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post #1 of 4 Old 03-23-2010, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Need Tips

Hi everyone

So lately, i have found myself struggling and becoming pickier with my drawings.
This year one of my goal's is to leave my comfort Zone in drawing, i feel like i alway's keep in the same little bubble, and never let all my artistic ability shine through, which is probably how i will get anywhere to advance my drawing :)
I don't know enough tips etc, i am trying to work with alot of different mediums, and so far i have tried, oil pastels, watercolor paints, acrylic,pencils/graphite, charcoal (by far my most favourite).
Anyway's this year, i would like to work on just part's of horses, like hoove's, eye's etc, it will really help shape up my drawing for when i get around to actually drawing awhole one, :)
I need to learn to add more detail, without ruining the photo lol, and to shade better :)

I am a self taught artist, and it is one of the best things i do, but i just feel i need to 'expand my horizon'

Tips, Pointer's etc?

This month, i am working oh Hooves and the legs, so any tips appreciated because i feel this is my most weakest point.
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-23-2010, 11:20 AM
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That's commendable that you're wanting to improve on your art by focusing on certain parts like legs and hooves. They're one of the hardest things for me too. A really important thing I learned is to make sure that the leg is proportioned correctly. It looks strange if the distance between the knee and the fetlock is shorter than the part between the knee and the chest.
And don't forget about the veins and bone structure in the legs. When you shade according to the bones underneath, it looks a lot more lifelike.
Good luck! Look forward to seeing the results

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. ~Aristotle
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-23-2010, 03:46 PM
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Draw as much as you can for starters. After that look at a lot of other artists' drawings and pay attention to how they get the results they do. Drawing from life will improve your skills, set up a still life and don't let yourself erase. Do the same picture over several times without erasing, you'll find yourself getting sharper as well as quicker.

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post #4 of 4 Old 03-23-2010, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you both very much :)
I will definitally try that, i do usually draw from photographs, but have a hard time 'bringing them to life' so to speak lol
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