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H.A Stamp by MichelleWalkerbecomeTHEchange stamp by insaneone

Hello everyone, and welcome to “Horsin’ Around”, a 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/Issue 11/Issue 12

Love for the Underapppreciated: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::iconthunderbulletz::star:

The Spirit of Autumn by thunderbulletzWhen the Snow Falls by thunderbulletzLast Dawns of Summer by thunderbulletz

This very talented young artist has a gorgeous gallery filled with beautiful horses and stunning scenic backgrounds. Swing by her page to see for yourself! :love:

:star::iconrozenng::star:

Black horse by RozenngZolien by Rozenng:thumb149669462:

This talented artist has a lovely gallery, with a mixture of cute chibi and amazing realistic work, which is just a joy to look at! :la:

:star::iconpaardjee::star:

Busted by PaardjeeCE: Summer evenings by PaardjeeLights of the forest by Paardjee

Another talented young artist who has a beautiful gallery full of interesting scenes and pretty horses! She also offers VERY reasonable prices/points for commissions too, so be sure to stop by and help out if you can. :aww:

Featured Digital Equine Artist Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

:star::iconmisted-dream::star:

Held by the Moon by Misted-DreamPride of the Desert by Misted-DreamUnicorn Valley by Misted-Dream

Actually, this artist is very talented in both digital AND traditional mediums, but I’ve decided to feature her digital work in this issue. Stop by her page to see for yourself how amazing her artwork is! :love:

Featured Traditional Equine Artist Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

:star::iconwnf2000::star:

Friesian Stallion by wnf2000Friesian Mist by wnf2000Friesian 2 by wnf2000

You will be amazed at the beauty of this artist’s work - his stunning pencil drawings are incredibly lifelike. Even though his gallery is small at the moment (he is a new deviant) he is definitely one to watch, as you can see! :omfg:

Featured Equine Photographer Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

:star::iconattlid::star:

As the wind blows by attlidAutumn rain by attlidOh so confident by attlid

This promising young photographer has a gallery full of gorgeous action and portrait shots of horses! Beautiful work. :heart:

Featured Equine Photomanipulator Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

:star::iconhorseridingfreak::star:

You Still Couldn't Breathe by HorseRidingFreakTo Be Real by HorseRidingFreakSalvation for the Damned by HorseRidingFreak

Once again proving that the art of photomanipulation is more than simply cutting/pasting, this talented artist effortlessly blends realism and fantasy to create stunning photos whilst still looking natural. :wow:

An Interview With… :phonecall:

Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favourite equine artists! This issue, is is :iconwild-hearts: Alice has been, for  quite some time, a source of inspiration to budding young equine cartoonists everywhere! Her unique style and personality really shines through in her art, and is going from strength to strength with her interesting characters and storylines! Her new comic, “Trials of the Heart” is both well written and fabulously illustrated. Be sure to check it out!

Step on High by Wild-HeartsWhats...? by Wild-HeartsI'm not alone by Wild-Hearts

:bulletyellow: Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hey! And thank you for letting me be a part of the new issue -- I can't wait to read it! Well my name is Alice, most of you know me as Wild-Hearts and I live in Wales...Britain :p

:bulletblue: Cool. How long have you been drawing horses for?

I don't really think I can put an age on it! I would say that it was probably the first animal I ever drew, simply because we own horses and they have been such a huge part of my life since I can remember! And as a result -- I grew up drawing them, and I don't think I will ever stop! :D

:bulletpink: Wow, really? Can you tell us why you enjoy drawing them so much?

Oops, think I already explained that in the previous question! I don't think anyone can argue that, a horse is one of the most graceful and beautiful animals on the earth -- I've always enjoyed a challenge while drawing, and they are so difficult to capture too. I just love them, to sum it up! ;)

:bulletyellow: Do you have a particular way of drawing horses?

Well...I usually try to sketch it out in a blobby sort of shape to get the proportions right before going in to detail. I always have my reference image pasted next to my sketch in the programme I'm using, wether it be MS paint or Photoshop. It's always good to look at the skeletons too - to see what's actually going on under there! :XD:

:bulletblue: Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favourite piece in your gallery is?
Heaven Above by Wild-Hearts
I'd just have to say this one -- It's just a really heartfelt piece. I drew it for someone who'd lost their horse...and I love the image because of the meaning behind it :)

:bulletpink: Looks amazing! Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
TotH: Comic Cover by Wild-Hearts
I have quite a few! Troy and Destiny being the most well known! I've finally started my comic on them which is supposed to explain Troy's life story. I've had them for about four years now -- and It's lovely to finally have enough talent in Photoshop to show you all the story I've been meaning to tell for three years! :XD:

:bulletyellow: Awesome! Is there any particular part of equine anatomy that you find difficult to draw?

There is NO question about this! It's the back legs! X.X I can't ever get them right the first time - I have to go back and back about ten times to get them to work! I've sat staring at my horses’ back legs, their hocks for ages, but I still can't get it right the first time! I can't wait for the day when I can just draw them and be happy the first time! :lol:

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

My favourite part is definitely the sketching! It's messy and fun - and it doesn't have to be accurate!

