Funny pic, right? All my drawing usually have stories, and you’re about to hear one. (Or read it at least)
Well, the story of this painting is that at AHG, (American Heritage Girls) our troop coordinator was stepping down from her position, and we were all encouraged to create cards for her thanking and congratulating her for starting the troop.
I drew this image on the front of the card, which is the AHG symbol on the cover of my AHG book.
First, I drew the line art for the image, then used Crayola colored pencils because I didn’t have the right shade of Prismacolor. I used average white acrylic paint to paint the girl reaching for the star. It took two coats to achieve that opacity.
After looking at my card, I realized it needed more. I remembered that she had two acres and likes horses, and so on the left of the inside of the card, I drew the basic line art for a horse head, then debated whether to use Copics and Crayola (it’s all I have!) or acrylics.
Since the acrylics were already out after painting more road pieces for Lego Topia and the front of the card, I picked acrylic. And then proceeded to create this.
I really like the look of it. I went for a loose brush look, where I didn’t attempt to cover the brush strokes. I mixed three shades, light, middle (which I didn’t like the color of), and dark brown. For the mane and nostrils, pure straight out of the tube black, and pure white for the blaze and highlight on the horse’s eyes. Then, to try to clean up the slight outline mistakes I’d made, I painted around the head with more white.
I didn’t know that I was capable of doing that since I’d kind of shied (like horses do) away from the painting end of art. In my opinion, it’s safe to stay in your cozy home with the dry materials (pencils). But, when I venture out, I usually accomplish something. (Not always, though)
So, if you aren’t sure about a medium that’s new to you or that you’ve failed in before, just try it! Who knows, you might succeed 😉