Welcome to our horse portraits gallery, we create portraits of horses in both pencil and oils. Nicholas specialises in the horse paintings in oils and I, Melanie, specialise in horse portrait drawings in graphite pencil. Horses are one of our favourite animals to paint, not only for their majestic qualities, we also enjoy the challenge of creating the muscle structure and form of the horse.
The key in creating a good horse painting or drawing are the horse photos that we work from. We rarely get to meet the horses we portray so we reply on our customers to take, or have someone take photos for us to work from. One of the main questions we are asked is - can you remove the tack form our photo. In general we are unable to do this, however we can often remove head collars. Taking photos of horses actual inside the stables doesn’t seem to work as well as the isn’t any natural lighting as such. Our advice for taking photos of horses would be try to take the horse outside in a yard or field and take as many photos as you possibly can. Do the photo shoot over the course of a few days and you will find that out of the many photos you take, you will come up with a handful that will be suitable.
The sizes of our horse portraits do start at 10" x 8" for oils and 8" x 7" for pencils however we have found for portraits of horses, if your budget allows, it would be preferable to start at the 12" x 10" size. If you have a bespoke size that you would like us to work to, please do email us your ideas and requirements at any time.
One of our most recent horse portraits was commissioned by Lady Bamford of the study horse Siyouni owned by the Aga Khan. The portrait was presented to the Aga Khan for his birthday in December 2016. You can see the portrait below. We have created a number of portraits for Lady Bamford, we thoroughly enjoy working with our returning customers.
If you would like to see some of our equine portraits in progress we post our portraits daily on our 'On the Easel Blog' so that you can see what we are getting up to in the studio. Don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of our website too! On The Easel Blog »