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Horsin' Around Vol. 19

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:10 AM

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:

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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:

Hyper-realism and fantasy equines.
Chestnut by blue2K black sadness by blue2K Akhal-Teke by blue2K

A lot of gorgeous work with texturing!
Windgate's Something Blue 1664 by qannekke

Digital paintings and beautiful designs abound!
ESS 2012 - Morning Mist by War-Chant Truly the Last by War-ChantDuel At Dawn by War-Chant

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

Featured Digital Equine Artist

TackRack goes absolutely wild with the level of detail in each digital piece!

Featured Traditional Equine Artist

Tibouchina by AgaaveTrade: the DragonMare by AgaavePrancing by Agaave

Beautiful use of textures and watercolors in Agaave's gallery!

Featured Equine Photographer

Nose. by ChessW24Gazing to the future. by ChessW24I by ChessW24

ChessW24 sure has a fantastic sense of obscure and interesting angles! :D

Featured Equine Photomanipulator


Yarfenka has a real skill with combining images seamlessly.

Featured Equine Artisan Crafter

Nth origami horse by OrestigamiBlue Unicorn by OrestigamiOrigami Pegasus by Orestigami

Orestigami creates delightful little equine figures out of folded paper!

:phonecall: An Interview With...

Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favorite equine artists! This issue, it is :iconjamybundy:. JamyBundy has a stunning style and is a wonderful part of the deviantART community.
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:bulletblue: Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Yeah, of course! My name is Puck, I'm 16 years old and hopefully in a few years studying medicine. My biggest passion is road cycling, beside that I draw and photograph a lot of stuff!

:bulletpink: Cool. How long have you been creating Equine artwork for?
Eh, hard question! I think I started drawing them when I was about 6 or 7.

:bulletyellow: How did you learn to create your artwork? Were you self-taught, or did you learn through a course at school?
Self-taught. I never took lessons, I think I'd be too stubborn for that!

:bulletblue: Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favorite piece in your gallery is?
This was a commissioned work, one of my first few paintings. I learned a lot while doing this one!

:bulletpink: Looks amazing! Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
Yep, I do, she's a wolf though. I still need to revise all my equine OC's sometime, when I have the time. Bundy is based on my reallife dog, her personality is based on mine though.

:bulletyellow: Awesome! Do you have any tutorials or tips to share with budding artists?
I do! The tutorial is, well, really old and it sucks but maybe it can still help some people out. The walkthrough is a bit more recent!

:bulletblue: And how long (on average) does it take you to make a finished piece?
Phew, I really have no idea! It depends too on the medium, size and complexity. Comic pages can be done in a few days while an oil painting takes weeks!

:bulletpink: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Other artists, series I like to watch, people I meet and most of all nature. Nature makes you think about stuff!

:bulletyellow: That's interesting. Is there any particular medium you would like to try?
I'd really like to make a polyclay sculpture one day!

:bulletblue: Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?
Make sketches to get known to the anatomy and observe the thing(s) you're going to draw. Observe them hard!

:gallery: Themed Features

February's Theme: Hippocampus

Equus Aquarius by pallanoph BreyerStone-Firefin by tyreenya

February's Color: Pink

FAT UNICORN by sprinklexeater Stripey Pink Pony by DragonsAndBeasties Apple Cherry Pie by daughterofthestars

February's Breed: Fell Pony

"The Fell pony is a versatile, working breed of mountain and moorland pony originating in the north of England in Cumberland and Westmorland (Cumbria) and Northumberland. It was originally bred on thefell farms of northwest England, and is used as a riding and driving pony. The breed is closely related to its geographic neighbour, the Dales pony, but is a little smaller and more ponylike in build. The Fell pony is noted for hardiness, agility, strength and surefootedness." - source

Fell Pony Stock 56 by FiagaiStockNymph in Fell by sarmingComing to the Rescue by sealle

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 Resources

Expressions Tutorial by Whisperah Tutorial - Rocks by KatikutHorse Walk Cycle Guide by ayashige-doodles

Featured Stock Account

Bay Horse Jumping - Tack Removed by HorseStockPhotos Bay Dutch Warmblood Filly - Orphan Foal by HorseStockPhotos Black Thoroughbred Gelding by HorseStockPhotos

A stock gallery overflowing with great poses and angles, and well organized for your convenience!

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


Pony-Exchange is an awesome group that is all about giving and receiving gifts! Who doesn't love free fan art?

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!


