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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 know of anyone that you think deserves a feature, let me know and I'll feature them here! 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>


A talented young digital artist, Geor18 has a beautiful gallery filled with equine and fantasy art. Be sure to stop by! :aww:
The Meadow by Geor18Melodies of the Forest by Geor18Dangerous Twilight by Geor18


A lovely little gallery with some really amazing equine works! Take a trip to her gallery and see for yourself. :love:
Full moon by KazibumNight slave by KazibumOld souls by Kazibum

:star::iconsyeiraxx: :star:

A great gallery with beautiful equine art and photomanipulations - a trip to Syeira's page is very worthwhile! :heart:
Wings to Fly by SyeiraxxSplashin' in the Water by SyeiraxxSerene Meadow by Syeiraxx

Featured Digital Equine Artist</u>


An incredible gallery with almost photo-realistic paintings, this is one artist you'll want to check out! She has an amazing comic in the works too, so be sure to take a look at her beautiful gallery. :wow:
Equine Legacy: Hofding 170 by SheWolffAt The Somewhere's End by SheWolffThe Moonbearer by SheWolff

Featured Traditional Equine Artist</u>


This artist has a simply incredible gallery filled with beautiful pictures of horses. She's talented with all forms of traditional mediums - paints, pastels, pencils - you name it! Go see for yourself! :love:
By The Waterfall by ZsofiaGyukerBringing Winter by ZsofiaGyukerSadness In His Eyes by ZsofiaGyuker

Featured Equine Photographer</u>


Beautiful photos capturing the bond between horse and rider await you in this wonderful gallery! Her work is simply amazing. :heart:
In My Hands by jillsahnerLove by jillsahnerWhen I Fall by jillsahner

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

Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favourite equine artists! This issue, it is :iconequinus: She's been a member of dA for three years, and has proven herself to be a shining star in our community, providing us with beautiful artwork and a personality to match. :heart: Her digital art is always a pleasure to look at! If you haven't already done so, be sure to stop by her page to say hello and check out her lovely work. :D
Summer Air by EquinusYou Brighten My Day by EquinusPendrel's Morning Glory by Equinus

:bulletyellow: Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Well thank YOU for interviewing me! Hehe so exciting! Well, my name is Dana, I'm 19 and I live in Johannesburg, South Africa! I'm at student at the moment, don't have a job just yet! Still on the hunt!

:bulletblue: Cool. How long have you been drawing horses for?
Since I was little; my friend had her own pony and her mom ran the stables, so I've been drawing them for years really! And then thanks to Spirit in 2002, I got my butt into the digital side!

:bulletpink: Wow, really? Can you tell us why you enjoy drawing them so much?
I think they're the most graceful and beautiful animals ever, and they're amazing because they have such different personalities too! So I couldn't help but want to draw them! :love:

:bulletyellow: Do you have a particular way of drawing horses?
Well I start off with a good reference photo, and I draw a basic skeleton over it, and from there I create a basic lineart and so on! I have two printed and laminated pictures of the equine skeleton and their muscle anatomy too, just to make sure I understand what I'm drawing too!

:bulletblue: Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favourite piece in your gallery is?
Pleased To Meet You by Equinus
Wow, thats a toughie! I have to admit, I don't have an absolute favourite, it's between "Corinthian" and "Pleased to Meet You". I think I like "Pleased to Meet You" most because it's how I've always imagined my character, Caruso. :aww:

:bulletpink: Looks amazing!  Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
Free To Roam by Equinus
Yes yes! Her name is Travieso, and she is an Anrastiollo mare (a breed I created myself), plus she'll become the lead character in my comic "Calling Home". Anyway, she's a lot like me in many respects, not typically girly, had a tough appearance but loves to be with friends. Her best friend is Caruso, who many think is her mate! But that's Reggie! :XD: She's inquisitive and playful and loves a good run around too, and she loves summer!

:bulletyellow:  That's great. Is there any particular part of equine anatomy that you find difficult to draw?
Ah yes, most definitely ears and hooves! And the rear end too! :giggle: I tend to make my horses look like they have a boulder for a butt!

:bulletblue:  Good to know we all have trouble, then! So what would be your favourite part of drawing?
Probably adding shadows and highlights, working them in by hand before getting out the smudge tool! :XD: And then backgrounds too, I love finding an image to inspire me and then go and create that little world of my own!

: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?
Hehe the best thing to do is to find your own style, and to learn to draw something in a way you're comfortable with! So learn anatomy by simplifying the skeleton into a way you'll remember. And let others inspire you to do something, but never be afraid to try something new!

:bulletblue:  Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?
If there's one thing you should always strive to do, it's to learn how to draw something new in each artwork! Whether it's a butterfly or clouds or water or trees, no matter how much trouble it gives you, it'll always prepare you better for the next time! :D

And never forget to credit someone if you've referenced! Hehe its very good practice and it shows you respect them!

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!

