How to paint a realistic horse, Oil painting – Chuck Black Art

Chuck Black Art: I haven’t painted a horse in so long, but the process remains the same with anything that I do. More and more as I continue to learn and develop my methods, I tend to treat every subject I do in a similar way.
I like to break down what I’m painting into a language of textures. I try not to think about what I’m #painting, but rather what combinations of textures and #colors could help me achieve what I’m after.

So when it comes to something like this which I haven’t worked on in a while, there’s certainly a level of intimidation, but I’m learning to look past that and focus from a different perspective. I’m thrilled with how this came together and I hope you enjoy sharing this process with me in today’s video.

I painting most of this wet in wet. My initial layer of paint was acrylics for a thin wash/base. The second layer was in oils and I completed the entire layer over about a week. I would segment an area and paint that all in one go. I had to feather each wet area into the previous one that began to dry each day, but I did not overlap.

Once the entire layer was done and dried, I returned to the painting to add a few adjustments and tweak some colors which I did in one day using one layer essentially. I painted most of this piece using a dagger striper brush:

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