Annette Randall’s amazingly meticulous and accurately rendered pencil drawings and oils of horses breathe life into their subjects. To see more of her art, please visit her website.
I’ve had a love affair with horses since I was six. My dad told my mom he was going to “see a man about a horse” and he really did! He came home with two of them and horses have been a part of my life ever since.
Drawing them came naturally to me and recognizing that, my mom played a crucial role in helping me understand line, form and depth. We’d go out to the horse barn, sit on a log and draw the horses in great detail.
Observation is such a big part of drawing or painting. My drawings are full of detail and I observe and study continually while creating a piece of art. By the time I’m finished with all the layers and detail, I feel like I know my subject intimately.
I pursued an art degree in college but never finished as I got married and started a family. Somehow my art got put on hold for over 20 years. I never completely stopped drawing and painting, but did just enough to keep my “toe in the water” so I didn’t forget how much I love creating art.
It was a joyful day when my kids were grown and gone and I could return to my studio (which was one of their bedrooms). I dug out my art supplies and pencils and took up where I left off so many years ago.
I developed my own drawing style, using mostly 5B and darker pencils. I prefer to use the Berol Turquoise pencils, and Derwent for the 8B and 9B darks. My favorite drawing paper is Strathmore 500 series Bristol plate surface. Just recently, I discovered the electric eraser and I’ve had a great time exploring what I can do with that. My method involves laying down many layers of pencil, blending, refining the detail but mostly just pushing the pencil around until it says what I want it to say.
In 2010, I began exhibiting my work with critical success that has helped me move forward quickly. I now have a dedicated studio space in my home as well. Horses and the cowboy life have always been my favorite subjects and that is my main focus today.
Pencil is my go-to medium, but I also work in oils and plan to expand my work in that area. There is something about working in black and white, creating form and space with nothing but a pencil and blending stump that brings me great satisfaction.
The method I use for pencil drawings is very time-consuming. As I progress my goal is to learn to work more efficiently and quickly-if that’s possible! Being an artist is a lifelong journey and I plan to travel this road as long as I can.
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