I’ve had such fun with graphite sketches all week! Today’s no different….I’ve wanted to create a horse drawing for so long. I used to live on a ranch in Montana, and the owner had horses in our pasture who would come up to see me at the fence (begging for snacks of course!)

But though I’d tried drawing a horse’s mane before, I never knew how to create the kind of rough hair on the mane that one of those horses had. But the electric eraser changed all of that!

Tutorial: Draw a graphite portrait of a horse

I’m glad I filmed this both on my phone (from an angle) as well as overhead (camera)…the camera footage was terrible due to the amount of graphite and its reflectivity! (See my previous post about the pros and cons of graphite and colored pencil.)

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Refined Linseed Oil

I didn’t end up mentioning it in the video but the new refined linseed oil I bought recently is pretty fabulous. It’s nothing like the stuff I got at Lowes! (ha!) It doesn’t stink like that, and it doesn’t get…..gooey. Yay! More testing ahead.


In case you missed my sketches created this week – here you go!

Your ideas?

My list of must-do ideas is finally lightening up; 2022 has been a prolific year checking a lot off! I’d love to add some of your ideas – subject matter, techniques, etc? Leave a comment and your idea might be added to the list!


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  1. Gab

    This is amazing Sandy

  2. Carrie Lynn Jansen

    Hi Sandy, I love receiving your emails and I really enjoyed this project! Anything to do with horses, cowboys, cowgirls, the western lifestyle, farming and dogs are of great interest to me. So happy to see you did a horse head. Would you consider doing a full body horse drawing or an Australian Cattle Dog known as a “Blue Heeler”? Thanks so much for inspiring us all. Have an awesome day!

  3. Win Noren

    I love watching your work and learning – even about things I don’t use myself. Your narrative is always so informative.


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