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Horsin' Around Vol. 17

Sat Oct 27, 2012, 1:36 PM

H.A Stamp by MichelleWalkerbecomeTHEchange stamp by insaneone

 Hello everyone, and welcome to Horsin’ Around!

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!


Crickatoo :hug:


Issue 1/Issue 2/Issue 3/Issue 4/Issue 5/Issue 6/Issue 7/Issue 8/Issue 9/Issue 10/Issue 11/Issue 12/Issue 13/Issue 14/Issue 15/Issue 16

Love for the Underappreciated:deviation:
A selection of artists and some of their works that I feel deserve more faves, views, and watchers! Please spare a minute, go check out their wonderful galleries and show them your support. :heart:
This artist has a rugged style with prominent brush strokes and blocks of color.  

proud by radioactivated ghost horse by radioactivated fire is hot by radioactivated

A gallery full of wild and free spirited equine illustrations. 

kuroshitsuji: over the sky by Unita-N Nemo my name forever more... by Unita-N fierhorse by Unita-N


Lots of magical fantasy realism in this gallery!  

:thumb329957210: Rabe by CAHess :thumb293736640:

Gallery Features :gallery:
These artists have gorgeous galleries that pertain to specific mediums.

Featured Digital Equine Artist

Celestial Illumination. by Winzer Love, Sex, Fire. by Winzer I Came Around by Winzer

Winzer has a very unique and jovial style that utilizes a bright and saturated color palette.

Featured Traditional Equine Artist


16 - Let's Race by SpecialNightStar Foal by SpecialNightStar Wild Beauty by SpecialNightStar

 This gallery is filled with some fantastic horse drawings, paintings, and what especially impressed me is the work SpecialNightStar had done with scratchboard!

Featured Equine Photographer


Friesian portrait by Colourize Haffie by Colourize :thumb304057966:

 Colourize really knows how to work the camera with horses. Every shot captures a different aspect of what we all love about equines; some are powerful, some graceful, and all of them are great photos.

Featured Equine Photomanipulator


Song of a soldier by Yewrezz Out of my control by Yewrezz Fantasy that I wanted by Yewrezz

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. :love:

Featured Equine Artisan Crafter 


OOAK Arab mare model horse by Tawneyhorses OOAK felt fabric commission order Vanner Cob by Tawneyhorses OOAK felt fabric Unicorn horse by Tawneyhorses

Tawneyhorses works some serious magic into her hand crafter felt equines! The detail work is absolutely lovely. 

:phonecall: An Interview With...
Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favorite equine artists! This issue, it is :iconsarahscala: Sarah is an artist who really captures the beauty of equines in a natural environment. Her works look like soft watercolor paintings!

Get off by SarahScala Equine Oasis - Commission by SarahScala Away from it all by SarahScala

:bulletyellow: Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello, My name is Sarah, I love artwork and drawing, it was my favorite subject at school and I went on to completing a 3 year Graphic Design course :)

:bulletblue: Cool. How long have you been creating Equine artwork for?
I got into drawing horses about 3-4 years back.

:bulletyellow: How did you learn to create your artwork? Were you self-taught, or did you learn through a course at school?
Both I guess, we did art at school and me being a nerd went to an art club afterwards every Thursday, then when school finished I did my A-levels in double award Fine art and Design after that another 3 years of Graphic Design.
I use some of the fine tutorials on DeviantArt to help me with things I want to try like animation or a different shading style ^^

:bulletblue: Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favorite piece in your gallery is?
Probably a piece I did for a friend called 'Lumi's Haflinger' because I got the chance to try some new techniques and really have some fun with it.
Lumi's Haflinger by SarahScala

:bulletpink: Looks amazing!  Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
My very first Equine Horse character was Pulse and she's still my favorite of them all, she's a breed of my own creation called Nuclear Draft, came into existence while being born from normal horses that were exposed to nuclear fall out, I think I connect with her the most because she's just a strange character and I live near a nuclear power plant ^^
Pulse Ref 2011 by SarahScala

:bulletyellow: Awesome! Do you have any tutorials or tips to share with budding artists?
Hells yeah! I love giving back to the DA community in what ways I can and I have recently created 3 new tutorials from using the grid system to colouring and cell shading, I have the static versions on DA and also some videos on my YouTube Channel Here are some links:
Step 1. Lineart Tutorial by SarahScala Step 2. Colouring by SarahScala Step 3. Cell Shading Tutorial by SarahScala The videos are linked on the comments ^^

:bulletblue:  And how long (on average) does it take you to make a finished piece?
Depends on the amount of detail I put into the image and what kind of shading I do but on an average piece it's usually 6-7hrs worth of work.

:bulletpink: Where do you get your inspiration from?
The characters usually give me inspiration to draw & of course all of the fantastic artists on deviant art!!

:bulletyellow: That's interesting. Is there any particular medium you would like to try?
Try? Nah, I've pretty much settled on Digital art as I couldn't live without my back button anymore ^^

:bulletblue:  Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?
Just to keep doing what you love :D


:gallery: Themed Features

October's Theme: Spooky

Nightmare by feliciacano Thestral by EchoGreens Candy - Undead by jennyleigh


October's Color: Silver

Silver Horse by OlviaVika Dasha - Mustang mare by SheWolff


October's Breed: American Cream Draft

"The American Cream Draft is the only draft horse breed developed in the United States. The breed originated in Iowa in the early 1900s, and it has always been rare. " - source 

Excadrill the Fighter by AlbinoFacePrint Duke by GraffitiSkyPhotos Three In A Row by GraffitiSkyPhotos

Help Desk :helpdesk:
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 Tutorials and References 

horse skeleton by GreenEyed-Gal Tutorial: how to draw a horse with ref by Esa82 Step 3. Cell Shading Tutorial by SarahScala


Featured Stock Account 


:thumb327506279: :thumb320878288: :thumb308680758: 

A great stock account that is neatly organized and categorized for all of your equine resource needs.


Featured Group

Want your Group featured here? Just drop me a note! 


picturesque-equine Is a group dedicated specifically to photomanipulations, and their gallery is filled with a lot of quality work as well as tutorials on how to get started as an equine photomanipulator.

Equine Community News
Contests, events, and current happenings! If you have an event you would like featured in the next article, just let me know!

:iconartists-of-equus: Halloween Contest ending Nov 15th

:iconxdancingintherain: Coming and Going Manipulation Contest ending Nov 15th

:iconmajesticsirwinston: is looking for some silly/ridiculous equine artwork.

Letters To The Editor
Feedback, input, critiques, advice, questions, concerns etc. All directly from HA readers.

None! Send me some please :D

Horsin' Around is back with all new features and updates on the happenings around deviantART's Equine Community. If you have any feedback, please don't hesitate to let me know!
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Seeburglar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great journal! You've definitely given me some new artists to follow. It's so nice of you to put all this information together for the Equine Community. Looking forward to the November issue! :aww:
Yewrezz Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ogoddie thank you so much for the feature!! :love: Really means so much to me wieeej :hug:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Contest that should be featured :P [link] We need entries!

As for people you could feature... I have compiled a list (in a text file on my computer XD) of 48 different equine photo manipulators who are drastically underappreciated and could definitely use the help. Should I post it here or note it to you, or...? XD
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for letting me know! I'll feature that in November's issue on the 15th :)
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Okay :D

BTW, do you want my list of underappreciated artists? XD There's like 50 XD
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh yes please! That would be awesome :D
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Noted you. :D 51 in total XD
Astralseed Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Featured here [link] :aww:
MissDudette Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Nice interview! And awesome features all around!
YOB Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Great to see this up again :)
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