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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:

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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:


A really stunning gallery with some breathtaking photos of beautiful horses. Definitely one to watch! :heart:
Jazelle by JAGfotos Angel in the Dark by JAGfotos Gideon by JAGfotos Drip-Drop, Drip-Drop by JAGfotos

Suggested by Lol-Horse

This artist has a really unique and quirky style. Her art is gorgeous, so stop by and see for yourself! :la:
Endlessness by m-u-h-aPegasus by m-u-h-a Unicorn by m-u-h-a


Another artist with a very unique style! Her art is interesting and full of colour. Take a moment to swing by her page! :love:
Wicked by stableblondy Just Run by stableblondy Escapement by stableblondy

Featured Digital Equine Artist Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker


With the ability to digitally paint almost photo-realistically, this talented artist has some gorgeous works in her gallery! :wow:
100:60 Rejection by QueenOfGoldfishes Mr Bagir by QueenOfGoldfishes Dance by QueenOfGoldfishes

Featured Traditional Equine Artist Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker


This incredible artist has a gorgeous gallery, with one of the most delicate and beautiful styles I’ve seen in my time on dA. :faint:
Alpine Charm by pallanoph Iberian sketch... by pallanoph Illuminated by pallanoph

Featured Equine Photographer Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker


This talented photographer has a gorgeous gallery with some truly inspiring equine photos. :love:
Finnish horse stallion by floCha Pelennor by floCha Airborn by floChaMother's Love by floCha

Featured Equine Photomanipulator Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker


Another incredibly talented artist, you'll be hard pressed to tell the difference between fantasy and reality! :wow:
There is so much to live for.. by Esveeka Abandoned. by Esveeka innocent times by Esveeka

An Interview With... :phonecall:

Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favourite equine artists! This issue, it is :iconcrickatoo:
Berumel by Crickatoo January by Crickatoo

:bulletyellow: Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi! I'm Ashley but many of you call me Cricket :). I'm 21 years old and from the sunshine state of California! :sun: I absolutely love drawing animals, and have been drawing since I was able to hold a crayon. Currently I'm unemployed, living off of commissions here.

:bulletblue: Cool. How long have you been drawing horses for?
Well I know there must be some age old doodles from when I was little... but I didn't really start seriously getting into equines until about 7 years ago, when I made a "Uni" on :lmao:

:bulletpink: Wow, really? Can you tell us why you enjoy drawing them so much?
I'm very much in love with the characters I've created. Whenever I'm in a bad mood, or can't think of what to draw, they become such a comfort. Plus, who can resist those deep wise eyes and the elegant grace to the equine form? hehe :giggle:

:bulletyellow: Do you have a particular way of drawing horses?
Oh yes! I try to stay away from line art, because my hand isn't very steady and I'm just not a neat person. :XD: I always start with skeletons, or very rough sketches. Then with the airbrush, I go from there. I shade as I go, building up tones and detail. For some reason I always draw eyes and ears last! ^^;

:bulletblue: Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favourite piece in your gallery is?
NightMare by Crickatoo
It's really hard to pick, because there are so many that I love for many different reasons. They all speak to me in different ways. What I love about this one is that it sort of broke everyone's conception of my character, Delirium. She has a wicked, melting glasgow smile, and looks so freaky! Sometimes I really love tuning into that darker side of artwork. Overall, the picture turned out exactly how I wanted it to, and even took it's own direction. I'm very happy with it. :)

:bulletpink: Looks amazing!  Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
Oh my gosh, I have SO many OCs! But only three of them are in my gallery right now. I suppose I'll pay tribute to StormCry.
StormCry by Crickatoo
StormCry was my very first equine character! In Dec of 2010 he'll be 8 years old. He is a very complex character, and I've made his life far from easy. Weather reacts to his emotions and he is the lead stallion of a rather large herd (that a few of you are a part of!). Unfortunately, out of all my characters, he seems to have gotten the least attention over the last few years :(

:bulletyellow: Awesome! Is there any particular part of equine anatomy that you find difficult to draw?
For some reason, only recently EARS. I have no idea why; they didn't before! I've been struck with the ear plague :ohnoes:.

:bulletblue:  Good to know we all have trouble, then! So what would be your favourite part of drawing?
HAIR! Oh I love love love drawing hair. I feel confident in my hair texturing style, and it's very relaxing working with all those wisps and strands. I feel like hair is what really can bring the image to life (or at least in my images where the manes are rarely just hanging down haha).

:bulletpink: And where do you get your inspiration from?
Everything. From the sound of the wind on my walls in the morning, to the dreams I dance in late at night. The way my cereal looks when I'm almost done. A few words from conversation. From people HERE who have shown me so many wonderful techniques and styles, and offered help in all shapes and forms. I'm critique friendly :D

:bulletyellow: That’s interesting. Is there any particular medium you would like to try?
I'm actually very tired of Digital drawing, and would like to combine traditional graphite work with some digital elements :). I've yet to find a way of doing this that I'm pleased with though. I might scan some of my acrylic paintings though!

: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?
References can be a huge help when you're starting out! Really give an image a good look; all the lumps and bumps and angles and colors. Also, don't overwhelm yourself with trying to be "the best" or as good as someone else. Everyone has a process they go through; try to enjoy it every step of the way. And celebrate when you make a breakthrough! :boogie:

:bulletpink:  Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?
Draw draw draw! Don't ever stop doing something you love :heart:. If you're waiting for your sign, your chance, your reason, THIS IS IT!

