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post #11 of 21 Old 03-12-2010, 12:20 PM
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That is a beautiful picture.

Good luck to you!
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post #12 of 21 Old 03-12-2010, 03:47 PM
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Looks great! I'd say just work on highlighting the mane and tail better and work on the shape of your hooves. Over all, very nice! Good Job!

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post #13 of 21 Old 03-12-2010, 04:00 PM
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I "definately" think you could advertise for commissions. my only advice is if this is your"only" drawing you have that is this high quality, get a few more drawings under your belt so you can put together a portfolio and have multiple pieces to show off to potential clients. Do a few head shots and full body shots of different breeds and colors (I know these are black and white drawings, but you should still be able to tell a chestnut from a bay from a palomino). If you also want to offer horse and rider combos or tack included, provide some samples of those as well.

I think your overall composition is VERY good and I actually really like the shading a lot. I much prefer a high contrast drawing to a flat monotone drawing. It looks like you have outlined the horse with a solid dark line, which makes it look less 3 dimetional. I used to do that same thing (still do to an extent). Many artists will say that if there is a highlighted area right there at the edge, leave it light. Don't try to outline it. I actually personally like the outlined look, but if you truely are going for a totally realistic drawing, you may want to soften the outlined areas. But as I said, I personally happen to like that look and I think it makes your drawings uinique. I have no training at all short of some of the advice I have recieved in here and from friends, so I am not an expert on technique at all. I just know what looks good to"me"....lol.

Otherwise, practice makes perfect! I started out doing free sketches for people on myspace and then they started asking to buy the originals. I literally sold my art for only $15 for a long time before I gradually increased my prices. You mentioned the paper being of poor quality. You can justify raising your prices when you start using better quality materials, but for now, start low (like literally $15 or $20) and see how much interest you get. If it seems like too much, you can always raise your prices.

Good luck and keep drawing.
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post #14 of 21 Old 03-12-2010, 04:02 PM
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Nice! As far as the shading, it might just be the paper, but you could also take a smudge stick to it (don't use your finger) which will help smooth it out and get rid of the pencil lines.
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post #15 of 21 Old 03-12-2010, 06:26 PM
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I think it looks wonderful. I think you have loads of talent!
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post #16 of 21 Old 03-12-2010, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts. I do have some other pieces done, mpstly of wildlife and peoples dogs. I am going to try and post a few more on here for more opionions. I really value your input, and these little thingss you pick up help me see things that I dont on my own. If anyone wants to share a picture for me to draw that would be nice. I am looking for a portrait of a nice looking horse (something with contrast and shadows for me to practise) in either a halter or western tack. THANKS AGAIN!
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post #17 of 21 Old 03-14-2010, 04:29 PM
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I see nothing wrong with the shading or muzzle, this is a wonderful drawing, you could definitely get some commissions! The only thing that bugs me about the picture is the underbelly, the outline looks like it should be rounder. Other than that though, it's gorgeous!
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post #18 of 21 Old 03-14-2010, 06:36 PM
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Would this pic work??
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post #19 of 21 Old 03-14-2010, 06:38 PM
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People have been commenting about the shading, so I will leave that out.

However, try to add something in there for background too!
Right now it is basicly a floating horse.
Try to avoid that by adding a tiny piece of grass under the hooves, or some sand, but basicly give it an element so that it stops floating on the page :)
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post #20 of 21 Old 03-15-2010, 03:02 AM Thread Starter
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I really lick that photo! I will give this one a try, but not until later in the week (busy with school and work, humph) Put I will post when I am done!
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