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H.A Stamp by MichelleWalkerbecomeTHEchange stamp by insaneone

Hello everyone, and welcome to "Horsin' Around", a bi-monthly article that brings you the latest news in and around the dA Equine Community! 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 you, or anyone else you know, deserves a feature, let me know and I'll feature them here! I hope you enjoy this issue, and thanks for reading!

MichelleWalker :hug:

Issue 1/Issue 2/Issue 3/Issue 4/Issue 5/Issue 6/Issue 7/Issue 8/Issue 9/Issue 10


Love for the Underappreciated:deviation:

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. :heart:

:star::iconxforevermore::star:

This talented photographer has some seriously underappreciated works in her gallery! :wow: She has a wonderful array of gorgeous equine photos, so be sure to stop by and check them out!
:thumb142111774: :thumb145529960:  :thumb151334345:

:star::iconolga5::star:

This gallery has some beautiful photos and delicate artwork in it! Definitely a classic example of quality over quantity. :heart: You won't be disappointed!
sun in the mane by Olga5 Andalusian horse portrait by Olga5 arabian beauty by Olga5

:star::iconkimptone::star:

This artist has a good variety of stylized, reasitic and equine photography in her lovely gallery. She really deserves more watchers and faves, so stop by! :aww:
Snow Dance by Kimptone Believe by Kimptone Fleabitten Grey Arabian Mare by Kimptone

Featured Digital Equine Artist Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

:spotlight-left::iconhowlinghorse::spotlight-right:

This amazing artist has a stunning gallery filled with gorgeous horse and fantasy art! If you haven't already seen her incredible artwork, now's the time! :wow:
End of Days by howlinghorse Don't Look Back by howlinghorse Annual Reflections by howlinghorse

Featured Traditional Equine Artist Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

:spotlight-left::icondrunkenunicorn::spotlight-right:

Even though I'm not the biggest fan of anthro art, I have to admit, this talented artist has some tasteful and beautiful artwork in her amazing gallery! :love:
Ready to be mother by DrunkenUnicorn appalooso mare with her foal by DrunkenUnicorn taiga  warrior's by DrunkenUnicorn

Featured Equine Photographer Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

:spotlight-left::iconivecus::spotlight-right:

I really enjoyed looking through this amazing photographer's gallery – she really knows how to capture the natural beauty of horses! :la: A trip to her page is well worth it.
Justin3 by ivecusqsio. . . by ivecus Water 2 by ivecus

Featured Equine Photomanipulator Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

:spotlight-left::iconblubirdz::spotlight-right:

This talented artist has a really interesting gallery with some exciting and seamlessly blended manips. Her work is gorgeous, so be sure to stop by if you haven't already done so! :D
Primal Incarnate by Blubirdz A Tale by BlubirdzLabyrinth by Blubirdz

An Interview With... :phonecall:

Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favourite equine artists! This issue, it is :iconcerona: Malin has secured herself as one of dA's finest equine artists, thanks to her beautiful style, use of colour and enchanting backgrounds. Even though she's still relatively new to the site, her art has brough joy to all those that watch her! She has a knack for designing beautiful characters, and we can only expect her art to go from strength to strength. Go and watch her now if you haven't already done so – you won't regret it! :heart:
Solace by ceronaLove is in the Air.. by ceronaWinter Solstice by cerona

:bulletyellow: Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello! My name is Malin and I am 21 years old. I currently live in England with my fiancé, but originally I'm from Finland. I came here over three years ago to study art, but after the courses finished, I decided to keep it art as a hobby only and progress onto Computer Games Design at the local University instead.

:bulletblue: Cool. How long have you been drawing horses for?
I've been drawing horses on and off since I was around 10. My sister always drew such amazing horses, and I wanted to aswell. It was only last year that I really started getting into drawing horses again, much thanks to the digital softwares available at my college.

:bulletpink: Wow, really? Can you tell us why you enjoy drawing them so much?
I've always admired horses for their pure strength and beauty, their elegance and grace. They have to be one of the most magnificent creatures of all!

:bulletyellow: Do you have a particular way of drawing horses?
Not really. I look at a lot of references first, then start building up a sketchy line-art, erasing and adding bits where I see fit. Then I add flat colours and shapes, and get rid of the lines as soon as possible again.

:bulletblue: Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favourite piece in your gallery is?

Set In Stone by cerona
A tough choice really. I don't have any particular favourite as such, but this one is definately one of which I'm the most happy with! It turned out pretty much how I intended (which is rare!) and for once, the colours went well together aswell (a very important factor for me).

:bulletpink: Looks amazing!  Do you have an OC? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
Chrysanth Reference Sheet by cerona
I don't have many OC's yet - I never really get around to draw much personal work nowadays! But Chrysanth is, so far, my main one. She's a little copper-red Arabian lady, with a fiery temper and a curious nature.

:bulletyellow: Awesome! Is there any particular part of equine anatomy that you find difficult to draw?
Ooh, too many! I don't particularly like ears or muzzles, at least not close-up (from a distant I hope no-one will notice how odd they look!), and I'm not too keen on the neck/shoulder part either. At least not when it comes to shading it! I like drawing hooves though, even though they are almost always of different sizes...

:bulletblue:  Good to know we all have trouble, then! So what would be your favourite part of drawing?

I do like drawing manes/tails, which is why they are oftenly blowing in the wind in my pictures! And after hating drawing backgrounds for a while, I have to say I've really started to appreciate how they can complete the picture and add so much more emotion and depth to it. So yeah, backgrounds and skies have become favourites too.

