Sometimes, when I’m going through my horsey magazines, I dogear a page because I like the illustration.
For example, in the January issue of HORSE AND RIDER, there was an article on “Early Warnings – Train your eye to spot seven subtle signs that your horse needs to see a vet.”
What made me stop and look at the article header was the illustration.
Sure, I skimmed the good words and nodded at the facts… but I really studied the illustration. In fact, I looked at the byline to find the artist. Her name is June Brigman.
For some reason, this drawing captured me. I sat there and looked at the entire thing and laughed to myself at the notion of this horse “ooohing” over his 7 horsey tarot cards…
I thought the crystal ball showing his image inside was so funny. I loved his hoof on the table and his opened lower lip.
So, on that note, I thought I’d share a few recent horse illustrations and see if you like them, too…
Illustrators have a tough job. They must illustrate what is being said in many words, with just one picture.
It is drawing – succinctly.
They get paid well if they can summarize or accent an article with imagery that stimulates the readers’ visual grasp.
AMERICAN COWBOY MAGAZINE
I flipped through my recent AMERICAN COWBOY magazine looking for illustrators.
The one that caught my attention was this artist. I say, “this artist” because I couldn’t (and I tried) find his/her name. I hate when that happens.
Anyway, I liked his depiction of the “Young Bloods”. Immediately I saw the computer on his lap and the phone to his ear – not your Dad’s Cowboy… dad being the guy behind the Young Blood, looking steely eyed with his coffee.
I also liked this illustration, by the same unknown artist.
To me, I just like the pudginess of all the characters. Round always seems more engaging to my eye.
I’m guessing this artist is the regular illustrator for AMERICAN COWBOY since I recognize his work. And I guess I should have been able to find his name. But, I couldn’t. So, if you know him, please introduce me…
You all probably already know Fergus.
He is drawn by Jean Abernethy, illustrator.
Everytime Fergus has a FB entry on my FB page, I squeal! I cannot wait to read what he has to say! I totally love him. Fergus is cut from the same cloth as my Finn – he always makes me smile.
The idea of a simple, one or two frame comic strip still engages me. Especially if I can relate.
— It is a dream of mine to have my donkey, Norma Jean, have her own digital strip. If I could figure out how to syndicate her daily FB blogs, I would.
So, to me, Jean Abernethy has the perfect job – her pet as her muse. I love it!
Here is a link to his FB page, if you’d like to friend him.
AN AD FOR PURINA STRATEGY
I don’t have any affiliation with Purina Strategy and I don’t happen to feed it to my horses – but, I really liked this ad.
This is a different kind of illustrator. Whomever this is, works for an ad agency. Of course, he/she doesn’t get to put his/her name under the ad artwork… sad but true.
So, whomever you are… know that I think this concept and your drawing drew me in like a bear to honey.
(I have to be honest, the first time I saw this ad, I thought it was made up of bugs. I don’t know why… I had to look at it again to see what it actually was … but, I still liked it, even if it was bugs.)
Does anyone else like it?
THANKS FOR BRIEFLY SKIPPING THROUGH ARTISTRY WITH ME TODAY!
I went back through some old issues of HORSE AND RIDER and found a few more…
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