It's been a while since I've done a WIP (work in progress). I think that is always a little intimidating because you really want it to turn out good if you are going to post it in stages and there are some really ugly stages in pastels. At any rate I decided to share it with you - ugly and all.
This pastel I'm working on is of my horse Billy Bob. He will be 21 in April. The photo that I'm using as a reference was taken last year. On this particular day he was acting really studly (he's a gelding), arching his neck, bucking, running, blowing wind through his nose and in general putting on a great show for me.
I've had Billy Bob since he was four, he is trained as a reining horse and one of the true loves of my life.
I started with the eye. I always start with the eyes otherwise it creeps me out. I'm kind working around his face in no really particular order. I hope to do some more work on this tomorrow evening and then over the weekend. I haven't really decided on a background yet. I need to decide rather quickly though because it is a good idea to get that in before going too far - so I will be thinking about that tonight and tomorrow before starting again on it.