~This is part 1 in a series. For part 2, click here
About a year ago I got contacted out of the blue to do a calendar for a horse association. Sure! I said, not really knowing what I was getting myself into.
“Have you estimated how long this is going to take you?” Even Henry had reservations. He knew I'd often jumped into projects without getting all the specifics. “Um, a couple of hours per cartoon I think.” (My math turned out to be so off, I'd need a whole other post to discuss it.)
It turns out, this project was going to be for a pretty serious group of horse folk. These weren't people who took their pony out for a trail ride through the woods on the weekend. These people competed at the world level in something called Eventing
and another group that did carriage driving.
Before I started this project, my horse drawing skills had been limited to cartoons I'd done for personal projects.
And there was no way I was going to get away with drawing horses like that for this horse audience.
So, I started doing my homework:
I looked up lots of images online,
and started sketching away.
Even went to a horse show to see them in person.
I really needed to get my drawing accurate, because gauging from some of what I'd learned about the horse world, they were a picky bunch.
I imagined a group of them looking at my cartoons, exclaiming in horror, “She drew a breeching strap instead of a trace!”
What strap goes where?!?!
This was a whole new world, and I had a lot to learn. Whatever I did, I had to do it fast, because there was a lot of work ahead!
Next post I'll talk about starting the first of 12 horse cartoons.