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Hello and welcome to the first issue of “Horsin’ Around”, a monthly article that brings you the latest news in and around the dA Equine Community! Each month will be packed full of articles all showcasing the work of our talented artists. There will also be interviews with your favourite equine artists, links to helpful accounts, contests and tutorials, a “Love for the Unloved” section which showcases the deviations that I feel deserves more faves, and there will also be stamps for you readers and featured artists to use in your journals/shoutboxes too! Since this is the first issue, 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.  I hope you enjoy this first volume, and thanks for reading!

~Boribaby :hug:
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Love for the Unloved</u>

A selection of artists and some of their works that I feel deserve more faves and views! Please go show them your support. :heart:</i>

:star::iconcopperdragonart::star:

A wonderful gallery full of colour and life, this lovely artist is definitely underrated! And at only 15, she's very talented indeed. :wow:
AT: Solquinn by CopperdragonArtSpring Sunshine by CopperdragonArtRavage by CopperdragonArt

:star::iconlastutopia::star:

Another talented young artist with a keen imagination for story-telling, her gallery is not to be missed! :D
Dehors. by LastUtopiaHard Sun. by LastUtopiaMy Oklahoma Home. by LastUtopia

:star::icontigapple::star:

I only just discovered this wonderful artist as I was typing up this article, and I'm so glad I did! She has a wonderful collection of beautiful work in her gallery - go check her out! :heart:
Epie by TigAppleCollab' with Em' by TigApplePromise by TigApple


Digital Equine Artist of the Month</u>

:star::spotlight-left::iconmalcassairo::spotlight-right::star:

A young deviant with a gallery packed full of magical and mystical creations, Malcassairo has talent and imagination beyond her years! She is friendly and approachable, and I can see her talent progressing with every upload. A trip to her gallery is highly recommended - you won't be disappointed! :love:
The Black Parade by MalcassairoInferno by MalcassairoListen to the Autumn Wind by Malcassairo

Traditional Equine Artist of the Month</u>

:star::spotlight-left::iconscenceable::spotlight-right::star:

A beautifully drawn gallery consisting of a wide variety of mediums, scenceable has a keen eye for colour composition, and a wonderful imagination! Every one of her pictures tells a story. Please go check out her lovely gallery! :love:
Niltak by scenceableManowar by scenceableSoar Softly by scenceable

An Interview With... :star::iconsilverglass19::star:</u>

Every month, I will be interviewing one of your favourite equine artists! This month, it is silverglass19. She has been a member of deviantART for five years, and within that time has graced dA with her amazing artwork, the awesome web comic "Everlee", the ever-so popular Bacabello breed and of course, her wickedly funny sense of humour! To those of you don’t know this popular and friendly deviant, please be sure to take a moment to stop by her wonderful gallery – you won’t be disappointed!  :love:

:bulletyellow: Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
---I'm Liz Fuller, 24, Michigan, USA. I'm an artist and a writer, but until one of those pays the bills, I also work retail in a clothing store. ;)

:bulletblue: Cool. How long have you been drawing horses for?
---Since I can remember, honestly. Although in the beginning they weren't so much "horses" as they were "boxes with legs."

:bulletpink: Wow, really? Can you tell us why you enjoy drawing them so much?
---Something about them has always fascinated me. I like the way they're shaped.  

:bulletyellow: Do you have a particular way of drawing horses?
---I draw shapes, mostly, but sometimes I do a line-skeleton too, to try to get proportions and placement more correct.

:bulletblue: Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favourite piece in your gallery is?
---I don't really have one, but I do think the lighting on silverglass19.deviantart.com/a… turned out quite well.

:bulletpink: Looks amazing!  Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
---Yup, I have a few! My first was Adelais, though. She's a wild dunskin mare with a scar above her eye, and the main character of my webcomic, Everlee.

:bulletyellow:  That’s great. Is there any particular part of equine anatomy that you find difficult to draw?
Ears are a constant struggle, and hooves are tricky as well--shape and placement, you know!