:thumb351909703: Equine-Pixel Fall ContestEDIT: End date now Feb 10th, 2013. Looking for 2 elite judges to help judge on Feb 13th, 2013. For more info note xabovetheclouds
Theme: Equine-Autumn/Winter
With autumn starting soon, and winter soon after I decided that that was an appropriate theme for the contest. It can either be represented through the background, or through the horse. If you are going to go with no background you must tie in fall or winter in the equine subject.
-Pixel only
-Must be uploaded to dA
-Must follow theme
-Max 3 entries per account (no multi-accounting please)
-Can be an old submission, as long as it goes with theme and wasn't a collab, trade, kiriban, request, or commission
-Link must be posted in journal comments
-Must be 75x75-200x200 pixels
Judging: Overall, Effort, and Detail
You have a chance to win in any of the 3 categories. One piece can not win 2-3 of the same place (1st, 1st, 1st), but can win 2-3 different places (1st, 2nd, 3rd). Looking
Photomanipulation Contest: Rebirth and RenewalWelcome to the latest community competition for Photomanipulation!
This is the official kick-off blog for the latest, greatest EXTREME PHOTOMANIPULATION CONTEST here on dA! The contest is backed by communityrelations with HUGE prizes and hosted by CRPhotomanipulation. This journal describes the rules for the contest. Please read it carefully.
What we mean by "Extreme" photomanipulation
You should reach beyond your comfort zone and create a deviation that is bold, unique, and better than you thought you could create. Try something new. Break the mold. You've got this!
We have HUGE prizes. So, we are expecting HUGE results.
Theme: Rebirth and Renewal
Our theme, Rebirth and Renewal, was suggested by administrators of CRPhotomanipulation. You are hereby challenged to create a photomanipulation that shows rebirth and/or renewal. For example, it could sh
.:Horse and Dog show:./.: Basis:.
Mythical Orchard Stables (MOS) is hosting another show! This time for both dogs and horses! If you don't have a horse or dog but wish to enter then just ask me and I will lend you either one! We will have classes for horses only, dogs only and then both! I will need some help judging so just shoot me a note if you'll help out with that! This will take two days!
:bulletgreen:Tracing is allowed, just put a link to what you traced
:bulletgreen:sketches are allowed if that is all you can do
:bulletgreen:You don't have to do all the classes, just pick what you want!
:bulletred:do not post entry when the show is done or being  judged unless you note me first!
:bulletred:do not do a class you don't want to do or can't.
.:Horse Only Classes:.
Foals: in the morning 7am-10am
Halter-Just as it says! Lead your foal, horses under two years, around our ring. The ring will be dirt with white fence around it.
Liberty-Just like halter only the foal can't have any tack on it.

Other News and Features:

Project Equine: January 2013If you watch someone because of this article, please let them know how you found them! :aww: Thanks! :love:
Under Appreciated
Hidden Talent: Digital Art
Watchers: (as of 01/03) Fifty-Seven

Hidden Talent: Photography
Watchers: (as of 01/03) Sixty-Five

Hidden Talent: Digital Art
Watchers: (as of 01/04) Seventy-Eight

Hidden Talent: Photography and Stock
Watchers: (as of 01/07) Nine
A13 by CinderhawkCreative A3 by CinderhawkCreative
Hidden Talent: Traditional Art
Watchers: (as of 01/27) Thirty-Nine
unconditional love by Jniq Appaloosa horse Gentl by Jniq Portrait Uppojono by Jniq
Hidden Talent: Manipulation
Watchers: (as of 01/19) Forty-Nine
UE Updates February 2013Group Updates
Hello all, we hope that everyone has started the new year well and we are looking forward to what the rest of the year has in store for us all. As mentioned last month in our update we were going to have a look at the mutant gene rule and how we could better suit our members with their needs. After much discussion we have decided to open a folder specifically for equines which would fall under the mutant gene rule. This means you will now be able to submit your naturally colored horses with no other fantasy elements, yet have impossible markings. In order to keep the focus of the group on the fantasy aspect it was originally founded on, we will only allow limited submissions (5) per user to the Mutant Gene folder per month.
Astralseed interviews Fancy-Mustache
Thank you for allowing us to interview you, to start how about you introduce yourself.
Hello! My name is Andrea. I am

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

None! If you'd like to send in a letter, please note me with the title "Letter to the Editor" :)

Monthly news feature focusing on the deviantART equine community.

Apologies for the delay in getting this up!
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tyreenya Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Thank you so much for the feature! I feel honored! ^^
Crazy-Sparkles Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
GREAT feature, Crick! :w00t: You did a fantastic job! :eager:
Whisperah Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the feature! :D
PinkPonyFarts Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
:w00t: Lovely selection!!
seven11ART Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! :D as always ^^
TamarViewStudio Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Photographer
How do you find all of them?? Everytime I think I've seen all of the best equine artists there are on DA these features always amaze me!
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Many just show up in my inbox through various groups I follow :D
ChessW24 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome article, Thank you for the feature. =D
Agaave Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
What a great article! :heart:
Thank you very much for featuring me in it! :tighthug:
HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for featuring me! :-D
TackRack Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Oh wow, thank you so much for featuring me!! :heart: This was quite unexpected :B
And what a lovely newsletter, I can't believe I haven't noticed it before!
MissDudette Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Ack, lookie all the artists in here! So glad *TackRack and *Qannekke here. Great work, and got'ta love that interview.
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:D Glad you liked it!
MissDudette Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
War-Chant Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the feature! :love:
blue2K Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much :hug:
Amazing arts ! :wow:
Fancy-Mustache Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely article! Thanks for the #Pony-Exchange shoutout! :D
Crystal-Cinders Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Digital Artist
What gorgeous art - lovely choices as usual :heart: I know I've found some new people to Watch! :giggle:
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yaaay! that means I've done my job well XD
HorseStockPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Thanks so much for featuring me as the stock account! It means so much, you have no idea! :)
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