Finished equine pencil portrait.Ingredients used.

Graphite on Paper. 36x56 cm.
Sheona Hamilton-Grant

Hurricane is my first drawing this big.
The result was well worth the extra hours.

In this post I thought it would nice to share the set of instructions used for preparing and producing this specific drawing.
(p.s:The ingredients used can be found worldwide, the way in which they are combined comes from trial and error.)


1 sheet of Mellotex paper, whole

3 clutch pencils, filled (6B, 2B &2H)

1/2 piece of Blu-Tack

1 gorgeous subject (1.1 tones/2425 lb)

12 finely detailed digital photographs

XL Foam board

Artist Tape

1 “White Lies” cd

2 Marillion cds

Collectors Edition Pink Floyd

11/2l of drinking water (daily)

2 nespresso coffees (daily)

Preheated studio to 19 ºC = 66.2 ºF.

65 hours of drawing time.

Freshly ground passion.


In a warm studio, over angled drawing board, outline subject and study eyes, movement and light. Add a pinch of passion and bring inner vision to a simmer.

Place paper on foam board. Tape corners with artist tape. Secure and set aside.

Turn on music.

Review sketch and bring to parchment. Begin eyes to get a perfect expression.

On a clear drawing board, under good light, add more work to overall subject. Pin down the darks and gradually stir in the lighter values. Allow the lighter grays melt into the drawing, and then add detail to the mix. Work gently for approximately 65 hours until the values are completely coated with details.

Finish with a pinch of zeal and a crack of freshly ground passion.

Serve immediately.


adebanji said…
Great piece!

An a amazing post, the delight of reading it! This is a clear insight into an artist's world! Love every bit of it! Might do something similar soon!

Did I hear you say 65 hours of drawing time!!!!? Hmmmmm that says it all!
Dors said…
OMG Sheona. This is awesome and as you say worth all the hours work.

Oh and I just Loooooove all the ingrediants... but you forgot the Shiraz at the end. Cheers.

Superb Job.
Pencil Sanity said…
Very beautifully done.
Jeanette said…
And exquisite results. This is a beauty and yes, well worth the time.

Interesting to see the 'ingredients'. I think many artists have similar ingredients when they work. :)
Alex Zonis said…
He is totally gorgeous and your recipe is fantastic - it send me laughing with delight! I am sure I will whip up a similar dish if I follow it to the letter.

Congratulations on this fine work!
Absolutely fabulous......I can feel the ground shake :))
Hello all and thank you! The recipe idea came from having savoured every moment creating this piece. Super glad you all enjoyed it. Quite interesting to discover the parallels between drawing and cooking.
Dors: lol!the glass of Shiraz was thoroughly enjoyed last night with a celebration cheers:)
Clive Meredith said…
beautiful drawing,really caught the power of the beast!
Thank you Clive:D Meeting him in the flesh and getting to take gazillion reference pictures really made his power unforgettable.
Very delightful post and artwork! Love the forward movement and the dust at the front foot. Great eye for detail!
Great picture & post :-)

Thank you Colette: felt the dust flying helped to underline the movement: just had to be there.
Wizz I'm sure you'd be an enthusiastic cook if your mum let you loose in the kitchen :)
Wendy Mould said…
Your picture is great and your receipe is wonderful. I love your writings as much as I enjoy your work.
Wendy thank you very much. Great to hear my love for literature has rubbed off a wee bit :D
RHCarpenter said…
Beautifully done and great reading about the process :)
Stacy said…
I really wish I could see this drawing in person and full size, because it is stunning on my computer screen and I'm sure it is even better in person. It must be just breath-taking. Well done!
Jo Castillo said…
Sorry to pipe in so late. This is so spectacular. You can feel him coming, wow! I love it.
AMBre said…
Bonjour Sheona
J'ai posté Hurricane ce matin, j'espère que tu en seras heureuse.
Très fière de montrer tes travaux sur mon blog. Merci.

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