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Historic Horse Head Gear Part 2 by sketcherjak
Historic Horse Head Gear Part 2
Horse Masks! From the upcoming "How to Draw Historic Horses - 2000BCE-1400AD"

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Winter is a good time for staying indoors and getting things off your desk. :happybounce: 

Cattitude by sketcherjak

Before there was an internet full of cats, there was Nancy Hendrickson.  This progressive, cat-photographing visionary was born along the Heart River, near Mandan, North Dakota on February 26, 1886, to Swedish immigrants, who probably had no idea of the cat-collecting-levels they were about to unleash on the world.

Nancy was a pioneer, and pioneers push boundaries.  She redefined what it meant to be cat-crazy.   Chocolate-box kittens are a dime a dozen.  Nancy was sharing photographs of her cats wearing clothes she sewed herself*.  That’s some straight-up, avant-garde. 

The sale of her photos helped support the family farm, which she ran after 1926, through the Great Depression, up until the end of World War II.**  She also tended her garden, journals, built the family’s original shack into a large library, and reported statistics to the Weather Bureau.  She was like Oprah, only instead of giving away cars, she gave total strangers extraordinary amounts of knowledge.  All while taking pictures of cats in skis.  Which we all agree, fills people with uncommon levels of joy. 

In terms of cat photography, this is genesis.  On behalf of Nancy Hendrickson, and all the amazing she captured through a lens, you’re welcome.


*Disclaimer: Nancy was a professional. We don’t suggest you put clothes on your cat. They hate wearing pants, and you will look like a gangster who lost a serious battle with meat hooks.

**A time when the human race was crappier than usual.




SPECIAL OFFER: Get the paperback copy, and the kindle comes free. And yes, you can lend it out. Because why would you not want to share this much awesome with everyone you know?!


  • Mood: Humor
  • Listening to: rain
  • Reading: blogs
  • Watching: Top Gear
  • Playing: with pencils
  • Eating: turkey sammich
  • Drinking: Glenlevit

To sum up the last few months, another book is in the works.  By way of thank you to everyone, I'm in the process of building This site is an ongoing labor of love, in efforts to share many of the tips and techniques an equine artist should have.  Many of the tutorials can also be viewed here on Deviant Art or in my books, but posting them all in one place for easy, accessible, and most importantly, free access just seemed right.  Also, that's just the sort of financial mastermind I am.

So I hope you like it, or at least, like the parts I've managed to finish so far.  Chances are you won't get hurt, or not hurt bad anyway, and if you're really brave, you can drop me a line with requests or questions.  I'm usually responsive although, no guarantees on making any sense.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you all again.  Seriously.  I mean it.  For the support, laughing with me, or at me, and making it all possible.  



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Current Residence: Frozen Hell
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Favourite genre of music: downloaded XD
Favourite photographer: tangledweb
Favourite style of art: others, usually.
Operating System: Mac
MP3 player of choice: I'm not either!
Shell of choice: turtle
Wallpaper of choice: NONE!
Skin of choice: Yours
Favourite cartoon character: Calvin & Hobbs


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CaliginousInk Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Thanks for having done all the horse tutorials. It's hard to find ones that have proper conformation/proportions. I'm not taking art classes from school anymore and I don't have enough money to pay for expensive programs or any type of schooling or a lot of books on art, so I really appreciate anyone who makes tutorials like this because it helps me learn and develop my skills.
maironmatos Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Thank you for amazing gallery!
Ganjamira Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Heyho ! We´d love to invite you to our group :iconbeginner-traditional: Our group is based on resources and tutorials for beginners in traditional art and if you want,you can join as a contributor to educate the beginners about the tips and tricks of traditional art and share recources and tutorials:heart:
Fluffydragonpuppy Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
I love your icon so much. :giggle:
VampiraLady Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you make your avatar by your own?
sketcherjak Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Nope. It's one from here at the da community. Buuuuuut, I don't remember where. Heh. I could look it up if you really want to know.
Aeolyx Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Happy birthday! :)
sketcherjak Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Awww, thanks!
Aeolyx Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
You're welcome :>
Lizbeth-Lund Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!
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