Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Van Stadens horses

Sometime in the late 1980s I went on a press outing on the Apple Express, one of Port Elizabeth's tourism gems which has always battled to survive. This narrow-gauge steam locomotive has been running since 1903. It crosses over the highest narrow-gauge bridge in the world at Van Stadens, which is where our journey ended that day. Strangely, I never drew the train itself, but horses at the point where we stopped seemed to be the main attraction.

I rather enjoy these two. It is no easy task drawing horses, which rarely stay still for more than a moment.

The soft pencil on textured paper worked rather well.

African people seemed to abound at the stopping point, which gave me some lovely subjects.

One of the women we met at eastern side of the bridge.

A knight of the chessboard.

Getting close to a horse.

Kids looking on.

Two women and a horse.

Onlooker, or possibly the chap who drove the train.

A youngster on that journey.

And finally, the Van Stadens bridge itself, at 77m the highest narrow-gauge bridge in the world. It was built in 1904.

No comments:

Post a Comment