09-24-2011, 09:18 PM
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I agree. A very good start. Being a fellow artist, I'm going to be very picky here, just as a warning.
Personally, I like the picture. The shading is a bit too dark though- and isn't allowing the eye and nostrils to contrast very well. A horse's eye is rather almost shaped, with the pink showing as a slight triangle and the wall/pupils blending into eachother. A horse's lower lip juts out a bit like a curb, then becomes smaller and rounded at the bottom, and indents where it meets the rest of the face, giving it a soft feel. Adding a glimpse of tounge would be nice, also- seeing that the horse in your picture is portrayed as working against his/her bit. (ears back, mouth gawking)
As for porportions, you've definitely got the right idea, but if you can use your thumb to 'measure' dimensions of one part of the body to another, I think it would help a lot. For instance. A horse's whole muzzle is the same legth as it's ears, the crestiest part of a horse's neck is the same width as the width from the lowest part of it's cheek to it's poll, and it's nostrils (you drew very nice, clean nostrils by the way!) are roughly one and a half to two of it's eyes.
Small things like that are what makes the animal realistic.
Very good job though. Keep it up, you obviously have some talent!