Chinese war horse Daiyu #2 by Sammacha

Chinese war horse Daiyu #2


31 January 2014 at 18:16:47 MST

Happy New Year 2014 – Year of the Horse

Chinese War Horse Daiyu #2

See the clean line art and the colored version before blending here:

My Chinese War Horse Daiyu (Black Jade) is a perfect drawing to celebrate the year of the horse!
It is a re-work of this picture

, but done with pencil crayons.
I’ve also created 2 videos of myself working on this picture showing the inking of the line work and the actual pencil coloring process.

The inking video can be seen here :

Chinese War Horse Daiyu – Inked line art

I find inking is a hard process as you only really get one shot at each line, and you need to do it fairly quickly or it doesn’t look good. Almost every line is drawn with 1 solid stroke and then later with a much smaller pen tip, the line weight and extra shape/detail is added. You also need to make sure you know where its going to end up, its not like you can just erase it….

The colouring video can be found here:
It looks really different before the blending stage occurs

Pencil crayon before blending, it looks quite different then the completed version. Still looks nice but not as well as the fully blended piece

I really enjoy using pencil crayons. You can get a nice solid color onto the paper and they blend quite well. The overall effect is similar to a copic marker or even paint. However I do find that pencil crayon is not as forgiving as paint at all… once its on the paper it’s staying there.
Some people like to use layer of workable fixatif, however I have never used it.
I may in the future but for now I think the method I have going works well for me.

Overall this drawing is a large improvement upon the original and was great practice fro my pencil crayon work!

Chinese war horse – Daiyu (Black Jade)

-Samantha Lim

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    This came out amazing! I love the definition on the muscles.

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      Thank you! I tried to focus more on the anatomy and what went wrong last time.

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    Woo, my suggestion for a shadow helped. :P

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      Ha ha yeah! Well I opted out of the Chinese writing seeing as... I don't really write it that neatly and 恭禧發財 , 木馬 isn't a simple one :/
      I would have loved to do a shapely background of some sort, but I actually kept thinking Sunday was Chinese new years... boy was I wrong, Lmao! Thanks for the help and the comment :D