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post #21 of 122 Old 12-16-2012, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking Charcoal is going to become a favorite of mine.

This was done for person on another website. The reference photo was small and did not show details and was in an indoor arena. So the face of the horse and rider were rather non-exisitant! The photo and drawing itself were too small for details in the bridle and saddle. I figured out very small details is very hard without having to sharpen the charcoal every time it touches paper.

Pretty happy with it though.
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post #22 of 122 Old 12-17-2012, 12:22 AM
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Wow very nice!

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post #23 of 122 Old 12-17-2012, 01:22 AM
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the hindquarters on the horse and tail are especially nice. You just have to transfer the same way that you really LOOK at the picture, draw the lights and darks that you see, up to the head of the horse. I really doubt the bridle leather is all of equal light/dark, as it appears in the way you have drawn it. Light falls on everything, so even things which you know how they SHOULD look, will be affected by light and shadow, thus you must not opperate on what you think something should look like, but what you actually see in front of you.
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post #24 of 122 Old 12-17-2012, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you Caitlinpalomino! Are you still drawing? I haven't seen any new work from you in a while. (I've always kept an eye on other artists here even if I don't comment...)

Tinyliny, I probably tried redoing the face/bridle over a few times before my paper was loosing its texture and I gave up. I couldn't figure out how to add to depth of the bridle without making it disappear into the horse. I had a very hard time with the riders boot, pad and dark shadowing of the under side of the horse. Somehow trying to prevent it all from just being a dark blob. The horse's head in the photo gave me nothing to work off of.

I think I have to start working bigger, that way I can work on details without running out of space.


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post #25 of 122 Old 12-17-2012, 08:11 PM
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Yeah I am still drawing not as much though and my cameras broken so I can't take photos of them.

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post #26 of 122 Old 12-17-2012, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Aww that's too bad, well hopefully you find a way to upload sooner or later. I liked watching your progress!


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post #28 of 122 Old 12-18-2012, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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I've decided to work on a larger piece, so I pulled out my new 11x14 sketchbook and picked a headshot for another person I said I would draw for. I'm not too sure how every one else draws, but I thought I would show. I outline then go section by section but starting off pretty detailed. Then I will go back over with a softer pencil to give more depth. I always wonder if I should try to go more basic with my shading in, shade in the basics through the whole piece then get more and more detailed? I had a friend that once drew like that...but never really got it that way. Anyhow, I spent about two hours on this one already, it probably needs another 1.5-2. It'll be finished tomorrow if I have time.

For the first time I finally managed to use almost the entire paper without really running out of space too. >.>
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post #29 of 122 Old 12-18-2012, 12:39 AM
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Oh wow this one is looking amazing! I absoloutly love the eye! Keep up the awesome work :)

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post #30 of 122 Old 12-18-2012, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so this piece is finished! I am very happy with it. The only problem I had it that I smudged a few areas with my hand and I can't seem to fix it without making it worse (around the eye). I got a little too dark on the neck as well. But otherwise I have to say I think this is my best work yet. Took about 4-5 hours to complete.

The sketch book is too big for my scanner so a camera shot in bad lighting is the best I can do for now.
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