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post #1 of Old 08-25-2015, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Ok then - second ever watercolour!

Following on from the first, here is the second. My horse, Max. Be gentle!
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I love the richness of his color. You did a wonderful job. Max is a beautiful horse.



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Max has an adorable face :3
Is he meek?
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That is phenomenal!!! He is so majestic...I think u have a true talent with watercolor.
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Thank you all so much! He is a true gentleman and I adore him!
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Well in art you can only get better the more works you do x and you look very good already xxxx
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To be honest I think that for a second ever watercolor it is quite nice. I would pay attention to proportions a bit more..for me the ears seem disconnected..as if the ears are facing us straight on while the head is looking off in a different direction. Working a bit on value shifts (ie - lights and darks) will dramatically improve your work as well. I suggest just really looking at your subject matter and as you draw take breaks..back off..look at it through a mirror if you have to (I do that sometimes)..and then look at the image you are working from. That helps you see the areas on your piece needing improvement.

Overall I think you have a good foundation and the fact that you are able to draw a horse head and make it look as good as this for your second time speaks volumes.



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Thank you Chanda, That's really helpful advice! Yes the ears irritated me too, I think they actually are a bit small. This is the photo I worked from. I obviously haven't done him anywhere as dark as he is and I think I'm shying away from colour! I'm being a coward I think!
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post #9 of Old 08-27-2015, 04:02 PM
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No no! I think your ears are actually a decent size. Now that I see the original picture..I think maybe some of it is that in your painting it appears as if the forelock is coming out straight but if you look at your image you will see that in between the ears the forelock comes out curving..does that make sense?

Now see how Max has shading on his cheek and neck? How much lighter it is on the top portion of his head? Those are things that you will want to be paying attention to as an artist..if you are looking at an end goal of realism. Shadows and how light hits an object or animal or person are all really important things to learn how to convey. Yes the color is off..however in art not everybody is going to know that your horse is not this color. They are going to see a chestnut horse..I think in time you will gain a mastery of your colors. Until then focus on those value shifts and I bet your work will really start to pop.



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Max is lovely btw. :-)



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