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Horse painting no 2 by Twarda8 Horse painting no 2 by Twarda8
Why? Because I feel like in cage.
Do not disregard me.

The picture is again based on callendar photo. I don't know from what year is the callander and who took the photos, only pictures stayed. The horse's tail isn't on the photo so I made it up. And its head was strange so I mixed this and another horse heads...
This callendar had only one good photo...
Yes, I used those brushes again. I don't like doing this, but lets keep the 'series' in the same style.
I need expand more folders in my gallery. This can't be like that.
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First off, I really love the overall effect here! It's a nice result.

I love the composition and colour scheme, it works really well to have the grey horse standing out so eye-catchingly from the background. I also love the variety of green you've included in the grass.

The trees in the background seem a little off to me, I can't tell for sure if they are hand drawn or via a brush. If done by brush, I would suggest drawing them in by hand and then applying a blue filter over them to ensure they remain in the background's focus level. If that's the route you've taken here, I would then suggest that more colour variety is needed, even though background elements should remain simple to stop attention being drawn away from the main focal point, I think it could be that parts using only one colour stand out to the human eye that is used to being bombarded with hundreds of new colours every where it looks.

You've done a brilliant job using a reference image to create a good pose and anatomy, and it's creative and resourceful of you to mix and match parts to better suit the result you wanted. I'm no specific expert on horse anatomy, but if you continue to practice and continually look back at examples of real horses, you will find that you are better able to see what is working and what isn't when it comes to the pose and anatomy.

I think the tail and mane could do with some finer hairs, using a smaller hard edges brush, you can always work by layering up different opacity layers to get the effect to be subtle as opposed to harsh and stripy. And the same would go for the grass, finer blades would add to the realism. I even tend go for the default grass brushes in photoshop, since with good colour picking and size variation, you can achieve a very nice, crisp effect.

Good use of shadows and I love that you've used dark green rather than straight black (I always say to try and avoid using straight blacks, whites and greys!). This you've done incredibly well here with a horse that most people simply see as grey and white, but in fact reflects lots of greens and blues form the surroundings as well as subtle variations of colour within it's own coat.

Lastly, I'm not a huge fan of borders, so I would advice to go without one, but it's a personal choice. Hopefully you find some of this useful :aww:
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I'd first like to say that your art is one of my favorites. I love this particular piece alot!

I'd like to point out a few things that I felt stuck out to me the most. Here we go.

The Trees:
I'm not sure if they were done with a brush, or if they were hand painted. They seem a bit odd for me. Perhaps add a few more, or take them out all together. They stick out a bit to much, if you are going to have trees in the background, perhaps add a few more so each one doesn't draw too much attention.

The Mane/Tail:
The mane isn't so bad, but the tail is slightly stiff. A few finer hairs are in order to keep it from looking like a wooden board, lol. I do, however, love the shading on the tail and mane.

Some Shading work:
In some places, it seemed to be to light in some places. I would try to avoid having colors that close to pure white. It doesn't look like the light source is very heavy, and therefore there is no need for such light areas. The dark shading is perfect though.

The Face:
The face is a little off. It's a little big for the rest of the body. It would look better if it wasn't quite so large.

Great concept, and you did a great job on this! It was a great idea, and you acheived the idea great! I love it, in my favorites it shall go!
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The-Obsessed-Drawer Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
this looks sooooo amazing :love: i want to draw like you :D i'm watching your video over and over to learn it xD
Mouskat Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
I love it! :O
Twarda8 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
TheWinterSoul Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
I think this is your best drawing
Twarda8 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Thank you.
Chakat-Northspring Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ładny konik. I ładny ogonek. A sceneria wybitnie uspokajająca.
Dewgonair Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Gorgeous study :o I'm so jealous ;^;
Tsitra360 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Interesting pattern on the horse coat, was it like that in the picture? Can't find much to critique on here. Everything looks fine. I'll be sure to check out the video when I get back home.
Aurafur Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
That is AWESOME! Great Job!
KittyCatGirl-TBV Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so good that I thought it was a photo when I looked at it from a distance.
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