Sketch a Day in May – Melbourne Cup Racehorse

Melbourne Cup Racehorse (watercolour)

Melbourne Cup Racehorse (watercolour)

A few weeks ago I found a Meetup Group in Sydney who go sketching together – Meetup being an online noticeboard for social groups to share their events. I haven’t made it to any of their outings yet, however the organiser has suggested a challenge of sketching every day during May which I’ve accepted. She’s even given us a list of subjects all beginning with the letter ‘M’ to complete, one by one.

Yesterday’s subject was ‘something specifically related to Melbourne’, and after lots of Google searching I settled for a Melbourne Cup racehorse. Starting with the jockey’s bright orange blouse I used just one brush for the whole picture and worked down and outwards. Colours are: Cadmium Orange, Pthahlo Blue, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue and maybe there was a touch of Alizarin Crimson as well…

I’m very surprised the horse came out so well… obviously all those years as a kid copying horses paid off! The jockey is a bit oversized, but almost looks human. Barely a suggestion of a face… It’s a shame they don’t look as if they’re going anywhere particularly fast!