He Rode A Horse Too Long

BowleggedCowboy2When I was a kid, cowboy heros dominated my black and white TV world.  Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, The Rifleman, Paladin, Maverick and dozens of others.  One of the things that was assumed to be true was that because cowboys spent so much time sitting on a horse, their legs would become bowlegged, like the guy depicted by this woodcarving.

But this post is about another guy who rode a horse too long.  Or more correctly, he rode a horse that was too long, at least when I sketched it without spending enough time working out the dimensions of the statue of Simon Bolivar  that sits near Quebec City’s justice department (grin).

I’m not proud of this sketch but I thought I’d show it to demonstrate the importance of spending time evaluating all the relationships among parts of your subject before you start drawing it.  I’ll do better next time… I hope.

Stillman & Birn Alpha (9x6), Pilot Falcon, Platinum Carbon Black

Stillman & Birn Alpha (9×6), Pilot Falcon, Platinum Carbon Black

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  1. Sheila Fitzpatrick says:

    Horses are hard to draw!!! But your effort is a good one. You have opened the door to many happy hours drawing, painting, maybe even photographing or sculpting, horses.

    • Maybe so, Sheila. As a street sketcher, I approach drawing as a bunch of shapes and not types of objects. In this case I just got sloppy with my measurements. I’ll leave photography and sculpture those others, however 🙂

      Cheers — Larry