Hello everyone, and welcome to "Horsin' Around", a monthly article that brings you the latest news in and around the dA Equine Community! Horsin' Around began with MichelleWalker, who passed it into my hands. As Michelle always said: I'd be grateful if you could give me feedback on what you think of it, and if you have any suggestions for future issues, I'd love to hear them. If you think that someone you devWatch deserves a feature, let me know and I'll try and feature them here! I hope you enjoy this issue, and thanks for reading!
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Love for the Underappreciated
A selection of artists and some of their works that I feel deserve more faves and views! Please spare a minute, go check out their wonderful galleries and show them your support.
An artist with a charming style and a unique take on equine anatomy! If you're a fan of hippocampi and winged horses, this is a gallery well worth the look!
I had to stare at this deviant's gallery for a long time. Her style is so quirky and imaginitve! . Her take on equines is full of character and delight. Check it out!
Suggested by Muircat
This artist shows excellent potential . She has a great sense of lighting and anatomy, which shows especially in her latest works.
Featured Digital Equine Artist
Noukah has a very playful style that is easily recognizable. All of her work shows a great deal of heart and soul, and her imagination seems to know no bounds.
Featured Traditional Equine Artist
This artist does absolutely incredible graphite drawings. They look photorealistic, and the horses are often eating their own portraits! Absolutely spectacular work.
Featured Equine Photographer
Suggested by Astralseed
A striking gallery filled with crisp and emotive equine photography. This artis has a good eye, and captures a hauntingly gorgeous quality in all of her subjects. Her work deserves a lot more love and attention, so please go take a look!
Featured Equine Photomanipulator
Suggested by Astralseed
This artist's work has a calming like quality to it, with manipulations that look like paintings and are virtually seamless. The scenes and atmospheres she creates are like something out of a dream.
An Interview With
Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favourite equine artists! This issue, it is Janine is a fantastic artist with a gallery ranging from 3D sclupture, digital, and traditional art. Everything she creates is pure magic!
Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi! My name is Janine, I'm 21 years old, I live in Ontario, Canada, and am currently in school finishing my Bsch in Psychology. I live near school with my cat, and enjoy creating art in my free time.
Cool. How long have you been sculpting and drawing equines for?
I've always liked to draw, but I started to draw more frequently after joining DeviantArt in around 2005/ 2006. I started sculpting toward the end of 2008, and toward 2010 I've switched mostly to sculpting.
How did you learn to sculpt equines? Were you self-taught, or did you learn through a course at school?
Sometime in 2007 when I became more active on DeviantArt I discovered ElkStarRanchArtwork and was fascinated by her fantasy models. I customized a few toy horses after that, and later I found AmandaKathryn and SovaeArt who inspired me to learn how to sculpt. I had taken a few pottery classes when I was younger and enjoyed them a lot, but I thought becoming a sculptor involved having a big studio with a kiln and the like. Through browsing DeviantArt I found out about polymer clay, and decided to try it for myself. I'm mostly self-taught through internet resources, including tutorials on DeviantArt and other forums.
Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favourite piece in your gallery is?
Autumn's Requiem she's one of maybe 3 sculptures I've sold that I've ever actually been sad to see go! She had a lot of personality.
Looks amazing! Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
I have a whole bunch, but my newest and current favourite is Nox. He's a flamboyant pink kirin.
Awesome! Your sculptures always look so amazing... do you have any tutorials or tips to share with budding artists?
I think my best advice for those wishing to try sculpting is to study, research, and explore. There are so many different methods and it's worth finding and trying as many as possible. For horses in particular, it's important to research anatomy and save as many resources as possible. I have a separate USB stick that I use just for sculpting resources; it contains thousands of photos, videos, and anatomy drawings. Additionally, I do have a few specific tutorials and links that some may find helpful:
My Tutorials: scenceable.deviantart.com/gall…
FAQ section: quequinoxart.com/faq.html
And how long (on average) does it take you to make a sculpture?
For me, the sculpting part usually takes around 10-15 hours, and the painting, hairing, and extra stuff adds on another 3-5 hours.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
One thing that really inspires me is browsing the work of other artists. Viewing some of the amazing sculptures out there drives me to improve and try harder. I look at the horses by Brigitte Eberl or Maggie Bennett and think "maybe one day I can be that good", and that motivates me to put more effort into what I do. I also really love videos of horses, like the short ones you find on youtube or the classics like Black Beauty, those always inspire me to create.
That's interesting. Is there any particular medium you would like to try?
I really want to get into digital painting! And maybe some plushie dolls too.
Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?
Thank you for letting me share! Something I tell myself all the time is that no matter how "good" your art may be, there is always room for improvement. You can always find something to do better, or something new to learn. Be open to critique and willing to learn.
February's Theme: Love
February's Colour: Yellow
February's Breed: Akhal-Teke
Showcasing some of the finest and most majestic images of equines from talented photographers around the world.
Having trouble with a difficult pose? Stuck on how to draw certain horse parts? Feel like you'll never get the hang of drawing horses? Don't fear! There are a number of wonderful stock accounts, Groups and tutorials that will help you on your way. When using stock, always abide by the stock photographer's rules, and always remember to link back and credit the photo you used.
Featured Stock Account
This stock account is filled with wonderful angles and poses, plus the phtography is pretty nice too!
Want your Group featured here? Just drop me a note!
Landscape-Resources Is an absolutely golden group, filled with quality stock photos of landscapes. The group is organized by terrain (Deserts, Forests, Grasslands etc.) and has a great deal of resources begging to be utilized!
That's all, and thanks for reading! Look for the next issue around March 15th
I didn't know this would be passed on! It'd great to have it continuing, great work!
Haha yeah! Hopefully more people will figure it out, as I don't think Michelle plans on making an announcement about it or anything But yeah, it's here!
thanks for the feature
Great article! It was fun to read
Thank you for featuring me in this amazing article
Thanks again for interviewing me Cricks I'm glad to see the article back up and running, you did a great job this month! I'm so honoured to be a part of it.
Yeah, no problem! It was a really fun interview, and the inspiration for the next changes in the article (artisan crafts section, yay!)
Amazing! Thanks a lot
Agree about more crafty type features
Haha well, I was thinking about throwing in an Artisan Crafts section in place of the photography corner
Haha well if anything needs clarification, I'm happy to answer questions . I'm glad you liked! (Also I miss you, lets go eat food together sometime!)