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About This Drawing
This is actually a composite of 2 pencil drawings – the stallion headstudy, and a field sketch I made of a haybarn at a place called Rata in the central North Island when I was on a geology field trip there some years ago.

The stallion was a horse called Sound Reason – bred in the USA and imported into New Zealand to stand at stud in the Wairarapa after his racing career was over. I had the opportunity to visit him and take some photographs, so I had plenty of reference material when it came to doing this drawing.

Stallion Headstudy graphite on Arches paper 9 × 14 in.


horse, pets, portrait, pencil, graphite, equine, racehorse, stallion, headstudy, sound reason


  • aaeiinnn
    aaeiinnnover 4 years ago

    what an amazing gift you have
    i am in awe of your ability

  • Oh wow – thank you for that lovely comment. Very much appreciated!!

    – Patricia Howitt

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savilleover 4 years ago

    Loverly work Patricia :))

  • Thank you so much, Diana – really glad you called by!

    – Patricia Howitt

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 4 years ago

    wow amazing work Patricia….so real…you have a great talent! you have captured the stare perfectly.

  • Thank you Linda – nice to catch up with you!

    – Patricia Howitt

  • Jan Szymczuk
    Jan Szymczukover 4 years ago

    Great sketch, love the hair tone and muscular shading you give the horse, but what is realy nice is the DOF with faded tree

  • Thank you Jan – I felt inspired this morning! ;-))

    – Patricia Howitt

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    What a handsome fellow you have done here. Gorgeous work.

  • Thank you very much, my friend!

    – Patricia Howitt

  • Rahul Kapoor
    Rahul Kapoorover 4 years ago

    Great work pat.. :)

  • Thank you Rahul my friend. :-))

    – Patricia Howitt

  • FatEyes
    FatEyesover 4 years ago

    Excellent texture, nice work.

  • Thank you so much, Mike.

    – Patricia Howitt

  • Diko
    Dikoover 4 years ago

    Beautiful horse portrait, Patricia. I love that the detail is in the horse and the background and forground is a sketch only, Really nice work.



  • Hi DIKO, thank you so much for dropping by. Yes, I was quite pleased the way combining the sketch with the portrait turned out. Have another similar one coming …

    – Patricia Howitt

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 4 years ago

    This is fantastic; great detail!

  • Thank you so much, I appreciate that!

    – Patricia Howitt

  • nishagandhi
    nishagandhiover 4 years ago

    awesome!! so realistic

  • Hi Nisha – thank you for this great comment and the fav!

    – Patricia Howitt

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