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post #11 of 40 Old 05-03-2012, 11:27 PM
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Looks like you fixed the one thing that really bothered me in the first sketch, and that was the angle of the pastern on the left fore leg of the closer mare. I would be careful about all the things in the background when you paint this. There are a lot of busy shapes under/behind the mares that could take focus from the main interest of the painting.

When you find a style that you enjoy and it sells well, run with it ;)
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Looks like you fixed the one thing that really bothered me in the first sketch, and that was the angle of the pastern on the left fore leg of the closer mare. I would be careful about all the things in the background when you paint this. There are a lot of busy shapes under/behind the mares that could take focus from the main interest of the painting.

When you find a style that you enjoy and it sells well, run with it ;)

Thanks, SunnyDraco --Those pastern angles can be tricky ;)

And normally, I would agree with you about the small objects in the background taking away from the focal point but I don't think they'll create too much of a problem here. I plan on having those be in deep shadow which I think will make it work :)

I definitely think that I've found my niche. Arabians are my passion and right now the market for Arabian horse art is quite good. It's always nice when you can profit off of something you love doing.

Anyway, here's the next update. The sheik was very pleased with the layout of the sketch and I got the go-ahead to transfer it onto canvas and begin painting! After a bit of canvas prep. I was able to get the sky painted and roughly start the ground (Please excuse the poor quality photo--I had to use my camera phone. The sky is a bit brighter in person with a more definite lightening of color towards the horizon which this photo doesn't show very well).

Over the next couple of days I'll focus on blocking in some color over the tent and mares :)

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post #13 of 40 Old 05-09-2012, 09:43 PM
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You are quite fast at this, unlike myself LOL

I look forward to watching your art come alive
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post #14 of 40 Old 05-09-2012, 10:12 PM
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Gorgeous work! I kind of like how you make the qualities of the Arabians extreme, which to be honest, I usually don't at all, but love your work!
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I really do like your style and how you make it work. And I'm not a fan of extreme arabians, so you're doing something right, lol. I think you have enough realism in there to balance it out well, with enough style in there to make it you, and to infuse your passion in it. Any criticism I could give you would only be my preferences, and I don't want to take away that piece of you in your painting. Lovely work, and I am excited to see it finished!
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Thank you all again!!

Well, I kind of had a set back with the sky that I painted. When I chose this particular canvas I didn't notice that it had a few flaws in it. The scarring wasn't apparent when the canvas was white but as soon as I painted that nice blue sky over it, the blue pigment gathered naturally around the scarred areas.

This photo is just of one corner of the painting that had the worst of it. There were a few other smaller ones throughout the entire sky. And this photo doesn't even show just how much it stood out or show the yucky texture they had. They were totally visible from several feet away even! Let me tell you, it just plain looked sloppy

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Needless to say, I was SO disappointed. I loved my beautiful, smooth, cloudless sky! I definitely didn't want to start all over on a fresh canvas...and if I couldn't come up with something, then I sure would have because the way it was now wasn't acceptable.

So....

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I added clouds.

And this did the trick!! I was sure to hide each little scar under it's very own cloud and you would never know that they were even there. Ugh, what a relief! And to tell you the truth, I think I like it even better this way ;)
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Love your clouds very natural looking :)
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post #18 of 40 Old 05-12-2012, 09:27 PM
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Those are amazing clouds!
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post #20 of 40 Old 05-13-2012, 12:32 PM
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Loving it so far!

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