"The Smoking Horse," prismacolor pencil on 17"x14" Bristol paper, July 2012
______I feel pretty darn productive this summer, mainly because I actually drew something that I actually finished and actually really like! I work at my neighborhood's pool, you see, and after I'm done cleaning bathrooms and taking out the trash and such, I really don't have much to do except for making sure that residents follow the pool rules--which they usually do. Thus, drawing is a good way to pass the time when I'm not telling people that they shouldn't be drinking soda in the pool. This here drawing has been done for about a week now, but I didn't want to post it so soon because I always end up looking back at things I supposedly have finished and tweaking them until they feel right. Of course, that's what happened with this drawing, and I tweaked it accordingly during the week; however, after a few days of looking at this drawing now, I feel that I need not touch it anymore. I am a satisfied wee grasshopper.
______So, here we have this lovely horse sir who is erupting from an abstract volcanic mountain of sorts. Honestly, I just really wanted to try my hand at drawing a horse and capturing its wild, horse-y nature. Because untamed horses definitely the share characteristics of smoke--unable to be tamed and always riding the wind, yeah? I know that the anatomy is a little wacky, but hey, if I wanted an anatomically correct picture of a horse, I'd take a picture. But that can be boring, and not always so fun. It's much more fun to screw around with the nature of things via colored pencil-y goodness. I had a lot of fun with all the lines and muted colors and gradients in this piece; in fact, there really wasn't one part that I grew bored with in this drawing. It always kept my attention!