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post #11 of 67 Old 05-15-2011, 08:20 PM
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hello!
I see improvement :) The ears are much better in the second attempt!

For colouring I like to do my strokes the same way that the hair goes.

I'm just starting, but I thought I could give you what I've got lol

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post #12 of 67 Old 05-15-2011, 08:26 PM
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Please post more. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! Sometimes I sit in my room and spend 4 hours drawing a horse's eyes! If you want to get better you need to practice. If you need to practice you have to draw more and if you are you should have more drawings to post. So, show us your progress!
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post #13 of 67 Old 05-15-2011, 09:45 PM
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Phantom, whatever you do don't get yourself down, and DONT compare to others.
If you don't mind me asking, roughly how old are you?
Developing drawing skills takes a lot of time and practice. Start by going to absolute basics.
Draw a circle on a piece of paper - now turn it into a sphere by shading. Practice this until you can make your circle look 3D. Shading and tonal work is a very big part of effective and visually pleasing artwork.

When you start drawing horses, as Spyder said, look into the horse, not at the horse. When I do my commission pieces, I spent hours focussing on the horse's eyes and trying to get a feel for the horse's personality. If you get the eyes perfect, the rest will follow.
Maybe try to start drawing as many eyes as you can. Just work on an A3 sheet of paper, and draw eye after eye after eye until you can see an improvement. Use the circle-sphere exercise above, to help you develop tone and realism to the eyes. Observe where the light in coming from in a photograph, and try to mimic that in your drawing.

I also suggest that you practice drawing fur detail. Get onto your computer, pick any old horse and crop it down so that you just have a patch of clear fur, that has light and dark tones in it. Try to draw these views as many times as you can, to get a feel for tonal work and how the light reflects off a horse's coat to create shine.

I think Tiny suggested this as well, but allowing yourself a time limit of 1 or 2 minutes to draw as much as you can is a fantastic way to get a grasp of proportions. You tend to overlook the finer details in your attempt to draw the whole horse in such a short period of time. The more you practice this, you will be surprised to see how much detail and correct proportion you are coming up with.

Hope that's helped you a little, I need to head off and get some of my own commission work done now!
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Thanks!

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post #15 of 67 Old 05-21-2011, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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I am between 10-15. Why?

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post #16 of 67 Old 05-21-2011, 08:48 AM
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Just so I can word replies to suit - if you're an adult beginner in art I'd word any help a bit differently :)

ETA: hit reply to quickly! It's also good to know your approximate age to gauge your drawing skills, for between 10-15, you're very good!
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post #17 of 67 Old 05-21-2011, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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I have a question to everybody; should I do Lila in graphite shading or colour?

Kayty; Oh Ok, that makes sense!

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post #18 of 67 Old 05-21-2011, 08:54 AM
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I'd go for graphite in the beginning. Graphite gives you a very good idea of how to use tones and shading to create a three-dimensional drawing. To help you even more - edit the photo you use on the computer to make it black and white. This will help show you obvious differences in shading. When you draw it, try to match the tones in the black and white photo.
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post #19 of 67 Old 05-21-2011, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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I can't do that kind of stuff but if anyone on here can and would like to, I would be very grateful!

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post #20 of 67 Old 05-21-2011, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Is this what you ment by shading a sphere:



It looks a bit better in real life.

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