I decided to try my hand at the ornate Victorian advertisement style. It was a blast and took about 30 hours. It came out a bit busy, but I think it is a good first practice at high detail pen and ink arrangements.
One of my favorite art forms is the quick sketch. Whether it be pencil, charcoal, or ink, the quick sketch is fun way to capture a movement or emotion with a vibrancy and energy that a detailed, perfect drawing cannot produce. I actually had a background of trees here, but I thought it detracted from the horse so I painted over it. I do really like the texture left by the paint, but you cannot see that here.
George W Shadbolt would be my grandfather-in-law. He owned a pair of beautiful spurs for his entire life, though his riding theories prevented their use most of the time. His spurs were passed down to his daughter and unfortunately someone stole one of them. This is a drawing of the remaining spur. This drawing presented a challenge because the spur is a matte brown metal and it has bits of shiny silver details on it. The silver reflects but the brown does not, making some very odd reflection patterns.