Several years ago, I began working on a series of pen and ink drawings based on my seasonal carousel horse counted cross stitch designs.
After finishing the winter horse, “Snow Dancer”, for various reasons, I shelved the rest of the series… hoping one day I would be able to get back to them. (FYI: limited edition prints of Snow Dancer are still available… 🙂
Between then and now, I made some attempts at doing the horses as smaller drawings, but was less than pleased with the outcome… I found I simply need to do them larger so I can do justice to the original vision I had for them.
So! Once again, I am working on the series.
Taken altogether, this is my fourth attempt at the Spring horse, and I am finally happy with the result so far…
It’s an interesting challenge picking up these drawings again. My style has changed a bit, so in order to give the series stylistic cohesiveness, I keep a Snow Dancer print in front of me as I’m drawing. I have to constantly remind myself of how I handled various aspects of shading, values (light and dark), and how much heavy lifting I left to the watercolor tinting.
Quite frankly, I am a bit out of practice. The discipline of finishing this series would seem to be just what the doctor ordered. 🙂