Originally Posted by tinyliny
It's the eyes that need correcting. They are orbs , which are partialy encases in the eyesocket/eyelid. The horse's left eye is on such an angle that the eye socket (bone structure of the face) blocks your ability to view the whole orb. So, you must draw the orb of the eye more covered by the eye lid/socket. It ends up being more like seeing only half the orb.
Really look at the eye shape (as defined by the eyelid over the eyeball) it isn't round , but there's kind of a "peaked up" area , which is the upper eyelid, and it makes the eyes more diamond shaped in appearance. Your horse's eyes look more like dog eyes.
The ears are very good and look just like the reference photo. Muzzle, too, is very good. That is one tough photo to work from. I would have asked her for a better one. If the client cannot provide a good photo, and asks you to make adjustments, you should charge a bit more becasue it takes more time.
The dogs are great!
I'll try and sort the eyes out tomorrow...
I did ask her for a different picture but every one she gave me was just blurry, out of focus or just not very good. Makes it so much harder.
Originally Posted by Kayty
Agreed with tiny :)
You have made a good start on the horse, but the eyes really are the most vital part of a portrait. Without getting the eyes right, it can look like any old horse and not the clients.
May I advise you to zoom right up on the eyes, and on a piece of scrap paper, try to replicate them. Horse eyes tend to have a straight line from the inside corner nearly to the top of the eye, if you don't get this straight angle, then the eye will always look cartoonish.
I can't zoom in on the picture because it's basically rubbish
that's why I'm having to improvise so much. All the pictures she sent me are blurry and out of focus. When I zoom in or enlarge any of them they just blur totally.
Like I said I'll try the eyes again tomorrow.
Everyone loves the dogs
can't wait to finish them.