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post #1 of 11 Old 09-16-2011, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Painting WIP

Here is an in-progress picture of a commission I'm working on. Right now I still need to fix the tail and hooves, and I'll be adding detail to the foreground and far background, but I'd really appreciate any critique or suggestions.



I worked off of two different photos, one for the shading and a different one for the pose. Here is the reference picture for the shading:
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-16-2011, 10:00 PM
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Gorgeous :)

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I think it's gorgeous. It has such a softness to it...love it love it.
Can't wait to see how you finish it up. No critiques from me. Oils have never been my cup of tea.

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I think it looks great! Love what you have done to it!
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Thanks everyone for the comments, I'm hoping to finish it either tomorrow or Wednesday, and since it's taken me at least 15 hours so far I'll be really glad when it's finally done, lol.

midwestgirl89: Thanks, I know what you mean with oils... I'm fairly new to them as well so it still takes me at least an hour to mix the right colors before I can start putting any paint on the canvas. XD
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I wouldn't touch either the foreground nor the background. I like the way the eye goes directly to the horse. It's beautiful the way it is. I had done a similar sketch and the art teacher told me the horse was moving out of the picture, that I should have it turned a little as though returning to the middle of the picture. You are very talented.
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I wouldn't touch either the foreground nor the background. I like the way the eye goes directly to the horse. It's beautiful the way it is. I had done a similar sketch and the art teacher told me the horse was moving out of the picture, that I should have it turned a little as though returning to the middle of the picture. You are very talented.
Thank you for the suggestions, I guess I always try to get every detail to be as close to the photo as possible so I didn't think of leaving the background less developed. I might try leaving the background mostly the way it is then and just adding a bit of detail to some areas in the foreground.
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I agree. Often, minute details are what kills a picture, and brings the focus away from the main object. I absolutely adore the soft, homey feel that it gives off...if you were to ask me, your painting is even better than the original photo! xD the horse is much better rounded in yours than the refference photo.

The only thing I'm noticing is that you've make the withers very round and high. I realize that this is how they are portrayed in the reference picture, but since you've tucked the horse into itself very cleanly, the wither ought to blend in lower. The reason for this is that the horse in the ref is way in front of the verticle, and this isn't rounding it's spine and bringing it's legs under itself fully. In your picture, the horse is giving off very nice head carriage, making it flex the spine and drop the shoulders.

That's being super picky though ^^

It's a beautiful piece. I'd have no patience for that!

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Endiku: Thank you so much for the advice! I've been having tons of difficulties with the line from her withers to hindquarters and have re-done it at least 5 different ways, so I'm really glad you figured out what was wrong with it!
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I am speechless that is amazing!

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