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        01-02-2010, 10:16 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Jag's Art Journal

    Hello, I thought I post some of my art here and keep a nice documentation of my WIPs (work in progresses) and just get some general feedback from the equestrain community! :)

    Here is my most recent commission - as well as sharing the title as being my first international commission. This little horse is named Denver and is owned by a lovely lady in Norway. :)



    I'm in the process of making a cute little WIP movie, I took lots of pictures while in the process of making this one. It took approx. 9-10 hours and I working on layering my shading more that I usually do to give the image more mid-tone value. I have to say too, this was probably my most difficult commission to date - the reference image I was provided was smaller than this image (around 500px wide) and had a rider and full tack, so the midsection and much of the face was imagined by me. But! I'm very satisfied with the end result and so was the customer. :)

    Now with being home for the winter break and grounded with a broken ankle, I've taken on the challange of a digital piece. Never attempted one on this scale before, so it will be an interesting learning process. Here are two WIPs of my silly little unicorn. Haha.

    First, just the sketch - 20-30mins?


    And the blocking in stages, it's been quiet a challange because I, sadly, don't have a tablet so it's slow going mouse work. Thank goodness for large resolution that can be scaled down to hide shakey hand work! Haha!


    Well, that's all for now! I'll update as new things come up. Also, if you're interested, here's my deviantart page! Jag6201 on deviantART

    THANKS!
    Molly aka Jag6201
         
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        01-02-2010, 10:29 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    Gosh it's been so long since I've done a digi painting... Awesome work!
         
        01-02-2010, 10:36 PM
      #3
    Trained
    Oh wow, I was trying to work out on that first photo what medium you had done it in... then it dawned on me that it was digital!!
    Very very classy work, I can't work on a computer to save my life, using a mouse to draw details? That is impossible haha!
         
        01-02-2010, 10:41 PM
      #4
    Foal
    Haha, thanks Kayty! I've seen some of your art and it's very impressive, so a compliment from you is quiet a treat! :)
    But, I have to correct you... Hehe - the first image is good ole' traditional pencil, my main medium. Actually, it's cheap-y BIC .7 mechanical pencil. I just can't use artist pencils, I always end up using only one anywas, so I just use the cheap things, graphite is graphite to me! Haha.
    Thanks!!

    Also thank you too PaintsPwn - It's been fun working on a digital piece for the first time. :)
         
        01-02-2010, 10:45 PM
      #5
    Trained
    Is it really just graphite?! My god, I'm trying to work out how you got it so rounded and have got such fantastic tones in there. Then I saw the second and thought they must both be digital! I stand corrected! I can't do anything like that, I'm too much of a bloody fuss pot, I draw in each and every hair, and in doing so lose alot of that basic detail that makes your drawing stand out so beautifully
         
        01-02-2010, 10:58 PM
      #6
    Foal
    That drawing was actually my "break out" image in terms of getting a more realistic midtone representation. I used to have a habit of really "blasting" my darks and whites and leaving very little soft midtones making the drawings in my opinion, harsh. It made a cool effect for some images, such as competitive and high-action, but I wanted to be able to make softer, more pleasing to they eye type images and with the completion of that last drawing, I think I've taken a step in the right direction. :)

    Here's an example of my previous drawings. While I still do like the end result, I think it lacks a sense of movement and looks "plastic-y".

         
        01-02-2010, 11:16 PM
      #7
    Foal
    Also, looking through your Art Journal (didn't realise I'd stolen your thread name! So sorry for that!) I have a question for you, since you seem to been a pretty active commissioner. I haven't done many commission, and even fewer ones that are non-family/friend (actually, I think that norway commission is the only one... How sad!) do you have any pointers on getting a new commissioner name out to get some more? Being a poor college stude, I could use all the money I can get! As well as since I still haven't yet been able to fit in any sort of art based classes into my schedule, it'll give me an excuse to sit down and draw.
    Thanks in advance! :)
         
        01-02-2010, 11:53 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Oh no! I didn't realize you couldn't go back and edit previous posts. Well, that's a major bummer... Oh well - here's that WIP animation thing I was talking about for the first drawing. Sorry it loops so fast, I couldn't figure out how to put more delay in...

         
        01-03-2010, 12:08 AM
      #9
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jag6201    
    Also, looking through your Art Journal (didn't realise I'd stolen your thread name! So sorry for that!) I have a question for you, since you seem to been a pretty active commissioner. I haven't done many commission, and even fewer ones that are non-family/friend (actually, I think that norway commission is the only one... How sad!) do you have any pointers on getting a new commissioner name out to get some more? Being a poor college stude, I could use all the money I can get! As well as since I still haven't yet been able to fit in any sort of art based classes into my schedule, it'll give me an excuse to sit down and draw.
    Thanks in advance! :)

    I would LOVE to pay you to do a drawing of my guy. What sizes do you do? Could you get it framed prior to shipping so that it doesn't smudge? (I'd pay for that of course - if it's possible) I can email you a high resolution image to do the drawing of - I'd like to have it hung in Baby Q's room. :)

    Do you have PayPal?
         
        01-03-2010, 12:35 AM
      #10
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sixxofdiamonds    
    I would LOVE to pay you to do a drawing of my guy. What sizes do you do? Could you get it framed prior to shipping so that it doesn't smudge? (I'd pay for that of course - if it's possible) I can email you a high resolution image to do the drawing of - I'd like to have it hung in Baby Q's room. :)

    Do you have PayPal?
    I would be happy do draw your horse - and would be more than willing to frame if the costs are provided. As well as yes, I do have paypal. :)

    Email me at MMellinger13@sc.stephens.edu with your image and we can chat some more about details. Thanks! :)
         

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