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Eadweard’s Horses

5 Mar

wpid-wp-1425583660083.jpegI rarely work from photographs but I took a series of photos on the beach yesterday and I’m going to use them for sketching for a few days. Drawing directly from life is energising, forces me to focus only on what’s absolutely important in the subject and is good practice but doesn’t give me the opportunity to analyse detail and movement.

For centuries, the way that artists drew and painted running horses was wrong because they moved too fast for artists to see them accurately. Then the pioneering photographer, Eadweard Muybridge did a sequence of photos of a running horse and finally artists were able to see how they ran and changed the way they painted horses.

So these photos are for research into how people and animals move and also to develop a shorthand of marks to represent the sea, which is something I have enormous difficulties with. Hopefully as the days go by, my drawings and mark-making will improve. I’m using graphite sticks into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook.

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