Horse. Coloured with markers. Ulla Hennig, August 2012

I love horses, and I love to draw them. However I traced this one. I know that a lot of people think that one should not do that, that it is cheating, and that it does not help with learning to draw. Well, I must admit that I learnt a lot tracing this horse. The horse on the photo I used is a rather chunky appaloosa stallion, with a short back. If I had done a free hand drawing of him I’d definitely drawn a longer back. When I traced the horse I first didn’t believe that I did it right. Obviously the eye sees things as it expects them to be.

Second thing I learnt was to see the shades on the photo and to reproduce them with another colour.  You can’t trace the shading, can you. I did the shading with the markers only – no coloured pencils this time.


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About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

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