chanterbury said: roach i need some horse art tips. im working on my horses recently and still having trouble simplifying their muscly curves and i remember you doing it with such ease in my sketchbook. do you have any wisdom that might help me
hi dude! ok, i traced out how i see the main Chunks Of Horse.
they got weird pecs up front, that slot into kind of a pentagon shape. the biceps wrap around. there’s that kind of notch where the front arm/leg goes in at the elbow, which is almost always level with the ribcage/chest. don’t draw the front leg going too high up it looks super weird when people do that.
the butt scrunches in back when compressed by a standing or gathered back leg, and streches when the leg’s extended, but the top of the butt from the tail up to the hips is generally angular. also, the back ankle is a bit above the front wrist. it varies by breed.
note the deep triangular indents where the neck muscles connect to the shoulders, and again where the thighs/haunches and the hips meet under the skin. though the muscles of the butt and shoulders are bunchy and dramatic, the legs don’t stick out from the body until the elbow and knee, pretty much.
hope this helps!
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