I downloaded James Gurney's instructional video, "Watercolor in the Wild," yesterday. In the video, he goes over the thinking process he uses to paint different scenes. One of the scenes was of a baby miniature horse, Rosebud. I've never attempted to paint an animal but thought I'd give it a try. It's pretty good for me, considering it's not my usual subject matter. I might try it again, and really do more thinking and observing. Gurney suggests an hour for even small watercolor sketches, half of that to produce a solid sketch before you even apply the color. I sketched this in my usual 15-minute sloppy-dash method (a method I undoubtedly use because I really don't know how to draw from life).
I also really diverted with the drawing materials. In the video, Gurney uses watercolor pencils to form the base drawing before he applies water. I used pencil to get the basic shapes, went around the horse-shape with graphite which I smudged, then used my Schminke watercolor pans. I re-stated the lines using pen.