Freeman explains how painting from the heart is the key to loosening up in your work. With much more too, you will find plenty of ideas in this issue to keep you painting over the festive period. The team at The Artist wishes all our readers a happy, creative time and enjoyable new year.
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