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        04-25-2011, 09:04 PM
    Green Broke
    It's basically just the same as colouring in a colouring book, except you have even more colour choices.(:
    The biggest tip that I could probably give is to experiment. Try out all different sorts of colours, and use references!
    Bays aren't just brown/red with black points, they often have oranges, yellows, etc. Shined up show horse pics work perfect as refs if you like to use the eyedropper tool and get the colours off an image without having to pick them yourself. Blacks are almost never actually coloured using black :p Make sure you use a lot of blue, green, purple, red tints as shadows/highlights/base colours; they turn out soo much better than using just grey, black and White.
    I started out by using free lines I found on dA, as long as the copyright stays on them (with exceptions to some owners rules) you're good to go.(: JNFerrigno has some amazing linearts (the blood bay one I did); if you search her name on google her website should pop up as the first or second link it gives.
    Also, I usually change the layer I use to put the colour on to "multiply", as it won't cover lines.
    There's also quite a few tutorials out on the internet, they're also really good for giving some steps until you can figure out your own styles.(:
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        04-25-2011, 09:19 PM
    Green Broke
    Those are fantastic. I wish I could do something like that but I don't have enough patience with things like that. My horses use it all up lol..
        04-25-2011, 09:28 PM
    Here is my first attempt. Critique? Tips? Lol I will take anything. I am actually kinda proud of it!!!!
        04-25-2011, 09:34 PM
    I know you are better than me at coloring and stuff but one thing that I noticed just looking at it. Not to offend you but when I look at the grey paint stud thing :) It looks like the horse is almost like off-balance like a horse could never balance that way. But, it is still very good and your very talented. Just the way it looks , I mean he just looks like he isn't stand right. Or is it just me?
        04-25-2011, 09:43 PM
    I wanna try a dappled percheron. Do you think I can do it??
        04-25-2011, 10:29 PM
    Green Broke
    Drum, I know exactly what you mean. XD I'm sure my patience will be nonexistent once I actually go to the barn more than a week when I start leasing Dude. :p Show season is going to kill me (and my wallet) this year, haha.
    Fuadteagan, I think it came out good for your first try. It looks like you coloured on the same layer the lines are on though, since they're smudged and parts are erased a little bit. If you create another layer, set it to multiply and colour on that one, the lines will stay untouched.(:
    As for the dapple grey Perch, go for it.(: You'll never know if you can do it or not if you don't try.
    And the paint stud lines, I was going for a slightly unbalanced look. :p He's suppose to be in the middle of doing some sort of half rear..I was going off memory of when Dude use to do the same exact thing; he'd try to rear, couldn't get enough balance and would go straight back down because he'd not put enough effort into it, lol. I'll try to find a picture of another horse doing it, since I haven't got any pictures from last year and he hasn't done anything with an upward motion this season (cross my fingers, knock on wood). I know there's a high-level dressage move that looks similar to a half rear (except soo much more balance) but I can't remember the name of it at the moment. Otherwise, you are right-the horse is definitely not very balanced, lol.
    Also, on the paint you coloured. White markings have shadows and highlights as well. :p And the pink muzzle, most horses don't have an all pink muzzle; make sure to blend and have shadows/highlights fade off a bit, so as not to be so abrupt around the edges.(:

    I believe that my next one will be a horse parked out (not positive the breed, even though I sketched it as a TWH). I'm thinking black with one coronet band and a small snip.(: I'll hopefully have it lined by the end of this week and will show the lines before I start. :p
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        04-25-2011, 11:16 PM
    GIMP is not exactly working so yeah but I am working on it. I know you said about shadows and highlights and I can draw horses good on paper and I'm ok with coloring on the computer. I just always mess up the shading and make it look horrible.
        04-26-2011, 06:33 AM
    Green Broke
    Try putting the brush you're using on a low opacity (I use around 32), it won't shade as dark and you won't have to pick about a bazillion different colours for shadows and highlights. :p
    Sometimes I use the blur tool over the whole image so that the shading blends better; it works, or it doesn't-if it doesn't I undo it and go back to do more blending with the smudge tool. :p
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