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horse studies by akreon horse studies by akreon
lots and lots of refs used

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Raw beauty and power are the first words that come to mind; due to both the brush strokes and the subjects.

The ambiguity of detail on the black horse invokes a great sense of mystery, and with a proper background it could easily become an image holding strong emotion.

The two, brown beauties portray a free-spirited sense of motion, however the one on top could have been flipped around to draw the viewer's focus away from its haunches and more towards its shoulders and nose.

The rough sketches intrigue me. This is the first time I have seen concept doodles compiled into a single, smoky cloud of lines. It makes the sketches more difficult to study individually, but at the same time it adds to the daydream-like theme of the image, and directs the focus to the larger, lone horses.

Overall, I must say this is a truly unique and inspiring compilation of art. Well done!
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To capture the dynamism of horses (or any creature) digitally requires a great amount of skill.

And you've certainly done it.

The different textures create depth and bring the horses to life, the brown horses especially look very real, almost as if you can see them galloping across your screen.

I absolutely adore the sketches in the background, I think it gives the image another level.

The only thing the image appears to lack are more angles, whilst most of the 'main' angles have been covered, I feel the impact would be even greater with a handful of more angles thrown in :)
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hellfiredemonchild Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Artist
do you mind if i reference this? please?
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akreon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not at all. Please go ahead :)
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hellfiredemonchild Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Artist
thanks.....nice icon, by the way.^-^
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Silkkat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well done. You've capture the beauty of the horses very well. I love the textures and how smooth the brush strokes look, and the feeling of movement in their joints... I love it
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Lost-N-Beauty Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Amazing and talented. I love all the animal ones you have done. But decieded to comment here because this one is my favorite. I love animals. I try and sketch a little but cant do animals at all. I do better at people.... not good. Just better than I sketch animals lol. Which is funny because I love animals better and am more famliar with animals...but I cant paint anything at all. Anyway you are very talented. Can't wait to see more of your work.
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Padjet Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow, I like it *Г*
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LilyuKitty1-18-21 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
very pretty and well done. great job.
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Armadeo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
The dapple grey is nothing short of amazing. I love your style. So glad I thought to check into DA in time to catch your work.
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CriminalSpirit Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely job, what beautiful tones in the friesian! ^^
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ISHAWEE Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
great job! I love the sketchiness of this piece.
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Zparx123 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
thats so cool looking.
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Moved-Account Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing!
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esie369 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
I hope you're going to study every animal on the planet! ;)
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dot-DOLL Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, they're gorgeous! So much detail, movement and expression for a few quick brushstrokes! I am jealous of your skillz!
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Itarox Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Just perfect ! :D
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SerendipityArts Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is totally amazing!
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baltobud8 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome this is great!
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SerenaSCipi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Really like!! This make me want to start drawing horses again! :-D
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Greensam17 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous!
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ViridRain Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow !! ♥
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Ysabetwordsmith Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Writer
This is a beautiful example of art in progress, the attempt to capture different aspects of form and motion. Thank you for sharing.
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KigerwolfRD Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh good lord these are all magnificent. Your colors, shading, and anatomy look so spot on, it's fantastic. 8]
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Khaidu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
actually, you requested some crits, so to be completely honest here is some observations

your use of colour is pretty spot on, you have a strength in that regard, however it is clear from the pictures that you do need to study horse anatomy a bit more, not just bone anatomy, but muscle too. The biggest part I see wrong is the rump, they way you paint it makes it look like a giant single butt muscle which comes from the spine, you even have a line passing where the skin attaches to the belly upwards which give the impression the leg just folds over the stomach from the back instead of having it look like the skin goes over the whole body, while there is a muscle that moves up along the stomach and attaches to the pelvic bone, the skin flows over this section and makes it less visible. you are missing the small amount of skin that connects from the knee to the lower abdomen which also helps to make the back legs look hung on instead of a part of the body. There is also the back which needs more sloping, a horses back is not straight - while the spine is, the spine plates are not and curve in a way to give a curve to the horses back. All of this comes down to study, so good luck I know with more studies you will improve :) Keep it up.
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Khaidu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what brush are you using to get the solid pasty brush look?
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HBPtje Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
That sketches are looking like
the sketches of Rien ( Het Briesend paard)
A book with sketches of his adventures with horses
Beautiful horses by the way
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Firerose23 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow! Nice studies. I like that you are studying more than one breed of horse. I can tell you have done a lot of research!
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ghul1313 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
ślicznie, ślicznie ale coś mi obiecałaś, a twoje prezenty gwiazdkowe czekają...
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valachhim Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why can't you stop being awesome?
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So so gorgeous!
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LapeyLou Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
: DDDDDDDDDDDD

:heart: This made my day, because I absolutely ADORE equines, so... xP
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Madzia1994 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG, so Amazing :)
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jirael Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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darkminathegone Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Amazing! You can just draw anything, can't you?
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HeartSongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
AND you are amazing at horses?! You Sir ASTOUND me. Period. I salute you! *runs away with "must try harder" attitude*

But seriously, even though you must hear this a lot, well done! :heart:
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warningyou Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful!!!!
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LilicanDemon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing work
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whizumu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Omg thats my real love! :3
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JMT21 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Those are some beautiful kitty cats. It's almost as if you can see them galloping across your screen.
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kangajii007 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student
Whoa! These are amazing! XD The horses feel so alive :D
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Lady-Satra Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FRISIANS ROCKS
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HeartoftheUntamed Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I almost thought this was watercolor for a moment =P great work, as usual :)
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SheLovesTwilight Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Beautiful!
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ksavvyx3 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful horses! :D The anatomy looks perfect to me. And I love your sketchy design, it provides a wonderful feel to the drawings I think. :)
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caligis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Urgh, I wish I could color like this D: I love these!
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MyNameIsWaterDummy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know that some horses have shorter necks, but I see a lot more horses with long necks. I don't know what references you used, but a couple of these look like their necks are too short.

Overall it's very well-done and close to reality, however. :D (As always) <3
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ladyepic247 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Awesome :)
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nini-pooh Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
beautiful...O.O <3<3<3
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xX-ibitsu-Xx Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Gorgeous.
That grey draft in the middle looks like my shire horse XD
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emilyonthehunt Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
O_O Wow this is awesome.
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ChrisHollywood5 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are amazing! These horses are proportioned really well! Props to you. I see you becoming a very very talented and unique equine artist one day! :)
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