A Small World Story… Ali Bannister, artist.

This kind of stuff just makes me smile…

Last week I wrote about the movie, WAR HORSE.  (Blogpost linked here)

In that story, I posted a still I grabbed from the trailer.  (Me being the art lover, of course I chose a shot with artwork…)

Anyway, that still is the center of the ‘small world’ story.

Here is the image that I grabbed:

The artist saw her work on my blog!



As you all know, anyone can comment at the end of any of my blogposts.

On the day of my WAR HORSE blogpost I received a comment from Ali Bannister.  It said,

“Those are my drawings in the skecthbook! Thank you for choosing to feature them here. That has made my day. It was a great film to work on. I can’t wait to see the end result.”

Click to go to her website


OK, well!… let the games begin!  This woman was the artist for the movie?!

I had to write to her.

So, I did.

She wrote back and told me that not only was she the one who drew the drawing featured in the movie, she also was hired on as Make-up and Hair for the horses.

OMG.  It is getting better!

An original of Pride.

So, of course I emailed her back and asked too many questions as I can be very excitable for sure!  <smile>

I wanted to know all about the different horses used as the one principle horse.  I wanted to know how the horses differed in personality and talent.  I wanted to know how they maintained continuity with all the different colored horses used as the same horse- the horses were all dyed and all were given the same kite shaped star.

I wanted to know what it was like to be the on-set hairdresser to horses!  Such pressure!

Anyway, I am sure she will respond when she gets a minute.

In the meantime, I went to her website.


Ali's art...


She works in pastel, pencil and charcoal.

My favs.

And, she will do commissions from photographs.  I looked at her prices and even with the exchange rate (she lives in the UK), her prices were very reasonable.

Animals, kids and wildlife.  Nice.




Love this!


Such personality!




Attention to detail...





I will tell you more whenever I hear from Ali about her very exciting and entertaining work on WAR HORSE.

For now, check out her website and maybe send her a photo of your loved one…

What a great find, eh?  And, what a small world this Internet has created.

Love it!

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2 comments have been posted...

  1. Delrene Sims

    Thanks for all the wonderful information about so many wonderful talented artists and photographs. I love your ability to tell such a great story about things that happen in your day. I am a beginner in this “computer stuff”.

  2. Linda Horn

    WOW! When I opened this, I immediately went to her website. Only had time to look at her horse artwork, but every piece is amazing … and such variety! As you said, her attention to detail (and knowledge of equine anatomy) is impressive.

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