For all the hype, anticipation and excitement, a single horse race lasts only several minutes, the same amount of time it takes to complete a gesture drawing.
Gesture drawing captures a subject in motion – the exertion of muscles, the effects of twisting on the body and the natural range of motion in the joints – over a short period of time. The drawing expresses the subject’s essential emotion, such as the excitement of a horse race.
Like you, local gesture drawing artist Angela Stevens loves the excitement of horse racing. From the grandstand of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, the California horse racing track ‘where the turf meets the surf,’ her hand follows her eyes in a loose sketch. The marks are quick and deliberate. She senses excitement on the track and in the stands and sums it up with a few marks, like you might describe the scene in several words. Each mark is significant because time is so limited.
In a series of hand-sketched gesture drawings completed with digital watercolor brush strokes, Angela chose a loose illustration style for the vibrant blue & red and light pink & blue horse racing motifs you love so the seamless pattern is given drama and movement to release the emotions of your story with unparalleled detail, as if you are there, in the story:
Roaming steeplechases on rural farms with every college student in the state. Gambling at your local track with the sharp players who taught you to watch the tote board, bet late & heavy. Finally witnessing your favorite leg of the Triple Crown in-person after watching it on TV for years.
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