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post #41 of 253 Old 02-18-2012, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah see what you mean about it being cartoony, maybe it was the stress of a commission?
I think the ears need more work done, they don't look hairy like ears should. Also it hasn't got any whiskers, and the muzzle is very clear cut and rounded, they're normally a bit lumpy bumpy. Good job on the eye :)
Can we maybe have a reference picture? That might help us see things you haven't (I always need a second pair of eyes, especially after looking at the drawing for ages!)
Edit - Also the bit could do with some shading
Oooh I forgot the whiskers! And the throat lash on the bridle! I just made some changes to the drawing, so I will rescan it onto my laptop after dinner And yes, I will also post the reference photo! Thanks Elaine
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post #42 of 253 Old 02-18-2012, 12:28 PM
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Is it in pencil? Looks like it but can't quite tell. One thing that I'd recommend is really working to intensify the shading in the shadowed areas. Like around the bridle, the bit, and cheek area. Doing that will make the bridle look like it's sitting on his face rather than level with it.
If it's in pencil, do you use different levels? Like 3b, hb, etc? Using the different types will help you reach the level of depth needed to help look more realistic.
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post #43 of 253 Old 02-18-2012, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Is it in pencil? Looks like it but can't quite tell. One thing that I'd recommend is really working to intensify the shading in the shadowed areas. Like around the bridle, the bit, and cheek area. Doing that will make the bridle look like it's sitting on his face rather than level with it.
If it's in pencil, do you use different levels? Like 3b, hb, etc? Using the different types will help you reach the level of depth needed to help look more realistic.
Best of luck!
Yes it is pencil. I'm at my boyfriends and didn't bring any of my things with me, so had to make do with just one pencil. As I said, I'll rescan the drawing in soon tonight
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Okay, so I added the throatlash, the whiskers and pimples, aaaaand now i'm stuck! Why does it look so cartoony?

I can't stand the thought of giving this to someone who is paying! Do you think I should start over?

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post #45 of 253 Old 02-18-2012, 01:49 PM
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Bear in mind that he is a black horse, so he should be very dark in shading :) See how dark you've done the mane? Now compare the mane and the horse's actual colouring in the picture, they're very similar :)
The horse you're drawing also has quite a sleepy eye look, and I don't think you've put in his eyelid the right way.

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Bear in mind that he is a black horse, so he should be very dark in shading :) See how dark you've done the mane? Now compare the mane and the horse's actual colouring in the picture, they're very similar :)
The horse you're drawing also has quite a sleepy eye look, and I don't think you've put in his eyelid the right way.
Black horses scare me. I was worried that if I made the drawing too dark I wouldn't be able to put detail in. Do you still think it looks cartoony? Do you think I should start over?

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I agree that after looking at the reference picthat he should be a tad darker...not so much that u lose all detail but truer to the horse. That may help with the 'cartoonish' look too. I always ha e to tell myself that i cant outline everything. Sometimes if you cant see a definite ending point,feel free to let you line of aight just fade. I hope that makes sense. I worry when i confuse MYSELF that im not making any sense! Lol.
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And i wouldnt give up on this one just yet. The difference after adding more depth already makes it look almost like a different drawing.
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post #50 of 253 Old 02-18-2012, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, looks like I'll be darkening it tomorrow
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