This moment really did happen. It's not a "photoshop special".
The four babies stood together, safe in their own proximity, attention and curiosity divided between a waving branch and a very strange sounding photographer.
Drawing this piece has been a bundle of fun, from start to finish. By the end of the very first line I knew it would all fall into place.
Working out of my comfort zone and approaching it with a different goal in mind, the overall effect is looser, not as tight and detailed as I have been drawing.
Being a study of a moment, of a scene that was not staged but left to fate, spontaneity and movement had to take centre stage. Detail really welcome only as a (VIP) backseat passenger.
The choice of paper helps tremendously in staying looser.
For "Get together", I went with Hahnemülle Nostalgie and smooth flowing strokes of 6B, 2B and 2H.
It's toothy surface, slightly off-white colour and rougher texture are totally up for rendering believable expressions, strong contrasts and realistic textures while maintaining an overall feel of relaxed realism.
pencil on paper
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved
Psst! still have at least 50-60 references that could very well be the source of a few more foal studies. Happy days!