:bulletpink: And where do you get your inspiration from?
Inspiration is everywhere! It's in the music I listen to, the films I watch, the games I play, and most certainly in other people's art aswell. I just have to browse through the galleries on here to find too many ideas and be inspired to draw too many things at once! :giggle:

:bulletyellow: That's interesting. Is there any particular medium you would like to try?   
I don't draw with pen on paper half as much as I used to, now that I've got the luxury of the digital version. But I would definately want to go back and work more on those skills more.

:bulletblue: You've been an inspiration to a number of budding equine artists out there – can you share some tips to those just starting out?
I'm sure everyone's tired of hearing it by now, but practise is the key to perfection. Look at a lot of photos (don't be afraid of using references) and practise drawing from them. Don't throw away any sketches, no matter how terrible you think they look. After a hundred more tries, you can look back and realise how much you've learnt and improved.

:bulletpink:  Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?
Be patient and don't be afraid to try new things and challenge yourself! Every time you learn something new, you grow a little bit as an artist. You will be more prepared for new challenges, and your work will show a deeper variety in many ways. :nod:


Equine Fiction:reading:

Comic

There are many wonderful horse-related comics and fanfiction around dA, so if you have one, please let me know and I'll feature it here!

"Practice of Finding" is a lovely comic by :iconsolinabright: that is really well illustrated and interesting to follow. Here are the first couple of pages to get you started!
Page 1 by SolinaBright PoF Page 2 by SolinaBright

Themed Features:gallery:

February's theme: Fanart.
Epona by JenPenJenPegasus by VyntresserSpirit and Rain by blayrd

February's colour: Brown.
Brown by lamoo1 chocolate by Tanja-AChocolate. by YOB

February's breed: Halflinger.
Equus 2 by OnBoo22 crazy by paula2206-photoThe Queen Of The North by OlviaVika

Photography Corner:camera:

Showcasing some of the finest and most majestic images of equines from talented photographers and photo-manipulators around the world.

-horse- by xxbone HORSE by Raymaker
Of the light by ceara Summer horse by dInmIn winter XIV by vadalein Horse by Ninoness

Contests:trophy:

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? Then drop me a note with a link to your journal, a brief description and a date for the deadline and I'll feature it in the next issue!

:star::iconthylacina::star:
Theme: Design a Mystic horse for her story. Read about it here: thylacina.deviantart.com/journ…
Closing Date: February 8th 2010

:star::iconjeweledfaith::star:
Theme: "Wildfire Herd on Broadway". Read about it here: jeweledfaith.deviantart.com/jo…
Closing date: February 28th 2010

:star::iconsilharai::star:
Theme: "Brick Ranch Winter Show". Read about it here: silharai.deviantart.com/journa…
Closing date: March 18th 2010

:star::iconrazzinaussi::star:
Theme: Adoptables. Read about it here: razzinaussi.deviantart.com/art…
Closing date: March 31st 2010

Help Desk:helpdesk:

Helpful Resources

Having trouble with a difficult pose? Stuck on how to draw from a certain perspective? Don't fear! There are a number of wonderful stock accounts around dA with plenty of beautiful stock photos for you to reference. Always abide by the stock artist's rules, and always remember to link back and credit the photo you use.
:new: to this issue is the "Group" section, where I'll feature one of the many exciting equine groups around dA. Want your group featured in a future issue? Just drop me a note!

Featured Stock Account

:star::iconchunga-stock::star:

This is an awesome stock account with hundreds of really helpful horse photos in various poses! You'll spend ages browsing through this great gallery. :la:
44 Stretching out gallop by Chunga-Stock Horse stock - Canter up hill by Chunga-Stock 89 Looking down WB by Chunga-Stock

Featured Group

:star::iconlittleequine::star:

This is a great group for any of you new equine artists out there who are looking for some support and help when it comes to drawing horses. So, if you're a beginner, this is the group for you! :meow:


Letters:email:

I recently got a note from :iconindigirl: who is looking for someone to red-line this sketch for her:
Red Line Please NEED HELP by Indigirl
If anyone out there thinks they can help, please do drop her a note! Thanks guys! :hug:
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:iconolga5:
Aww! Thanks for featuring and such kind words! REALLY appriciate it :)
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:iconbarbaro29:
i was woundering, coude you maybe feture :iconahernstables: in your next pice, her stuff is good, and she has some awsome designs and i think needs more horse artist to notice.
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narnia-awake Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it as usual! And yay for Haflingers!
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dennybutt Feb 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
YAY i love these! :boogie:
I feel so left out I never get featured :(
nevermind :shrug: :rofl:
Have you seen my comic yet? I've made 13 pages!
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tweatle Feb 3, 2010   General Artist
awesome!!!
brillianty done michelle, i love reading this!<3

I have a contest, is it possible for u to show it on your next monthly journal?
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:iconrazzinaussi:
I just want to say thank you again for advertising my adoptables!!
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:iconjanaita:
Omg! Yes! So many amazing works to fave again. :wow: the Horsin' around-days are now my official fave spree days! :giggle:
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cerona Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much again for the interview hun - it really made my day!! :la: I must say you always manage to put together such amazing issues each time, they're always so full of variety and is a great way to introduce people to the community (and the community to other people too! :giggle:). Great work! :love:
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xforevermore Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer

Wow, thank you so much! This means so much to me. 8D I was having quite the day too, haha. Logging on to find my inbox overflowing with new comments and favourites really lifted my spirits!
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whirl-wind Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay you featured Kimptone! :)
And howlinghorse totally deserved that feature too.

Love it!
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