Equine Fiction:reading:


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!

"Meadows of Heaven" by :iconbethie-bathory: is shaping up to be a great comic indeed! The colours are nice and vibrant, the characters are unique and the backgrounds are well drawn. :nod: Here's the first three pages:
Meadows of Heaven - Page 1 by Bethie-Bathory Meadows of Heaven - Page 2 by Bethie-Bathory Meadows of Heaven - Page 3 by Bethie-Bathory

Themed Features:gallery:

February’s theme: Fanart.
Thowra's Wrath by ResidualHauntLast Unicorn Portrait by BlackUniGryphon Starlite photo by sammytvr

February’s colour: Brown.
Wind Horse by AoifeTighe Robin Z by Jullelin Horse Love. by caitlin-may

February’s breed: Halflinger.
Bolek by paula2206-photo Never Let Go by symmetryx Fluffy Pony by oddbluepony

Photography Corner:camera:

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

Stay close to mum by Shadow-and-Flame-86 :thumb64868368: Iceland XX : eye by Nadija
Rose Portriat by EllenEinkauf Longing by LandOfStandardbreds :thumb138944741: Horse Girl II by AndySimmons


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:Special Feature:star:

This issue, I'd like to do a special feature to let you all know about an exciting contest that Atterimus and SarahScala are hosting! The theme is "Nightmares" and you can read all about it here:… There are loads of awesome prizes up for grabs, including subscriptions! :la: The closing date is April 17th 2010, so there's still plenty of time to get creative and enter this awesome contest!

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. And :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


This excellent stock account has loads of great action shots of horses, as well as lots of other helpful photos of dogs, cats and birds. Her photos are all very clear and are great for downloading for manips or references. :)
Getz 59 by aussiegal7Elle 057 by aussiegal7Elle n Getz  06 by aussiegal7

Featured Group


This is a brand new group, founded by :iconequinus: :love: The group's mission is to help all equine artists with anything they might find difficult, such as drawing, lineart, tablet issues, backgrounds etc. We're all a friendly bunch, so don't be shying in joining and letting us know if you're having trouble drawing anything! :)
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peacenluv10101 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
you should interview ~kokamo77 i love her digital art!
Autoile Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
what happened to Horsin' Around?
I'd love to see another article come out soon! :heart:
MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It should be back soon, I just haven't had much time these days! :XD:
Autoile Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Okey dokey! That's fine, just wondering XD
Love4Equines Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Yet another fasinating issue...keep it up! :thanks:
luigipony Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Applebird123 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist
Thank you so much for this Bori. It helps bring the lesser-known artists who deserve to be well-known right under our noses so we can +watch them!
xox love and hugs oxo
FlareAndIcicle Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again some really gorgeous images/pics of equines! :love:
JAGfotos Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the feature!!! I really appreciate it! :)
AnthemOfTheAngels Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Hehe! I love it!! I totally just used one of those photos for a manip too :XD: Really great stock!! I must go check out those other artists and comics! :w00t:
Valvador Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once again - fantastic :love:
NewShine Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't know how often you're told this, but these articles really are appreciated. And you interviewed one of my favorite artists!! Thanks for working to put this whole thing together and spread the equine love. <3
Celleno Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student General Artist
I love these articles that you do. It helps us find other artists and learn new things. Keep up the great work. :D
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Oh my god, you've found/featured April! I adore *pallanoph, she's probably my favorite artist on DA. She kindly made my watermark and has helped me so much :faint:. I'm glad you've featured her! :meow:
Thanks for interviewing me! Hopefully it's helpful to someone out there :aww:
surprice710 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Equinus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yet again a seriously fantastic article! :iconcarameldansenplz: I was actually looking at ~stableblondy's gallery today, and was thinking of watching her! Seeing her gorgeous art again has totally convinced me to watch her! :aww: And I gotta go watch *Fahlaemee too, her works are amazing! :drool: And yay for Cricket's interview! :la:
And a mega thank you for the group feature, you are sooooo awesome I can't explain it! :iconglompage: :iconilyplz: :iconloveredplz:
FrostedArabs Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
amazing job again! :D and such wonderful work! :love:
beautiful-horses Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im shocked that I havnt seen pallanoph's art before :O Its amazing!
karliashi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you and your awesome article!!!!!! :heart:
XxRed-ButterflyxX Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010   Digital Artist
I really like the featured photographer ! I love haflingers, those ponies are so gorgeous and so brave =) Too bad I'm too tall for them ! I suggest you to feature the Akhal Teke or the Kinsky breed for March, I love them :heart:

The Kinsky horses also have a metallic shine, and their coats are often golden (40% are either palomino or buckskin). They were used as racehorses and are one of the rarest breed in the world. Brave, gorgeous, fast and friendly, they have all of these qualities :heart:
Soutasy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This still rocks! :w00t: It's lovely to see all of those lovely features! :nod: Uhm, I wanna take a look at that contest and that comic! :D AWESOME! :heart:
dennyvixen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
this is the third time I've asked for a feature my friend :heart:
MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are plenty more issues to come.
Tigra1988 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I REALLY love Horsin' around!
Keep up your good work!
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