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post #1 of 15 Old 02-02-2011, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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My Two latest drawings. :D

Here are two or my most recent drawings. Some people may not like them but I quiet like them. And also, I am going to start doing commissions for people in Australia at this stage so PM me if you are interested. Im only 15 so cut me some slack
The first one is a random shetland off the internet and the second one is JackofDiamonds show pony Play it again of Astral.
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-02-2011, 05:12 AM
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I love it! Your work is amazing yet again!

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post #3 of 15 Old 02-02-2011, 05:35 AM
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That is very clever. I don't have an artistic bone in my body at all. So talented artists amaze me.
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Hahah thankyou

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post #5 of 15 Old 02-02-2011, 03:04 PM
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These are GOOD. They are the best you have done so far.

I like the full body one quite a lot. Everything from the shoulder back ward if perfect. I can really see the shape of the bones, under the skin, demonstrated by the shine and shadow. They horse seems to have weight and exist in space and be affected by gravity.
However, when you get to the mane, this gets lost. The mane doesn't have the feel of "hanging". Mane is affected by wind and gravity. It looks kind of "bushy". Maybe this horse WAS bushy maned, I dont' know. Also , the mane obscures the topline of the neck, but somehow it doesnt' seem quite right, maybe a little bit overcurved? not sure. The neck is a tiny bit small compared to the rear. This is total nitpicking, but you have asked me to give you my feedback.
I like the way the feet kind of dissolve away. It's more artistic and I always like it when the artist lets me, the viewer, fill in some of the blanks.
The body is a tad short. Really , the hip and legs are terrific, textbook perfect.

The headshot is good, but I find it less appealing than the full body. There's a kind of stiffness about it. even leather tack can have softness and "drape" as it goes around the nose. It might have a little twist to it, or the roundness might collaps a little at some point. All these help to define it as existing in real space. the bit comes off really well and it really looks like it has some pressure on the horse's lips. You might give it even more reality if it had some shine to it (being stainless steel, it may have a "shine spot" where the light is brightly reflected).
The eyes are well situated in the skull, balanced from each other side to side . If you can have a tiny "shine spot" in the eye it helps to give them life. I sometimes add one, even if it wasn't evident in the photo.
YOu are progressing nicely. as you get more confident you will not need to have the pencil so smeared to achieve soft looks. It's nice to have soft looks, and you do it wonderfully to get the shine and muscle down perfectly. But you want to have it balanced by areas that are really crisp. If it's all soft the overall feeling is mushy. You lose the whites and don't have any real darks.

What kind of pencil are you using?

Just for hey of it, can you get some black paper and use a white conte pencil?
Maybe for a birthday gift you could ask for a gift certificate to the local art store and get some neat paper and colored pencils
Your work is starting to leave the childish look and really grow up!
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post #6 of 15 Old 02-02-2011, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much TinyLiny!!
I use S.B.T superior quality Artist pencils. I am getting some charcoal soon. The shetland was quiet hard to do but practice makes perfect I also noticed how weird it looked once drawn. But I NEVER draw shtelands for abvious reasons. ! I will show you the reference pic to the head. That was hard in a way, I wanted to get it perfect as I could. I would like to start just little commissions for a few people as I would like them to judge me as well. But Im not so sure yet......Maybe.
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post #7 of 15 Old 02-02-2011, 03:31 PM
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Wow! Fantastic job!

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I agree with Tinyliny; you've come along very well, Ellen!

Looking at your references, though, I noticed that the pony is a little bit off balance -- the front legs are longer than the back in your drawings. (Did you know that a horse's rear cannon bones are longer than their front cannon bones?) A great way to help this problem is to draw a "box" or a couple of lines where the horse's feet are/will be (I suggest you use a ruler; most of the time, on even ground, the feet will be even). If you'd like me to draw something up real quick to show you I'd be more than happy to.

I also noticed that your pony drawing is more stout than your reference; this adds individuality to your drawings, but if someone is commissioning a portrait of their horse they want it to be as accurate to their animal as possible. Again, the square under the feet can help with that a great deal. Do you use a base? (In another way of asking: Do you use sticks, ovals, and circles before you start to draw the actual horse?) Using a base before you being the "actual" drawing purpose can help you spot out any anatomical errors. This is especially helpful for "young artists."

And OH my goodness, girlie, your shading is so spectacular! I love it when artists shade their horse drawings realistically. It helps create a great sense of depth and can help set the mood of the image. Your shading just took my breath away. <3

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post #9 of 15 Old 02-02-2011, 04:13 PM
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Next time,post the photo and the drawing next to each other, ok? That helps if you want a critique for accuracy . If you are just drawing to draw, then don't worry about it.

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they look great (as usual) !! you are progressing into a really nice drawer!! make sure you keep posting your pics here i would love to keep seeing some drawings of yours!! :) ...........also tinyliny has some really good advice so make sure you take note of it ;) hehehe

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