Double points for handling a coloured horse so well! I always find them a headtrip to draw since you have to switch between shading light and dark, so I have muchos respect for people who draw them *and* pull it off successfully! You've captured his strength and poise perfectly; he looks powerful and elegant at once. And I love the light flowing tail. Fantastic pic, once again
Aha, so that's your secret! I'm the opposite, I can handle dark values fine but find light horses difficult. So paints manage to combine both of those for me. And I wouldn't say you're lazy, just economical with your time And you're welcome!
Aw, thanks! Well, the softed pencil I ever use is a 2H; it's great for white things/skin. I actually found a 7H at a Michael's and bought it, thinking "Oh this will totally be useful!" Ha. It's kind of ridiculous how light that one is.
Hmm... Well, there's the Ebony pencil, which gets very, very dark. That works well. My art teacher had a brand that she really liked; it was dark and matte, so the light didn't reflect off of it. I don't remember what it was called, though.