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        02-05-2011, 10:04 PM
    my drawing(s) :D advice?

    Did the picture work?

    Anyways, assuming it did, this is a recent (recent being last night at midnight hehe) drawing I did.

    I was wondering what you guys on here thought of it? What can I improve upon? Probably lots to work on, I know, but im curious to hear your thoughts.

    If this picture works i'll upload more for you guys to see/offer tips on/ whatever if anyone wants.

    Its wierd because I won't draw for months and then i'll randomly see a picture I want to draw or notice my abandoned sketchbook lying somewhere and start drawing like a madperson for a couple weeks and complete like three sketches a day and then stop again.
    I'm trying to improve so when I get out of high school I could make some money with commisions given my practice gets my drawings good enough by then. Do you think, based on this, it would be possible in the future?

    Ah, sorry for so many questions and my babbling. (and watch, after all this the picture wont work )

    So, anyways whadda think?
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        02-05-2011, 10:05 PM
    Guess what? I can't see the picture!
        02-05-2011, 10:07 PM
    Saw that one coming! Darn technology! How about now?
        02-05-2011, 10:11 PM
    Yep sure can now!

    Well I am no expert but I think that the horses head needs to be a little more narrow and the bridle looking like it is wrapped around the horses head.. Also the bit should be in the horses mouth and the ears should be the same size.

    But other than that I think you have alot of potential! Keep up the good work and good luck!
        02-05-2011, 10:13 PM
    Haha! Oh dear you're right, the bit isnt in its mouth is it? -hides- It was late, I was tired.
    Alright, thanks for your advice, I feel dumb but im glad you noticed..
    Mind if I post a couple more?
        02-05-2011, 11:02 PM
    Go for it, I will do what I can to help, I draw a lot as well.
    I drew my avatar oicture and edited the words onto it using
        02-05-2011, 11:19 PM
    I think you did a really nice job, Paints. (:

    I concur with PintoTess, too. The bridle is a foreign object on the horse's face and there should be a lip (a "bump") where it wraps around the animal's face. I also agree about the ears. A good way to fix this is to look at the drawing in the mirror (seeing it backwards, upside down, etc. can help you see some mistakes yourself). If you're using a reference (which by the way, can we see that as well?), keep referring back to it. Compare your drawing to the photo(s) and say; "what looks that same, what's different?" The horse's head, too, should be a little bit more narrow; especially at the muzzle. As you can see in this photograph I took of one of the livery horses, the face narrows out quite a bit. Something else I noticed is how "flat" the mane is; it's laying against the horse's head, which unfortunately makes it look almost bald (oh noes!). Add a little more "hump" in the forelock and some simple shading and you're on your way to improving manes!

    Since no one is a perfect artist, there will be anatomy quirks. Work around those, they're no big deal. You're young and have plenty of time to improve. (:

    You're on a great track; studying photos is a great way to start, especially when you're detailing the drawing and not just doodling something simple. Way to go!

    ~ Carrie
        02-05-2011, 11:24 PM
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    I think Pinto Tess had some very good points. She is a keen observer.
    I agree that the symetry isn't quite there, and that is hard when the horse's head is coming toward you but also to the side. I have recommended to artists to draw a kind of elongated x, or rather a cross, one long line for the very center of the nose and the cross piece for the placement of the eye. As you rotate the cross in space you have to imagine how the cross piece would lay in space using perspective, right? Make sure that both eyes still line up on that cross piece.
    The horse's right eye is top notch. Better than I can do, no lie. I always have trouble with the eye.
    The nostrils are good, but again, they don't line up . They can have their own mini cross line to help you line them up, no matter how the horse's head rotates in space.

    Your shading is very , very soft. I like to see some areas that are left white or are very dark. Brings depth to the picture.
    Although the bit doesnt' go into the mouth, you handled it well. Check again to see that the circle of the loose ring is correctly an oval, as it is not flat to the viewer but at an angle.
    I think the drawing shows some technical skill and when you get better at laying things out in space, you will really shine!
        02-05-2011, 11:35 PM

    Here are a few more for you guys to look at, if you don't mind.

    I very much appreciate your helpful comments, im going to save them and reference them next time I draw. You guys are great :)
        02-05-2011, 11:41 PM
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    Got a good start on shading the face of the black one. Really good, but again, the head tapers down a LOT more than that. The nose is about half as wide as the distance from eye to eye.

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