On the Drawing Board – Ghost

Handsome Ghost lives at Rahal Ranch which is situated close to Al Ain.

If I was a horse living in the Middle East, this ranch would be my residence of choice. They practice natural horsemanship, which basically means from a horses point of view, that somebody actually tries to understand you rather than forcing you to conform with harsh bits and spurs. Tracy, the owner, is often to be seen cantering around the school doing flying changes without a saddle or bridle, actually only a piece of rope round the horse’s neck – seeing is believing!

Ghost lives in this wonderful environment and I happened by to disturb him one Friday lunchtime. Ok I admit, he was on a break, but Ghost could have co-operated just a little bit with my photography efforts. Every time I would get set up for the photograph, he  either refused to turn his head, or would turn quickly and charge directly at the camera as if to say “what do you want”!  We carried on like this for quite a while until I managed to get the above shot. It was almost as if he finally thought it would be quicker to pose so that I would go away and leave him in peace. I love a horse with attitude!

Here is the first stage of his portrait.

Have now completed the initial sketch, am thinking the powerful neck is going to be an important part of the drawing. His star and white nose also give a nice contrast to his face, this will show more when I establish the dark areas in the next session.

Have now started more detailed work on the left-side of his face. Horses have such interesting bone structure, plus of course the soft muzzle.

Now at the final stage, am working on balancing the light and shade.

Ghost is finished! Below is the scanned version.