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post #21 of 253 Old 02-04-2012, 08:48 PM
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This is stage 1 of a picture with the eye completed.
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post #22 of 253 Old 02-05-2012, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I've been drawing most of my life It's always been my passion (aswell as horses of course). But because of life and responsibilities, I got out of doing it for a long time and only recently, things in my personal life have suddenly gone 180 and drawing again is helping me alot mentally.

I know how you feel when you say about your own work bugging you. The other day I started a drawing, spent HOURS on it and totally screwed up the eye. I abandoned the picture all together and started another. It felt crap. But, the positive that came out of it was that I learn't that in future, I'm always going to finish the eye before the rest, because capturing depth in an eye is, for me, one of the hardest parts of a picture. So if I get that right first, then the rest will probably be ok. lol
I always heard people saying how important the eye was, and I didn't realise until I started drawing again! I tend to rush my drawings a little, I really need to slow myself down. I really struggle to make my drawings realistic as you can tell.

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That looks beautiful
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I love the colts.
I rush my drawings too, especially when I'm near the end! Something I have to work on :)

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I love the colts.
I rush my drawings too, especially when I'm near the end! Something I have to work on :)
Thanks, and yeah me too
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Okay guys, here is the finished (I think) piece. It's on A4 paper, in pencil. It's my friends 3 and a half year old gelding.

Please feel free to tell me what you think I should add to it, or if there is anything wrong or needs changing.

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ooh I really like it, big improvement since your first drawings!
Shading is nice and really good job with the eye.
Only things are the mane looks a little rushed, the forelock is fine, but the bit down his neck looks...scribbly? Also the metal bits of the head collar look a bit pencil-neglected, try make them look shiny like real metal :)

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ooh I really like it, big improvement since your first drawings!
Shading is nice and really good job with the eye.
Only things are the mane looks a little rushed, the forelock is fine, but the bit down his neck looks...scribbly? Also the metal bits of the head collar look a bit pencil-neglected, try make them look shiny like real metal :)
Yep, manes are my arch enemy. I try hard to get them right, but fail!
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Yep, manes are my arch enemy. I try hard to get them right, but fail!
I just think you need to alter it so it goes from the top of the neck and down the other side out of view. At the moment it looks like it's going from the top of the neck, loop de loop, back to the top of the neck :)

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Manes and tales were/and still are a big challenge for me. While on one hand you want it to look realistic with individual hairs, you also want it to flow together. The technique that I usually end up going with, which may not be the best, is I like to incorporate highlighting with my kneaded eraser. And darken up the contrast in areas. Not only does it give more of a dimensional look but you don't get lost in tiny individual hairs.
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I'm all for the less-is-more approach. Sometimes I skirt on the little details for an overall smooth picture. But there are other artists here on the forum like kayty and confucious that are very consciencious of the little details...making their style unique. Everyone has their own technique when it comes to their art. And I think that once you find what your preference is and go with it, you'll find that it gets easier.
Plus it contributes to your style, making your art specifically yours. Best of luck!

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Manes and tales were/and still are a big challenge for me. While on one hand you want it to look realistic with individual hairs, you also want it to flow together. The technique that I usually end up going with, which may not be the best, is I like to incorporate highlighting with my kneaded eraser. And darken up the contrast in areas. Not only does it give more of a dimensional look but you don't get lost in tiny individual hairs.
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I'm all for the less-is-more approach. Sometimes I skirt on the little details for an overall smooth picture. But there are other artists here on the forum like kayty and confucious that are very consciencious of the little details...making their style unique. Everyone has their own technique when it comes to their art. And I think that once you find what your preference is and go with it, you'll find that it gets easier.
Plus it contributes to your style, making your art specifically yours. Best of luck!
Yes I know what you mean. I need to find my own way of doing hair, I havn't found it yet

What do you think about the rest of the drawing?

And good news everyone, I got my first two commissions today
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