Plough horses at rest

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I have been meaning to start this picture for a long time.  I am using pastel pencils, pan pastels and soft pastels. Lots of detail so sharpening the pencils regularly which is a challenge in itself. Been chipping away at the harness trying to get the straps in the right place. then gradually filling in the horses bodies.  

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by Jane Pitts

This is looking so goodJame I’m looking forwards to seeing it develop. I don’t use pastel very often so it will be a learning experience for me m. Would be good if you could explain why you did something a certain way and what your thoughts were.
This is looking so goodJame I’m looking forwards to seeing it develop. I don’t use pastel very often so it will be a learning experience for me m. Would be good if you could explain why you did something a certain way and what your thoughts were.
Paul  (Dixie) Dean on 06/02/2021 12:49:49 Yes of course Paul, I decided to start with the harness being so small and fiddly, if I had started with the body area it would tend to smudge. When I draw dogs I usually get the collar in before doing the rest of the body.   I am working on the fine detail on the harness at the moment, tiny buckles and straps.  Any parts of the body in between the finished harness or straps I will then fill in.  Years ago I would work from left to right at an angle but as the years have gone by and I found glassine paper to lean on I can work where I like. 
Just a couple of straps to finish then get to work on the horses bodies. 
This is looking wonderful Jane.  You obviously like a challenge!
It’s a great start, the detail is exceptional. This isn’t a criticism by any means, but I can’t understand why you don’t sketch out the whole animal in its entirety, making sure that all your proportions are correct!
It’s a great start, the detail is exceptional. This isn’t a criticism by any means, but I can’t understand why you don’t sketch out the whole animal in its entirety, making sure that all your proportions are correct!
Alan Bickley on 04/03/2021 15:08:59
I usually draw it out with white pastel pencil. as on the earlier stages. thats how I work, I used to use a pencil to sketch out , but then had to erase the pencil marks out as I  found that the pastel pencils  didn't cover the lead marks.  I just need the basic shape nose, eyes ears and chin marks then fill in the details. they will all be my roadmap.   Hope I have answered your question. 
just got the legs and mane ribbons to do. Then put it away for a while before I re-assess it to see what tweeks it might need.  
This is looking really good Jane. Good to see your process.
Finally finished. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole process .
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