Start to Finish in Pictures
The story of this artwork in pictures. Scroll down further to read more detail about each stage of this painting.
The Story Behind Each Step
This painting started with watercolor, collage and acrylic stamping. Then I added the sketch and a first watch of paint on the horse.
Playing with the red orange color from the background, I decided to add it for shading on the horse.
I also began to play with the idea of a starburst in the center of the forehead and a “ruff” on the neck, based on what I saw in the reference photo.
The “ruff” wasn’t working so I scrapped that idea and continued to bring out the colors by adding to the ones suggested by the background.
Colors are starting to pop now. In case you are wondering, my bright colors come from Derwent Inktense pencils. You can read more about them at this review from Thought Co.
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The Story of the Name
The name for the painting was a combination of what I saw in the reference picture and the personality that came out as I was painting. The reference picture was a young, wild horse with a winter coat. He had very long hair on his neck and the lighting, combined with the way his hair was laying, made it look like he had a ruff.
As soon as I noticed that I knew I wanted to try to bring it into the painting. It didn’t work, but the “lion” part of the name stuck. The “heart” part of the name came from the comments on Facebook about how kind his eyes were. Someone even said that the kindness of his heart was shining through his eyes.
Once I read that, the name clicked for me, so it became Lionheart.