Horseracing is an interesting industry. Without going too much into that specifically, I can say that some of the horses have very interesting names. Some of them I am convinces are a joke against the race callers. “Arrrrrrrrgh” is a horses name. Often a horse is remembered by having a race named after them. I’ve gathered a number of these races – one for each month – and I am going to do an illustration for them. This is my illustration for the Honeybee Stakes. I’m going to walk through the process, and there’s also a speedpaint video as well.
Once I had my rough draft done, I traced the sketch onto better paper using my light box. After that, I used masking fluid to cover up the little bees and the letters. Then onto a water wash for what will be the grassy area. I get a much smoother wash when I use wet on wet.
A little dry time, and then I do the water wash for the track area. I enjoy the way you can just build on top of water color to make the painting as rich as you want. I did a few layers of darkening the brown of the track before moving onto the sky. Having the bees and the letters masked made it quite easy to do a nice sky wash.
Dabbing at the wet blue paint with a paper towel makes for nice little impressions of clouds.
I didn’t mask the big bee, so I was careful around him, as well as my runner and the rail. Once the blue and green were dry I rubbed the masking fluid off of there.
Next onto the horse, and starting on the jockey and the bees. I used a photo reference of the horse to make sure the shadows were in the right places.
Lots of Tiny bees. No wonder the horse looks worried.
I finished the details at the end with colored pencils and a white gel pen.
The original lapsed time for the video after chopping out all of the pauses was 4 hours and 11 minutes. I also chopped out the time to mask the bees and letters.