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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:

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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:

Suggested by Skye-Fate

This talented pixel artist has some really lovely images, and offers very reasonable prices for her commissions. So why not stop by to show your support! :aww:


This Russian artist has a very light and delicate style, which is very unique! Sadly, her English isn’t good, so she may not be able to communicate with most of us, but her art speaks for itself! :love:
LF by olllga81Salvatore by olllga81'Liberty Freestayl'' by olllga81


This lovely traditional artist has a beautiful gallery full of fantasy/medieval art, which is just a joy to look at! Stop by and marvel at the details she puts into her work. :la:
Freedom by devilkateDifferent worlds by devilkateMorning mist by devilkateBlack unicorn by devilkate

Featured Digital Equine Artist Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker


This artist has a wonderfully varied gallery filled with almost photo-realistic digital paintings, as well as fun stylized pieces! If you’re not already familiar with her work, be sure to stop by her page. :love:
AT: Silent Flash by WSTopDeckCommission: Sunset Pirouette by WSTopDeckAlone Again... by WSTopDeck

Featured Traditional Equine Artist Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker


Mary has a very beautiful gallery consisting of wonderful coloured pencil and sketch works. She is a really friendly person too, so don’t be afraid to stop by her gallery to say hi! :aww:

Featured Equine Photographer Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker


This photographer’s stunning gallery will blow you away! :omg: She really captures the beauty of the West in her amazing photos.
Days End by photocrafterCAMEO by photocrafterPart-series-3 by photocrafter

Featured Equine Photomanipulator Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker


A relatively new artist, but a very talented one at that! Her work is very inspiring and creative. :wow:
Commish 4 by KennelwoodForbidden. by KennelwoodCommish 3 by Kennelwood

An Interview With… :phonecall:

Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favourite equine artists! This issue, is is :iconhowlinghorse: Ceinwen has an absolutely stunning gallery with a wide variety of digital, traditional, fantasy and realism works! She excels at equine art, but her other pieces are not to be overlooked; stop by her incredible gallery for a browse and see for yourself! :gallery:  

Snow Stepping by howlinghorseBlind by howlinghorseEnd of Days by howlinghorse

:bulletyellow: Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hey no problem. My name's Ceinwen, 21 and I live in Wales in the UK. I work as an artist, community artist and look after my little sister.

:bulletblue: Cool. How long have you been drawing horses for?
Since I was able to hold a pen - I still have stacks of paper covered with horses done from age 3 onwards!

:bulletpink: Wow, really? Can you tell us why you enjoy drawing them so much?
I think its partly the shapes and lines that a very high muscle intelligence gives to them, and the fact that built for speed, their anatomy is so beautifully balanced and fluid. I love the creativity you can use with poses and expressions, because of the expressive movement of equines, and their often wild and free-flowing hair. There's something very mythical and romantic about horses, and also very civilised, considering humans were carried to our current level of development on their backs. I love playing with lots of different interpretations.

:bulletyellow: Do you have a particular way of drawing horses?
If I'm drawing a particular horse's portrait, I will sketch ad infinitum 'til I get a sketch I like, at which point I will rough it out larger and build it up into a finished piece. When doodling or designing a mural or tattoo I usually start with one part and work outwards, which is more hit and miss but less predictable. All this sketching and doodling means I always have tons of material around I can riffle through if I'm particularly stuck. I have pages and pages on each horse part - muzzles, ears, for example, that I draw from life or memory.

:bulletblue: Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favourite piece in your gallery is?
Maiganel by howlinghorse
I have a soft spot for this one because I managed to perfectly manifest the vision I wanted to make. I think there is nothing more soulful than a horse's eye except maybe the moon, so I tried to infuse this painting with the spirit of both!

:bulletpink: Looks amazing!  Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
Well I don't write much fiction, but I do like to tell stories aloud. I make up a lot of different characters, none of them represent me though. I've had various RPG characters, my favourite is a pirate called Merrig, who is a chillingly indifferent, brutal opportunist with incomprehensible motivations... very satisfying to write about!

:bulletyellow: Awesome! Is there any particular part of equine anatomy that you find difficult to draw?
It can be tricky to get hoof angles right, and I can be quite lazy so I just tend to suggest leg detail, but when I make myself concentrate I can usually handle it. Ears are sometimes hard to place correctly, and I am terribly inclined to make nostrils way too big.

:bulletblue:  Good to know we all have trouble, then! So what would be your favourite part of drawing?
Sketching, because its instant gratification and takes no time at all!

:bulletpink: And where do you get your inspiration from?
Reading voraciously, I love books and the pictures they make in my mind often inspire me to paint or draw, also going for walks, visiting horse shows, meeting lots of interesting real life horsey characters...

