There is a great tradition of sporting art in Britain. Especially equine art. There are countless portraits of Derby winners with jockeys atop. Often these paintings included the proud owner and family members as well. These static portraits are all very well (although the early ones depicted the horse form in greatly exaggerated terms with very small heads, bulging muscles and long tapering legs). However, the pictures depicting the actual racing horses look very odd. No one knew exactly how a horse galloped. All the animals are depicted in the same way. Both fore and rear legs are splayed out, the horse off the ground. This is the attitude my racer will be in. My thought was to stylize the jockey in the same 18th century mode, but that didn’t work out. I was glad to get what I did.
For those of you who may be interested, I thought I’d post photos of my progress. You might find it interesting to watch things come together, and I can have a new piece up without waiting several months. I started "Derby Day" as work on “King of the Road” was winding down. I’m already considering my next project.
For those of you who are interested, I’ll post something new each week or so. See you at the races!