Yup. This is the one - let's do this.
The final change I made was to increase the size of paper I was using. Everything up until now had been on 11"x14" paper. I upped the size to 18"x24" and made the painting portrait.
So the plan was :
- Careful drawing.
- Decide which edges to lose ahead of time.
- Be careful painting the horses heads and legs - these bits are the most important on a horse.
- Keep the faces recognizable as human but not of anyone in particular. When I'm painting from photos and haven't met the people in person I find it very difficult to get a likeness.
- Make it look like a painting. Not sure what I mean by this but it's basically to make sure all the shapes hang together and everything is part of a whole with no areas of the paper left out. This doesn't mean paint on every square inch but rather that every part relates to every other part.