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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! Each issue 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, and even a stamp for you to use! 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 issue, and thanks for reading!

~Boribaby :hug:

Love for the Underappreciated</u>: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:</i>


This artist has a very pretty gallery, full of mythical creatures and beautiful horses. Her work definitely deserves more faves! :heart: Stop by her gallery - you won't be disappointed!
Aonbharr by Skye-FyreRakhsh by Skye-FyreOcyrrhoe by Skye-FyreHorse 6 by Skye-Fyre


A lovely gallery filled with beautiful pencil works of horses, as well as wolves and other animals, this artist is very talented! Take a look at her lovely gallery. :love:


A fairly new member to deviantART, this artist still deserves more faves in my opinion. She is highly skilled with traditional mediums, and her gallery is stunning. Please take a moment to stop by! :D

Featured Digital Equine Artist</u>Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker


This artist has a very beautiful and unique style - one that has progressed over the years into something truly magical. Stop by her gallery to see for yourself!
Art Nouveau Pegasus by sighthoundladyInga by sighthoundlady

Featured Traditional Equine Artist</u>Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker


A perfect example that you don't necessarily need colour to capture the beauty of horses! Fire-n-ash has some gorgeous black and white and sepia-toned drawings in her stunning gallery.
We Three Kings by Fire-n-ashA Gypsy's Heart by Fire-n-ashStrider by Fire-n-ash

Featured Equine Photographer</u>Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker


Effortlessly capturing movement and grace, this photographer has real talent! Her gallery is full of beautiful photos of majestic Andalusian horses.

An Interview With... </u>:phonecall:

Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favourite equine artists! This issue, it is :iconamandadrage: Her beautiful artwork is an inspiration to many – she is skilled in both traditional and digital mediums, and she captures the beauty and majesty of the horse with every portrait. She has a wonderful eye for colour, and her art is a joy to look at. Please check out her gallery if you haven't already done so! :love:
in your honour by AmandaDrageGlacial by AmandaDrageThe Starbringer by AmandaDrage

:bulletyellow: Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
--- My name is Amanda Drage, I'm 25 and I live in Northants in England. I work in a hotel.

:bulletblue: Cool. How long have you been drawing horses for?
--- For ever! Lol. I doodled in class and stuff, then once I left school I got too busy and had a 2-year break. Started again in 04, and have been working at it in earnest ever since.

:bulletpink: Wow, really? Can you tell us why you enjoy drawing them so much?
--- I have no idea. I think because it's one of the only things I'm reasonably good at... and also they're just inspiring animals generally.

:bulletyellow: Do you have a particular way of drawing horses?
--- Not really. I just do it! Although I'm always trying new materials (paints etc) and experimenting with looser styles. Some days I go for fast expressive stuff, some days I'm in a realistic mood.

:bulletblue: Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favourite piece in your gallery is?
Sanadik Ibn Estopa by AmandaDrage
--- I'm not sure I really have a favourite, but if pushed I'd say Sanadik Ibn Estopa

:bulletpink: Looks amazing!  Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
--- I do, but unlike most other OC's she's not from a comic/story, and I don't roleplay her... she's just intended to be a persona, and a subject for art (although I never seem to draw her lol!) Her name is Averylla and she's an Arabian mare.

:bulletyellow:  That’s great. Is there any particular part of equine anatomy that you find difficult to draw?
--- Hoofs are not a strong point of mine, lol. You don't see many of those in my gallery!

:bulletblue:  Good to know we all have trouble, then! Do you own any horses? If not, do you ride?
--- I don't own any horses and never have, although my best friend has 3 ponies who I see sometimes. I used to ride but I was never very good. I'm actually not really a typical horsey person at all. I just think they are nice to look at and draw!

:bulletpink: And do you have a favourite breed?
--- I can't really choose one. I love Spanish horses, and I also like Friesians and Arabians. The popular choices lol.

: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?
--- If you're just starting out, the best advice I have is practice! It's a rubbish thing to say but it gets you everywhere and anywhere. Full detail drawings are all well and good, but sketches are a most valuable part of the process.

:bulletblue:  Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?
--- Support each other artistically. Give fair and constructive criticism when asked for, and receive it graciously when it is given to you. It is okay to make mistakes and learn from them. And never rest on your laurels - there is always room for improvement!

