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with Andrea Gianchiglia
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The Art of Painting Horses

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Find out how to paint horses using easy-to-learn techniques for composition, color, value and texture. With professional artist Andrea Gianchiglia as your guide, you'll start by learning tips for choosing a reference photo of a beautiful animal and building a compelling composition. Once your composition is clear, Andrea will help you create a monochromatic underpainting of the horse's features, and add color to the eyes, muzzle and ears. Next, learn how to capture the look of the horse's sleek coat and mane as well as its hooves. Get tips for recreating the unique colors and markings of a variety of horses, before Andrea helps you paint tack and hardware. Then, discover how to give your portrait a realistic finish with layering, glazes, highlights and final details.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h54m

Included in this Class

1. Foundations for a Great Painting

1. Foundations for a Great Painting

Meet artist Andrea Gianchiglia and start planning your painting, beginning with a good reference photo. Andrea discusses elements to consider and shares lighting tips. Set up an appealing composition with thumbnail sketches, then create a perfectly proportioned gesture drawing.

2. The Eyes, Muzzle & Ears

2. The Eyes, Muzzle & Ears

Begin painting the windows into a horse's soul: the eyes. You'll create a monochrome underpainting on a toned canvas, setting the values, then begin painting in color. Learn Andrea's tips for capturing a realistic look for the eye, then paint the horse's soft muzzle and expressive ears.

3. The Mane, Tail & Coat

3. The Mane, Tail & Coat

From short and glossy to long and wind-blown, achieve a natural look for your horse's mane and hair. Andrea shares techniques for using the edge of a flat brush to suggest the colors of hair, a dry brush to soften the edges, and a rigger brush to suggest hair strands. You'll paint hooves, too!

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