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post #1 of 13 Old 07-05-2011, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my drawing please

I know I don't have the talent of some of the wonderful horse forum artisits out there, but I was wondering if you guys could critique my drawing.

I made this drawing as a gift for a friend of mine (and some of you may recognize the horse), but here is the reference photo:
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And here is my drawing. I know it isn't that great, but I'm proud it looks like a horse! I used color pencil, and the scanner made it look less "colored in" than it actually is. I haven't decided if I'm going to add some background yet. But anywho, critique away:
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The sketch itself is really good, I think. To help smooth out the color pencil lines, try cross hatching lightly and layer it. Its gives it a much softer look but allows you to (eventually) get nice rich colors. Have patience though it takes forever, that's why I don't like colored pencils much at all. I'm too impatient haha. Another good method is to follow the direction of the fur, though sometimes that will make a sleek coat look like a fuzzy winter one.
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Also if you decide to not add background, I would add just a few blades of grass to either side of him (her?) so he doesn't look like he's floating. Something my art teacher drilled into my head at a young age when my pictures could fly.
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Also if you decide to not add background, I would add just a few blades of grass to either side of him (her?) so he doesn't look like he's floating. Something my art teacher drilled into my head at a young age when my pictures could fly.
Its a floating horsie!!!

Thats what I plan on doing if I don't color the background. I think doing that adds a more finished look to drawings.

Thanks for the advice
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post #6 of 13 Old 07-06-2011, 12:42 AM
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you are very talented!!
i love your design but if i was you i would try going non-coolour for a while.
I learnt that the hard way... a few years ago i drew the most amazing horse, i decided to colour and the drawing eventually turrned out looking like a 3 year old did it! (i cried for 2 hours!!)
I DO NOT MEAN YOUR DRAWING LOOKS ANYTHING LIKE MINE DID!! that sounds so mean what i said before! I was not comparing your drawing to my retarted one, i just decided to tell you about it
sorry if you took offence to it...
anyway i love your work!!

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you are very talented!!
i love your design but if i was you i would try going non-coolour for a while.
I learnt that the hard way... a few years ago i drew the most amazing horse, i decided to colour and the drawing eventually turrned out looking like a 3 year old did it! (i cried for 2 hours!!)
I DO NOT MEAN YOUR DRAWING LOOKS ANYTHING LIKE MINE DID!! that sounds so mean what i said before! I was not comparing your drawing to my retarted one, i just decided to tell you about it
sorry if you took offence to it...
anyway i love your work!!
No offense taken Marlea I understand the point you're making, and I agree my coloring isn't the greatest. The scanner made it look worse than it is. And thanks for the compliment!
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I love it! I have tried to drawn horses before and it is certainly a challenge! My one tip is to try and emphasize the length of the legs. I can tell it is hard from the reference picture, but the way the rear hoof is angled can really add dimension. Maybe I am being too picky...GREAT JOB! Keep it up!
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Hi Knack,

That is not an easy position to draw a horse in. (dangling preposition)
Usually we draw horses standing and it's more natural to have a feel for the porportions. But here, you can't go by what's familiar. You have to really LOOK at the photo and draw exactly what you see, so that the forshortening and all come out. And your have done this with remarkable accuracy! The lines of the back, and the way the back feet tuck up under the tummer, ALL just exactly like the photo!!!
The only area that is just a wee bit , shall I say, stiff, is the face. In the photo the mane covers a bit more of the face, giving it a bit more of a cute, peeking feeling, and it isn't stick straight. Helps to give hair lines a bit of a "wave" to them to help the viewer read them as "hair". They drape over the bone structure of the face, though in this case, dead straight on, not as evident .

The other tips on cross hatching are good. YOu can use this to help describe round surfaces, like the leg itself. It is basically long , roundish shape, like a cylander, so cross hatching or shading lines that help define that roundness help.

Yes, the idea to "ground" the horse with some background is good. Look at the shadow around it, maybe some dark lines, in a parallet to the ground motion , will say "ground" and "shadow".

It's a charming piece and quite recognizeable as THAT horse.
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Looks good, It would make it pop out more if you used darker shaded areas and light areas.

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