:bulletblue:  Good to know we all have trouble, then! Do you own any horses? If not, do you ride?
---Nope, I've never owned my own horse, which is probably part of the reason I'm still obsessed with them! I used to ride, but haven't in years. Sadness!

:bulletpink: And do you have a  favourite breed?
---I like the baroque breeds. Andalusians and Lusitanos and Friesians and such. They are teh sexy.

:bulletyellow:  Awesome! You’ve been an inspiration to a number of budding equine artists out there – can you share some tips to those just starting out?
---Study study study real horses. The best thing you can do for yourself is draw from photos to the point of exhaustion. Eventually you'll learn and remember the different shapes and rules of anatomy, and you'll be able to start developing your own style.

:bulletblue:  Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?
---Say it, don't spray it!


Featured Equine Web Comic</u>

There are many wonderful horse-related comics around dA, and I hope this article will help bring them more exposure! :clap:</i>

This month, I would like to introduce Jullelin's comic, "Xanthus - Lord of the Plain". Very well drawn, a good story and interesting characters makes this comic one to watch!

Xanthus- comics cover by Jullelin

Themed Features</u>

Every month, the theme will be different! :D </i>

July's theme: Unicorns.

Unicorns by MarcysiabushUnicorns by Twilight-Veil.Unicorn. by SnowSkadi:thumb58995891:
Unicorn Valley by Misted-DreamMummer's Dance by RebeccaStappUnicurse: Vanity by T0xicEye

Contests</u>

There's always a contest or two going on in the equine community! I've listed a few of the current ones going on at the moment, and ones ending soon. Are you hosting a contest and want it advertised here? Let me know! </i>

:star::iconaomori::star:
Theme: Design a foal. Read about it here: aomori.deviantart.com/journal/…
Closing Date: 30th July

:star::iconcrickatoo::star:
Theme: Mythological Deities. Read about it here: cricketwings.deviantart.com/jo…
Closing Date: 8th July

:star::iconilyana88::star:
Theme: There are two themes; "Horses and History" and "Scene It". Read about them here: ilyana88.deviantart.com/journa…
Closing Date: 20th August 2009

:star::iconshadiksilence::star:

Theme: Design a character. Read about it here: shadiksilence.deviantart.com/j…
Closing Date: Undecided

Help Corner</u>

Who ya gonna call? :XD: Each month I will feature different accounts and tutorials.

Helpful Resources</u>

:star::iconequine-resource::star::iconstockhorse::star::iconequinestockimagery::star::iconabsurdus::star::iconcolourize-stock::star:

Helpful Tutorials</u>

Lighting an Equine by CrickatooEye Tutorial by romino4000Comic Tutorial by MichelleWalkerDigital Mane Tutorial by EquinusShading Tutorial by Crickatoo
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Neeshie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
This is a wonderful, and such a helpful idea (: Thanks :love:
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RogueAssassin15 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is really helpful! =D Especially the contest section. Great job, Bori!
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LittleWishWolf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
wow! this is really helpful, awesome job! lots of people need some more publicity for there amazing art, and this helps them right on! it's not only featuring popular artists, and thats really great!
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dennybutt Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I'm unloved too :cries:
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relient-equestrian43 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Awesome job!!!! Now I totally know where to go when I'm bored!!! These are amazing artists that I've never seen on DA! What an excellent idea to spread the word and get them noticed!!! Wonderful job!! :clap:
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FearlessFilly Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Amazing job, Boribaby! This is definitely a must-read for all horse lovers!!! :love:
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10flyingunicorns Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a brilliant idea!! :O
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HawktalonofWindClan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Love it! Now I can start improving my artwork!!!! YAY! Thanks, Bori!
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JediSword Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this! :clap: Great job putting it all together, there's some amazing artists here that I've never seen before =D
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Starstallion Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this Michelle. I think the "Love for the Unloved" article is great. There are just too many great artists out there that no one knows about yet.

And also the tutorials article. I look for so many tutorials and I really struggle to find good ones, but you have provided excellent ones :D

I can't wait for the next issue! :heart:
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