Considering that Royce is part paint horse, along with the Arabian blood, I guess I’m making everybody reading this a victim of one more of my awful puns. Got the first coat of paint on him yesterday, and three more today. Considering that he is a copper-penny chestnut, I’m probably very close to finished. The chestnuts don’t need nearly as many passes with the paintbrush as the bays and blacks do.
I don’t usually give much press to my backgrounds, but this one was kind of interesting. I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to put back there, so I just started with some random sky and a little bit of hills in the distance. The sky was going nowhere fast at first–it was one of those times I didn’t use any reference photos at all. But I just kept at it until all of a sudden I noticed the clouds had a kind of radiating effect which sort of echoed the circular motion of the blowing mane. Fortunately I was able to make myself stop fiddling around with it at that point. I like it!