Hey everyone! I haven't been on here for ages and had obviously forgotten how good the forum is, so glad I'm back!
So I have a bit of an unusual critique request... I am getting a tattoo of a horse on my inner forearm sometime in the near future, and being the perfectionist I am, I am drawing it myself so I never have anything to complain about So what I'm looking for is a bit of conformation critique on my horse drawing! I'm going to have this for the rest of my life so I want it to be absolutely perfect.
Eventing, the sport where you strap your medical information to your arm.
Id say the back looks too long, the front knee joint looks a bit high up, and the chest looks a tad weird. Apart from that looks ok (head, mane, tail). Also the start of tail might need to come down a bit?
Take a look at this. Before you put something this permanent on yourself if you want perfection also take a look at some of Edweard Muybrridge's photos. At the turn of the century when photography was new he did series of photos showing how a horse moves (freeze frames). This showed, among other things, that a horse has a moment of suspension at the trot (had been a long argument). The horse you have drawn looks like he is doing two gaits at once.. or as if he was running along and then dodged or something.
Here is an overlay I did on your drawing. It is not great.. but I think you get the idea. Drawing horses is a specialty (been doing it for 50 years).
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill
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I love that set of photos... I'd love to have a reel of Muybridge photos framed on my wall.
If you're looking for perfection and precision you'd be better off to go from a photo. You just take it to the tattoo artist. That way you don't have to worry about flaws in a drawing... nothing can be as realistic as a photo.