Arab Horse Portraits in Graphite Pencil by Katja Turnsek

arab horse pencil portrait

Horse Portrait Commission Info

Graphite pencil portrait of Arab horse "Fossing". This is my first horse portrait in detailed pencil since I started to create portraits professionally. The strange thing is that it is one of my best two pencil portraits I ever created.

Such a wonderful memorial for someone lost horse! The size is rather small, but still so realistic and full of life. I drew this portrait for a client here in Sweden and they personally came to collect the portrait.

Drawing Information

Medium: Graphite Pencil
Size: 30 x 25 cm
Year Drawn: 2013
Subject: Horse / Arab / Fossing
Commissioned by: Inger Nilsson, Sweden

The Reference Photograph of "Fossing"

The client Inger send me several good photographs of the horse. I chose the photo I felt was best suitable for a pencil portrait. First I cropped the photo and made it black and white. The I added the mane from another photo and made the background lighter. I also lightened up some parts of the horse to create dimension.

Reference Photo

Dog Portrait in Progress

Below you can view a few work in progress photos of this portrait. It is important for me that you understand the painting process at the same as you have a full input the entire time, that is why I’m prepared to spend some extra time in order to keep you regularly updated. I have had this feature for many years, even though I uploaded the progress images to a static html page at first. Now I use my portraits in blog for this exciting feature. If you do not wish to share your painting’s progress or the completed painting with the world, I can send you the progress images by email. Several clients decided to do this, especially famous ones.

arab horse pencil portrait

Hello Katja,

Now we have been amazed at the painting, cried a little and are incredibly happy. It's amazing that you were able to capture his expressions, his soul so tremendously good.

Thank you!