Posted on Thu 14 May 2015
Animals don’t stay still for very long but accurate scale and proportion is crucial if they are to look convincing. If they are grazing or at rest you can observe a range of poses that are often repeated as they slowly move around. I will usually have three or more sketches evolving simultaneously on a page, switching from one to the other as the animals change position. Drawing is a way of seeing and, as painting is an extension of drawing, it makes sense to gain an understanding of the subject in pencil first.
While photographs are useful to record fine details, regular sketching from life builds your understanding of the shape, proportion, stance and posture that characterise different breeds. It also helps develop ideas for composition.