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post #1 of 6 Old 06-17-2012, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Art Study

So, I'm an artist of course , and I love to draw animals, especially horses, since I love them a lot. I'll be doing a horse art study, drawing nothing but horses and horse stuff to see how good I can become at drawing them in a span of time. Here's a piece to start out, I'll update this thread when I draw new stuff ^^. Would love feedback!

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-19-2012, 02:49 AM
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Well, C.C. (my initials, too, btw)

There's some interesting things going on here. The ears are really attractive. Horse ears have very complex Concave/convex curves and lines. I think you have a good feel for that. the throatlatch area and neck is good, too.
The muzzle is, hm m m. almost there. I think the nostrils are a bit overworked. They, like the ear, have complex curves, but it's ok to make them a bit simpler for clarity, unless you want theat to be the place people spend the most time looking.

The eye on this horse is what's off. you have it looking more like the eye of a human , or dog or cat; an animal whose eyes are in the front plain of its' head, and this view is a bit from the side.
A horse's eyes are more positioned on the side of his head, so when viewed from the side, you are actually viewing it full on.

Look more carefully at the skull of a horse and how the eyes fit in, and where the ears are (further back than in your drawing).

I hope you don't mind my nitpicking, but if you are doing a focussed study, some attention to anatomy will be essential.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-19-2012, 08:43 PM
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Not bad! Can't wait to see how you progress.
I agree with tiny, though i might add the cheek bone is set a little too far back and high up and the chin could be a bit more defined.
It's amazing how the tiniest things can affect a drawing.
I too like the ears (which i personally hate to draw lol those and hooves)
Keep it up!

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-19-2012, 08:57 PM
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This work is amazing and the shading is great, you made the horse look strong and valiant - great job!
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-19-2012, 11:15 PM
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Is the study intended to have you drawing a realistic view of horses, or a cartoon version?

Your drawing is very 'cute' type drawing that would look great as an illustration. However it is not terribly realistic.
If you want to get your portrait realistic, as Tinyliny explained above, you need to practice, practice and practice the proportions of each 'landmark' of the horse, until the proportions are correct, the horse will never look realistic. The tones you use in a realistic portrait are also extremely important, especially if you are working in graphite. You need to have some area's that are black, and some that are white, and then the rest inbetween. At the moment your drawing does not have evenly dispersed tonal values which makes it look quite 'blocky'.

If you are aiming at illustration/cartoon style drawings though, what you are doing now is lovely and with some tweaking on proportions you'll be doing a brilliant job :)

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-21-2012, 12:22 AM
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Your profile pic is really cool! Did yu draw it too?
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