:bulletpink: And where do you get your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from all over the place. A lot of the time, I get it from dA -- but I am constantly thinking up new things when I'm bored, Most of these ideas don't get put down on paper, but there isn't a day I don't think about what I could 'do' next!

:bulletyellow: That’s interesting. Is there any particular medium you would like to try?

I've tried most mediums, and I stick with my favourites -- colour pencils, Pencils and Digital art! But one thing I've always wanted to do is oil painting, I've been told I'd be good at it! Haha, so that's encouraging!

: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?

Hmmm, tips....Well, Just be yourself and draw what YOU want. Don't ever feel you need to draw in a certain way to please other people. Develop your own style, weather it be cartoony or realism. And don't get discouraged by looking at 'better' art than your own - everyone has to start out somewhere! ^^

:bulletpink: Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?

Practice, Practice, Practice! And don't make tracing a habit - I see so many traced images, and even though it's the easy route, it's not helping you improve your anatomy in the long run. ;) I don't think ANYONE has perfect anatomy without years of painstaking mistakes and scrapped sketches! I've still got loads to learn too! :giggle:

~Wild :heart:


Themed Features:gallery:

October’s Theme: Halloween
Halloween Hauntings by EquinusHappy Halloween 2007 by sighthoundlady

October’s Colour: Black
Wherever you go... by MondpferdTimeless Melody by ceronaLight by Ponytail

October’s Breed: Appaloosa

Bay Appaloosa for Fire N Ash by WSTopDeckAppaloosa trot by JanaitaAppaloosa by Plaguedog

Photography Corner :camera:

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

Together by JayeTatoneCameo morning light by photocrafterBoomermax by jenah
Baroque Majesty by stealersweepblack beauty by holdyourhorsesIn This Together. by ilovetoseeWave by thisisyesterday

Contests:trophy:

There’s always a contest or two going on within the equine community! I’ve listed a few current ones going on at the moment, and also ones running out before the next issue is released. Are you hosting a contest and want to advertise it here? No problem! Just drop me a note with a link to your contest journal, a brief description and a date for the deadline and I’ll feature it in the next issue!

:star::iconshenim::star:
Theme: Design a character for her comic, “Moonwhispering”
Deadline: 30th November 2010
Read full contest details here: emiohh.deviantart.com/journal/…

:star::iconwildhorseherd::star:
Theme: Take photos of your Breyer horse model(s)
Deadline: TBA after November 13th 2010
Read full contest details here: wildhorseherd.deviantart.com/j…

:star::iconlilafly::star:
Theme: Draw her character, Cathy
Deadline: December 31st 2010
Read full contest details here: lilafly.deviantart.com/journal…

:star::iconequinus::star:
This isn’t a contest, but it is a really exciting project being held within the Equine Community this Christmas! It’s the third annual “Equine Secret Santa”, and Equinus wants it to be the BIGGEST one yet! If you’d like to know more about the project, read all about it here: news.deviantart.com/article/13… but remember the deadline to get your note in is November 9th, so if you want to take part you need to hurry! :eager:

Help Desk:helpdesk:

Helpful Resources

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

tutorial - horse hooves by m-u-h-aTutorial: Reflection Part 1 by ceronaTutorial: Reflection Part 2 by cerona

Featured Stock Account

:star::iconbreathless-dk::star:

warmblood24 by Breathless-dkStarlight37 by Breathless-dkStarlight87 by Breathless-dk

One of my favourite stock accounts! :la: There are poses for just about every occasion, and from all angles. Fantastic resource!

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


:star::iconequine-art-reference::star:

This is a really helpful Group, which compiles a good amount of equine tutorials, as well as offering other helpful resources like requesting redlines and horse genetic guides. Definitely worth checking out! :la:
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Janaita Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
omg thanks for adding my appy pic ! ;o; <3
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SomersetRaven Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Just thought I'd comment to suggest a feature. I've only recently started watching ~beautiful-horses but she's very talented and doesn't have many views or watchers. :)
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MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks hon! I'll keep an eye on her account to see what else she uploads. :D
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SomersetRaven Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :D
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Celleno Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Student General Artist
So now I remember I forgot to say something in my original post. I have a couple of ideas for who you could feature in the next article. :) One of them is :iconapple-is-a-color: who is great at equine realism and also it would be great if :iconshekla: got featured sometime too. :D
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MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks hon! ~Shekla is definitely up for a feature anyway, but I have already featured *apple-is-a-color :giggle: But keep your suggestions comin'! :hug:
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Celleno Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh you have? Opps. I guess I need to go back and see who you haven't featured. I totally forgot you had done her already. :)
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MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's OK! I have a note of who I've featured, so it's easy for me to check! Plus I remember her. :D
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beautiful-horses Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just wanted to suggest sweets-b
I expecially love her my little pony's<3
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MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her ponies are cute! Though perhaps her art is more anime-based than equine. ^^;
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