:bulletyellow: That’s interesting. Is there any particular medium you would like to try?   
I think I've tried just about everything but I'm keen to someday learn to make real tattoos - designing them is great but actually working on skin would be very cool. I'd love to try mosaic too on a grand scale, or wood carving.

: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?
Don't worry about quality. I cannot say that enough! Do not worry about the quality of your drawings, or compare them to your favourite artists' work, just get as much quantity out as you can. If you think its awful, shrug and draw a new one. Just keep going, keep going, you have to try and draw every single day, maybe try a project like 'draw 10 horses a day' to make sure you keep going even if you feel they are no good! And try and keep everything if you can... and eventually your own style and skills emerge - making you a totally unique and one of a kind artist (even if in the beginning a lot of your work does resemble other people's, that's fine as long as you don't claim their ideas as your own, dishonestly!)

:bulletpink:  Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?
Thanks for asking me! Advice? First off, don't ever take anything anyone says as the one and only way, there is no one and only way and we are all different and we are all creative so I wouldn't dream of giving so called expert advice, but secondly just keep going!! I love seeing what people do and I can never get enough equine art so keep making it and keep sharing it and we'll all benefit together!

Ceinwen xxx

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!

"Legend of the Ice Horses" by Valvador is (according to the artist) "A Graphic Novel based on popular book written by Margit Sandemo, 'The Legend of the Ice People'. If you're a fan of Margit, I hope you like my adaptation; if you haven't met Margit's book yet - I hope that my adaptation will make you a fan of her!" Chapter one starts here:

Spellbound - Ch01 - P001 by Valvador

Themed Features:gallery:

December’s Theme: Winter
Winter gallop by DappleHackWinter Pony by Neutron2KWinter Wonderland by cerona

December’s Colour: White
Not yet lost by JanaWwinter lord by Tanja-AWinter Blues2 by BlakGrafixwinter X by vadalein

December’s Breed: Shire

Cryssie's Shire by Novawuffwinter XV by vadaleinHorse 3 by larewenevenstarShire by caldwellart

Photography Corner :camera:

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

arabian horse Eksel by VikarusVoltair by sorrelstangLuso Stallions by stealersweep
Afternoon Grass by BregoGirlfriend in me by xthumbtakxMerry Christmas by equineinnocenceKiowa War Horse by HansProppe


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!

Theme: Design her an Equisona (horse character)
Deadline: 10th December 2010
Read full contest details here:…

Theme: Imaginary equines in unusual angles OR Famous horses in History
Deadline: 15th February 2011
Read full contest details here: elite-equine-artists.deviantar…

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

Reposition a horse tutorial by RobynSmaleBeorgHair Painting Tutorial part 1 by MissMetroHair Painting Tutorial part 2 by MissMetro

Featured Stock Account


Abby 33 by lumibearBad Attitude 7 by lumibearLevi 38 by lumibear

A really wonderful stock account chock full of amazing action photos! :la: Definitely stop by if you’re in need of inspiration!

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


This is a great Group if you find it overwhelming browsing the many equine stock photos on dA. They have helpfully gathered a good collection of photos into different colour co-ordinated folders to help you find what you're looking for! :la:
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Rootbeet Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
A brilliant article! Their art is stupidly amazing, you got the best of all of it! :D
sunsetluvr247 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Yay, another one! :la: :glomp:

I love the features in this one, and the interview was really interesting. :nod: :heart: I will certainly give those artists a quick look. :aww:
IceRyder Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Student Photographer
Nice Article! Many fantastic artist and talents there!

I would like to tip you about my friend's artwork. :) [link] One of my fav pieces she has made: [link]
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Yeeey another Horsin' Around! :iconepiclaplz: I can't ever praise you enough for taking your time to write this great article! It's also so kind of you to help unknown, but yet so talented artists to get more deserved attention to their works. :nod: Great job once again luv, I wish you the best of luck for the next article as well! :heart:
rockin-vs Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student Photographer
great article! I love every single one of them :)
GalopaWXY Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for remembering the contest =D :hug:
cerona Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another great issue :la: And thank you so very much for including my picture too :iconloveredplz:
casca-x Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
8D Yay, you featured Mary! :iconteheplz: Lolz, I feel like I'm friends with a celebrity or sumpin'... :XD:

Love the featured photography! :clap:
sorrelstang Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the feature! Great issue as usual! :iconflowerdanceplz: :iconflowerdanceplz: :iconflowerdanceplz:
Dididada1997 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello Boribaby, I hope I don't annoy you, but I have a little question: How do you let the deviations show up in your news/journal ?
Glorynezz Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know; she uses the 'thumb' code to the deviations.