Also - don't stress if something isn't coming out how you want it to. Put it aside for a while. Go and browse art on DA or elsewhere for inspiration. Gather some refs from stock galleries. Start something new in a completely different style, or with a different subject. If you're having an off-day you can't force it. It will always come back to you when it's good and ready. :)

Featured Equine Web Comic</u>:reading:

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

From a talented equine artist comes "Calling Home", a colourful and exciting comic by Equinus. Here are the front cover and first page:
Calling Home Cover Page by EquinusCalling Home - Page One by Equinus

Themed Features</u>:gallery:

August's theme: Mares and Foals.</i>
Trade - April and foal by TheGreatandMightyOzTP sharysaogail resting mare by andpieA Bit Sleepy by Plaguedog

August's colour: Blue.</i>
:thumb109282332:Darn It's a horse FINISHED by SassisForever Blue by alexandrabirchmoreThe Sea Horse by duckiethedonkey

August's breed: Arabian.</i>
Arabian by cormakArabian Essence by AtticusKZArabian by KulikGrace by Dyun

Photography Corner</u>:camera:

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

Horses Love... by MichiLaukeBlue Horses I infrared... by MichiLaukeHorses by hofhauser
:thumb124482042:in all his glory by venomxbabyWhen Daylight Fades by by francy84


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!

Theme: Design a new fursona for her. Read about it here:…
Closing Date: August 31st 2009

Theme: Design a coat colour for her new Apaloosa mare. Read about it:…
Closing Date: September 6th 2009

Theme: Design a new devID for her. Read about it here:…
Closing Date: September 9th 2009

Help Desk</u>:helpdesk:

In this section you will find links to horse stock accounts and helpful tutorials. :thanks:  

Helpful Resources</u>

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.


Helpful Tutorials</u>

Need help with drawing manes and tails? Can’t figure out how to colour in photoshop? Unsure how to shade? Then look no further! Here’s a collection of helpful tutorials for you to look at.

Horse Tutorial by DroemarDrawing the Horse by MajnounaGradient Shading Tutorial. Pt1 by Ilyana88Gradient Shading Tutorial. Pt2 by Ilyana88Pegasus Wing Tutorial by WSTopDeckColour pencil tutorial part 2 by andpie

Letters :email:

Got something on your mind? A question that needs answering? Any comments in general? Then send me a note, and I’ll try my best to answer! </sub></i>

As many of you know, we recently lost a member of our community, Winged-Horse (AKA Z1ven). He will be missed greatly, and his death has impacted both people who knew him well, and people who didn't. There are various projects going on around dA to remember him, and if you can help out with anything by means of giftart, please get in contact with the organizer(s).  

:iconlittlekirara: is putting together a music video with fanart of Winged-Horse's character, Kopano. If you have any pictures of him, please let her know.

And I recently got a note from :iconwrennars: asking for more people to help out with a collaboration piece herself, LittleHooves and KathyKnodoff are working on. Read more about it here:

"I don't really know how to start this, so let me just begin with a little intro. My name's Wrennars but most just call me Wren ( or twilight, I guess!)
I've loved and drawn horses since I could know what a horse was. DeviantART seemed like an awesome place for me to express myself and draw what I loved, and as I became familiar with the equine community here on DA, I met some amazing artists, and meet more all of the time.

Ziven was obviously well known throughout the equine community, and his passing was felt by many. I had the great privilege to have him as a friend, and to be one of his.

While I was talking with a friend, KathyKnodoff, we came up with the idea for a collaborative tribute to Ziven. Apparently, another friend, LittleHooves had the same idea, so we three decided to head the project. You can read what we've decided to do here:… and here: twilight-realm-child.deviantar… in our journals.

RIP Ziven Shirokii. :rose:

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Storm-the-dancer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
I don't know if you need any examples of the word unappreciated, but I found a perfect one: [link] .
And, I love it! All the information. And somehow, I just noticed the helpful tutorials are there. Weird. I thought I looked at all of it!
Fates-Broken-Wings Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
Absolutely amazing edition, just like the previous ones! :excited: :love:
Horses101 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Nice features! you keep on getting better and better! :)
Gatsby1984 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
I like this!
Perhaps it would be nice to separate or identify different types of horses... Andalusian, Saddle bred, Budweiser... etc...
BlazesStarGirl Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another great issue! Just gonna point out that in the intro you refer to each issue as the first lol idk if you wanna change that or not :D
MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL yeah, I didn't notice that! :lmao: Thanks.
BlazesStarGirl Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol no problem oh and i am currently having a quick little horse related contest if you have any way/need/desire to post it somewhere lol [link]
MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can feature it in a feature issue - when's the closing date? :)
BlazesStarGirl Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im gonna extend it to like september 25th
Shaughnessy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009   Photographer
Oh my goodness, I love you and your news article :) I needed serious help with poses and coloring and such, thanks so much for suggesting some tutorials!
FrescaFrostbringer Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Ah, always again, you're finding la crème de la crème of the equine community to create such a wonderful article!

