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        02-27-2014, 07:24 PM
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    Foal
    Trying to decide on war paint

    I can't decide if I should add a handprint or some markings on the rear end. It's not done... I know I made him tooooo short! Lol! My canvas ran out....
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        02-27-2014, 07:26 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Saltybaby    
    I can't decide if I should add a handprint or some markings on the rear end. It's not done... I know I made him tooooo short! Lol! My canvas ran out....
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    Here's the painting
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        02-27-2014, 07:40 PM
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    Green Broke
    I think it looks good. But if you want to add something, check this site out. It tells you what the markings mean and where they go ;)
    Indian symbols used on the war horse
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        02-27-2014, 07:43 PM
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    A spot of red always adds pizazz to any painting. That is a nice piece!
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        02-27-2014, 07:47 PM
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    Foal
    Thanks for the site!! Yes, my markings are just randomness- but since it's a portrait of my horse- I figured why not- ha-... Ok..ok, My horse, with more hair. :)
         
        02-27-2014, 07:48 PM
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    Showing
    Even if his tail is meant to be sparse, the tail bone is longer than what you have, unless he's lifted his tail to have a dump.
         
        02-27-2014, 07:53 PM
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    Foal
    Yep, tail was lifted! :) I also made him short and a few hundred pounds heavier ;)it's the thought that counts :)
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        02-27-2014, 08:07 PM
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    Even if his tail is meant to be sparse, the tail bone is longer than what you have, unless he's lifted his tail to have a dump.

    I see this piece more as an exaggeration of the things that make an Appy an Appy, especially with the extreme perspective. Thus, accuracy is not that as important as "feel".
    I like the loud spots, and the limited color palate.

    I could wish for the eye to be a bit , h m m m , more horse shaped, and more striking, maybe with a white dot for shine in it? And, now after seeing the ref picture, I think the white of his eye needs to be whiter, and the arches around it a tiny bit stronger. The eye is the soul, really.

    Putting a bright red handprint on his butt would be cool, IMO. I love the deep blue background. Don't do too much more. You risk losing the immediacy of it.

    This is a nice piece. How big is it?
         
        02-27-2014, 08:21 PM
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    Foal
    LOL, yes, I need to order paint brushes! I did this with an angle shader 1/2 inch brush- I have no detail / line brushes! Only bigger brushes... Even pushing the paint around the eye was a wash... My plan is to do some repair work tomorrow as the paint sets up a bit. It's a 16x24
         
        02-27-2014, 08:42 PM
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    Well, the result with the big brushes give it a bold feeling. Be careful, if you get all picky you could rework the life right out if it! I do this all the time, that's why I encourage you to do as little as necessary. A daub of white on the whites of his eye, and use a tooth pick to put one "shine" spot on the black part of his eye.

    Paint a bright red hand on a piece of paper, let it dry, cut it out right on the edges and lay it where you'd like to paint it eventually. (this is just a tester hand), then judge if that is an improvement or a detraction. This way you won't paint on it then regret t. If you like, then go back and paint it in place.
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