[link] <-- here you see what I mean.

but you have to have a subby or it wont work ^^;
Dididada1997 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, okay thank you 1
Dactik Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student Filmographer
wow, i absolutely adore the equine photographer you've chosen! :love: her pictures left me speechless.... :faint: :heart:
Paardjee Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And another great issue of HA :la:
Now I've got some new people who's galleries need some checking out :giggle:
Awesome job on this! :glomp:
Ealaain Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student General Artist
:wow: those are some AMAZING equine artists!!!
Sablewynd Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad to see this is up and going again! :dummy:
larewenevenstar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow! i've never been featured! thanks so much!! :D
SophieTookaPhoto Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student Filmographer
You always feature amazing stockists. Thank you!
peacenluv10101 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice article! Hey,BTW Do you think you could feature another article ive made on how to handle another program called GIMP? ^^; if not its perfectly fine!
iadorewarriorcars Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Trust me. I tried out Gimp and it is a pain. You have to really know how to do it. It will take a LONG time to figure our Gimp. I still haven't figured it out and it's been a year. It's either I'm really slow or Gimp is just WAY to advanced for me.
peacenluv10101 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
well,primp your GIMP has some good tips!
iadorewarriorcars Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Hey. Just asking. How did you make that icon? I want to make one. I've been stuck with this ugly thing for over a year.
peacenluv10101 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh,one of my friends made it for me ^^ but i had a better one earlier,if you want i can make you one but itll be 1 points for a non-animated one but 2 for a animated one ^^
iadorewarriorcars Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Ok. Well, my mom said she would get me points by possibly wensday. Culd you hold off till thn? And then I'll get back to you. She said there is a possibility she wont get it for me. And dang, thts cheap. I can't believe you actually charge tht low. :O I asked a bunch of people if they could make me a animation icon, and they said tht'll be 50 points. Im like
peacenluv10101 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
well,its just a little icon i dont really think its worth 50 points! SO of course i go really cheap! ^^

and yea i can wait a little its fine!
iadorewarriorcars Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
IKR! And ty! When my mom gets me the points I will definately tell u. Oh and by the way. FELIZ NAVIDAD!
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Valvador Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great issue! Thanks for featuring my comic :la:
lumibear Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the feature! I really appreciate it! When I saw your comment I was like, "H'OMG BORIBABY!" I'm a huge fan :XD:
FreisianGal Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Interesting! Honestly, I would suggest *orengel. Oren is an amazing artist and lives in Australia. She has reached over 50k now, and this muffin face should be featured. She inspired me to make my pixels... Better I guess. :XD:
Kennelwood Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student General Artist
thank you so much for the features :D
So many amazing artists I've never heard off o__o [adds several people to her stlaking list]
JanaW Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010   Digital Artist
great article. And I feel honored to be featured in the colour theme! Thanks a lot for all the work you put into this :hug:
ManaSpectrum Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your article! I'm so glad I came across it in the first place :) So many great pieces of art, and lovely stock accounts you've shared with us too! I'm motiviated more than ever to paint and draw horses now, I haven't done it in a while :meow:
Thank you for such a great article every time, and thanks to everyone featured for providing the community with fabulous equine works! :heart: :aww:
TarriedSea Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Michelle! :glomp: :heart: Thank you so much for featuring me! This was totally unexpected- I was wondering why I had so many new watchers today! :giggle: Thank you for thinking so highly of my art; I really appreciate it! :hug:
Arylide Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010   Writer
Fantastic work - again. Awesome choices this issue - filled with buckets of inspiration. Great job hun!
NobiRobi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay HA! 83 Great issue this time!
anniehorselover Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
It's amazing how many talented artists are on DA. :clap:
Vox-Morda Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Thanks for mentioning my contest! <3
Celleno Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student General Artist
Yay another article! :dance: I really enjoy being introduced to all these wonderful artists that I may have never found otherwise. :D
Aspi-Galou Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool ! Another one ! :la:
anniehorselover Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Tu as français? Je parle français! Est-ce que tu parle souvent français?
Aspi-Galou Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course I speak French.
I'm French. ^^
anniehorselover Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Je voudrais avoir un ami français, parce que j'adore parler français mais mes copines ne parlent pas français.
Aspi-Galou Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Dans ce cas, je vais écrire en français ! ^^
anniehorselover Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
D'accord! Je voyage en France en l'été. Peut-être que je vais vous y voir?
Aspi-Galou Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
çà dépend où est-ce que tu vas en France ! ^^
J'habite en Corrèze, dans le Limousin.
anniehorselover Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Je ne sais pas où nous vas, mais je vais demander à mon père au sujet de Corrèze.
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HaliteAnn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it! You're article always helps me a lot, and it's great to see the features! :D
xEntourage Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Great artists again. And it's awesome to see HA again!:iconlawooplz: How can I suggest someone?:meow:
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