- 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)
Drawing & Painting Horses Hardcover – 8 Feb 2012
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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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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.
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 !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely book will enjoy trying to draw and paint equine subjects from picsPublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good book with interesting information about drawing and painting horses.Published 5 months ago by susan simmonds
Excellent, especially helpful for details like painting eyes etc. I would recommend.Published 10 months ago by Michelle OReilly