Pure win, really, pure win! :dummy:
KathyKnodoff Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel obliged to thank for the effort to mention our little project here. And the feature choices are great as always - keep it up. :)
BreezyBree276 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really great job!
Fiverart Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
Wow, the featured photographer this week is amazing! And as usual, lovely features and interesting articles - you are such a sweetheart for doing this Bori!!
johnhoule Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Student Artist
yea i love the article and i made you something michelle and im glade to be at deviantart and im glade im kind person ever
sunsetluvr247 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
Aww, another great article! I always love the ideas you come up with. :D

I am trying to find a few good feature suggestions for the next article- but they are all coming up so quickly! They are awesome, Michelle. :hug:
ArwenAmidala Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Can one suggest/submit ones own work? And how would one do that?

And as always, GREAT issue!!!!!!!!
Winzer Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
these sincerely brighten up my day. I've found so many amazing artists just from these articles...thanks for putting them up boribaby, it's a real service to the community. :heart:
0-Mooncry-0 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous job as always i love it!:love:
whirl-wind Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay new article, I'm looking forward to these, love reading them :)
mithrimskulblaka Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
Great work! it's so nice of you to do all this! Especially passing around the lesser known artists! the tutorials are super helpful too as well as the contests! great work!
seven11ART Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:w00t: I cant wait for the next! :dummy: and if your looking for contests im making one :) Its about making mario kart characters in horse form :) [link]
Equinus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome volume again, they keep getting better and better! :love: And thank you for the feature on my comic, eeek! :icongwomp: Tis soooo appreciated! :XD: And thank you for mentioning Ziven too, I think he would really appreciate it, and I know all his family and friends who aren't on dA are looking forward to seeing the collabs and video! :heart:
LittleRedToyota Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
I'm a first timer, reading this article. I'll be sure to read the next too... This was nice reading! :)
Twilight-Veil Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yet another geat article, m'love. :aww:
freeburgfreak Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Nice, except I'd like to point out that most of those pohotographs in "photography corner" are manips.
MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, I wrote "photographers and photo-manipulators" in that bit. :giggle: I can only have up to 50 thumbnails per article, that's why I didn't have a separate section for each. ;)
freeburgfreak Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
Ah fair enough.
TheGreatandMightyOz Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
O mai! I see my arts! :love: Thank you sooo much :hug:
This is an awesome article, these are all wonderful drawings :D
Love4Equines Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
It just gets better and better, keep it up Bori! :D
bootsa81 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like these articles. You pick good features. ^_^
DreamingMyth Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
:heart: thanks for adding my contest hon :)
Lovely article as always!
PaintedJewel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
:omg: You featured my contest? Gah Michelle, I had no idea! Thanks so much, hon!

Haha, and of course--another great issue. I love your choice of Featured Photographer; she's so excellent. :D
hydraequus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is great :lol:
I always read it with pleasure :aww:
kalmanen Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Wonderful feature again, though most of the artists were already known to me :)
onthetown Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool! I've loved reading these so far, can't wait for the next one!
AutumnPendullum Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
This turned awesome again, Michelle! : ) Great job, you are writing about things very good. Collecting the stuffs and how you make an intro for them. : ) Great great great I hope we will read more issues in the future too!
Wrennars Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Student Filmographer
Awesome article, and wow! Those features are stunning! It's pretty amazing how there never seems to be a shortage of artists that need more love even though their arts are fabulous. :D

And thanks so much for that little bit you put in there about the project, it means a lot! I really hope more people will contribute to it.
LanyLan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Yay! I love reading this each month! Keep it up! =D
dennybutt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Student Digital Artist
love the mare and foal pictures :heart: :love:
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I think this issue is my favorite of the first three, Michelle :) You seem to have a good grasp of what to feature and talk about now, and the features aren't too overbearing! Yay!
fizzing-dragon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Student General Artist
I love this dearly and hope it continues.
I do have a horse artist who I think does a lot of great digital work. Some traditional too. :icongrey-kelpie: [link]
A suggestion for one. :D
MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for that, I'll be sure to feature her next time! :D
fizzing-dragon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Student General Artist
SKrieck Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
PurpleJadePrincess Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!How cool!
purpleshadowbooster Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Ooo don't for get about :icondanceswithhorses: There are still poeple going to her page. D:
MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't forgotten her, in fact I still visit her page. It's just that *Winged-Horse's death was more recent.
purpleshadowbooster Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I know.
I love your themed features corner, especially how you have different categories, great idea :) The stock accounts are great as well!
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