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Drawing & Painting Horses Hardcover – 8 Feb 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (8 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844485439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844485437
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 1.8 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been writing about art books for more than thirty years (yes, it seems longer to me too) and I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of books I've seen dedicated to drawing and painting horses. Some of this has to do with the fact that it's quite a specialised subject and partly because they're one of the most difficult animals to get right. Just getting all four legs in proportion seems to be beyond most artists. Stick to guinea pigs, they're just adorable little lumps. However, all those problems mean that pretty much anyone who does want to paint horses is going to need a really good guide and Eva Dutton is not going to let you down. Her thorough guide is beautifully and generously illustrated and deals with all the practicalities such as conformation (basically, what makes a horse look horsey) as well as the techniques you need to capture hair, manes, eyes, hooves and everything else, both static and in motion. Starting from basics and using simple block diagrams, Eva will show you how to get the shapes and structures right; this section is excellent on the practical, rather than the anatomical approach. From here, she moves on to things like motion and proportion and it's in these sections that you start to learn how to give your work the character that makes for life and reality. Further chapters deal with backgrounds, colours and markings, and a handy selection of brushwork techniques. The final section of the book is a series of five demonstrations that give you a chance to put what you've learned into practice. These are worth following as they give you a chance to work from a pre-planned image, rather than trying to get to grips with a moving creature before you're ready. This is a nicely thought-out and well-structured book from an author who is clearly comfortable with her subject.-Artbookreview.net --Artbookreview.net

About the Author

Eva Dutton is a professional artist and qualified riding instructor and stable manager. She studied fine art at Norwich School of Art and has spent many years combining her love of painting with her professional equestrian work. She currently works to commission and exhibits widely. As well as her love for horses, she has a passion for wildlife and the landscape. She is now painting wolves and other creatures as well as farm and domestic animals. Eva is currently working full time as a professional artist and illustrator. She lives in Shropshire.


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This is a really good work, one that even the most accomplished amongst us will find helpful, insightful and inspirational. Eva's formidable knowledge of equine anatomy, her appreciation of the character and sensibilities of horses of every description and her experiences of working with them are complemented by her artistic talents, the clarity of her writing and the obvious pleasure she gets from engaging with and encouraging others.

Although Eva never loses sight of the importance of good technique and a structured approach, she is anything but prescriptive. Yes, Drawing and Painting Horses can be followed as closely as a Ramsey recipe, but to do so would ignore the book's underlying message - that to get the most out of what we do, we need to keep faith with ourselves and give free rein to our individuality and ability.

This is a multi-faceted gem, one where every page sparkles and where Eva's advice transforms the canvas. Here's one example (from page 79): "...blend the brush strokes with a wash. Imagine stroking the horse and feeling the direction of the coat's growth." So I did - and the difference it made had me grinning with pleasure. Hours later, as I write this, I'm still smiling.
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This was purchased as a birthday present for my sister who is both a keen rider and hobby painter. I can report back that she is delighted. She says the paintings and drawings capture the character and grace of the subjects and the text and 'how to' illustrations lead you logically through the various stages of creating your own horse art.

As someone whose equine career started and finished with a donkey ride on the beach 45 years ago I did have a peep before the wrapping paper went on and I too thought the book was very well designed with paintings and drawings that are inspirational and a course of instruction that will help the beginner to build up a real understanding of how to paint and draw horses. It's obvious that Eva loves her subjects and this shines through on every page. I'm very tempted to borrow the book, pick up an HB and drawing pad and have a go myself !
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Great book Step by step features. This book is for anyone like me who has never drawn a horse before. I loved the different images large and small. I intend to do my first watercoulour of a horse. Excellent service
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Bought as a surprise for Christmas for my arty daughter who had admired it when we were on a shopping trip. She is thrilled to bits with it and would recommend to anyone interested in drawing horses - experienced or beginner.
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Got this book for my Dad. He makes horses with clay and he just loved it. good purchace for him.
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The book served my purpose and it gives many different types of horses and and many different views and poses as well as details of how to draw muscles, eyes, hooves etc. What I would have liked in addition is to have some guidance on drawing riders in the different poses. Overall, a very good book!
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