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post #11 of 22 Old 12-23-2011, 12:48 AM
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I suck at trying to explain things, so let me try to show you. This is a picture that I did a bit ago. Not the best representation, and the quality takes a heck of a lot of the depth and detail out, but I can explain a bit better using this as a visual reference to what I'm trying to describe. The key is the shade. Instead of erasing the highlights, try leaving white spaces first. It gives some texture, therefore some depth. Erasing highlights is best used sparingly, IMO, because it gives such a large shine effect, taking away from the texture. Just draw individual hairs and use less for lighter parts and more for darker parts. Not sure if this is making sense, though, like I said, I'm not very good at explanations. But I hope I helped a bit. :)
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post #12 of 22 Old 12-23-2011, 12:52 AM
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And I'd just like to add that I think you have very good work. Very good proportions, and I LOVE your eyes and noses, they look so soft and real!
Do you draw from photographs, or your head?
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post #13 of 22 Old 12-23-2011, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thankyou so much for the advice and don't worry I understand what your saying.
I always draw from a photo I can't draw from my head lol.
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post #14 of 22 Old 12-25-2011, 08:23 PM
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When I was a kid I liked 2 local artists, thought they were awesome. I did a pic in high school (art contest) and ended up winning it, which Artist #1 was the judge. When I went to get my ribbon I asked the artist for advice and was shocked at how big of a jerk he was. I was sadly disappointed when he suggested I not waste my time with art.

Artist #2 (Ray Harm) was doing a "signing" and my dad dragged me up there with my art portfolio. Ray stopped signing his prints and took a solid 5 minutes to go through my work. In a nutshell Ray told me this:
Make your dark areas darker than life and the light areas lighter than life, to get the largest contrast you can. I never forgot his kindness that evening while 15 folks waited in line....that he gave to a 14 year old kid. The advice, was GOOD advice as well!

Try it on one of your pics.....make sure you aren't doing the entire pic with one pencil (guilty here :) )and make those dark areas darker...to make it pop.
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post #15 of 22 Old 12-25-2011, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thankyou Flintlock! I will try, and it goes to show how a little bit of someones time can mean so much.

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post #16 of 22 Old 12-31-2011, 05:10 PM
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I like the jumping one. It is very 3D.

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post #18 of 22 Old 01-04-2012, 08:37 PM
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Hi are your ready? For the mane remember to make the top line darker. I use a mechanical pencil and do a lot of individual hairs. Then I take a smudger (stump) and soften the topline and make it darker with more pencil like an before or a B6 graphite. Then place more lines for individual hairs. There is usually a shadow underneath the ends of the hair against the neck so be sure to make a darker shadow along the under part of the mane. Make the shadow jagged up into the mane. E-mail me and I will send you an example from one of my drawings. I haven't posted any of my drawings yet but I may. I have been drawing horses for @ 55 years.

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post #19 of 22 Old 01-04-2012, 08:46 PM
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Your drawings are beautiful! Very good job! Try to use a bigger variation between shades (lights and darks) to make the manes pop more? I love the second picture you posted! I like that his head is big and bulky adds depth to the picture! Your a very good artist!

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