A different, but very unique equine story, "Strife of Khthon" from Domnopalus has good narrative and well-drawn scenes. Here's are a couple of pages from the Prologue:
SoK - Pg 1 Prologue by DomnopalusSoK - Pg 2 Prologue by Domnopalus

Themed Features</u>:gallery:

September's theme: Water.</i>
Beneath by CrickatooSea Horse by JanaitaIn your eyes by hypnocampusSea God by alexandrabirchmore

September's colour: Orange.</i>
Walk away from the sun by ShibiesHorse Spirit by whispersssHilltop CHARGE by lefty59

September's breed: Gypsy Vanner.</i>
Gypsy birdie by AomoriGypsy by pallanophVanner by FallowaySmile For The Camera by whitelightning24

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>

Horse , stay still ::: by frayartHorse by UchooseWhite horse ... by Fares4uaeAnnie by repo
Oasis by altered-humanitywith peace comes freedom.. by devils-horizon


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: Memorial Contest. Read about it here:…
Deadline: September 12th 2009

Theme: Design and name a villian for her book. Read about it here:…
Closing Date: September 31st 2009

Theme: Design a mate for her stallion OC. Read about it here:…
Closing Date: October 31st 2009

Theme: Halloween Costume Competition. Read about it here:…
Closing Date: Octomber 30th 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 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.

Colouring horses by LindaColijnTutorial page 3 by Flaming-SunsetPhotomanipulation Tutorial by MindlessWolfTutorial: horse-unicorn- body by AomoriKiller's Splash tutorial by KillerXdryXIce
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Lakeshells Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Consider some older people too, Swallowheart is amazing, she makes the greatest of manipulations, only 3220 views. Thesepeople have like 16000 :I no offense <3 [link] shes been here 2 years
BrokenHoofbeats Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Student Filmographer
:aww: Awe! I love looking at these articles!! I have an idea for another section!!

"Week's Hottest Equine Couple" :lmao: Idk :shrug: Like, show a picture of a horse couple that is really cute :aww: Like Pierce and Blossom and schtuff :giggle: That'd be a cute little section
Reflectionn Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009   Photographer
Great article. I definitely enjoyed reading it. :D
abosz007 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Student Digital Artist
sorry i had to shout it out :roll:
its simply awesome!!!! i never thought there are SO many great equine artists i dont even know Oo
great themes also :w00t:
RazzinAussi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
yay gypsy vanners!
sunsetluvr247 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
Wow, Michelle, another horsin' around article!? You keep so well updated with them!

I think it is great how you feature certain colors and breeds for each month/issue. :aww:

This is great! I will certainly use the tutorials, they will be VERY helpful! :hug: :glomp:
Deirdre-T Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
Love it!:heart:
Fiverart Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
Great news piece as always Bori - stunning features - just a little thing tho' - I clicked on syeira and they have no art uploaded - you've got artwork up for syeiraxx and the dev link to syeira, just thought you might like to know :aww:
zulou Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have only been on DA for 8th months now and I love horses and I must say I love this article ^^

I draw them a lot :iconiloveyouplz:

this is my best until now ^^
phantomhelena Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Student Photographer
What incredible work!! Thank you for sharing!
Horses101 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
This is really beautiful bori! You are getting better at these! :glomp: I have a beautiful traditional, digital and equine photographer that you could feature. She is =Phantom303 She has an amazing gallery! :wow:
Adrizzle Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
"Well I start off with a good reference photo, and I draw a basic skeleton over it"

...isn't that...tracing...? o__o; Not meaning to blame anyone, I'm just wondering if that was worded wrong or if i'm not comprehending something xD;
And if it is tracing...then i feel a little offended :/ mostly cuz I've worked my ass off to get horse anatomy right, it's always been a challenge for me.
Wild-Hearts Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Student General Artist
this is awsome, again Michelle :)
I love reading these! Its the news papaer of our community (and i'd buy) :giggle: :heart:
kakirose Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
cool, i think i will start reading these more now. these are outstanding bori! :wow:
labradorpup2001 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow these come round so quick. you do a great job on all of these Bori! i can't wait to read the next one. i really love the comic section and the introduction to other artists. its kewl.
Janaita Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
WAAAH this is such an awesome idea Bori!!! you have all my respect :aww:

thank you so much!!
You rawk(I wrote 'rawr' at first lol)! :worship:
Chasigo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
Great article :D (as always)
My friend has a contest going on, could you feature her here? xD
I've sended you a note a while ago :P
If you deleted it I can send you it again if you want?
Eeconyn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
Oh, I'm running a contest for an equine character design - would love it if you could put it under the contests section in the next issue :)
DeeryMe Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great issue Bori! Thankyou so much for putting this together, it must take a while to do! We appreciate it! :)
Equinus Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once again, an awesome article! :love: I'm going to see who I can add to my watch list! :XD: And thank you again for the interview, hehe it was awesome fun to answer your questions! :icongwomp: :aww: :heart:
XenoPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
next time feature my horse deviation? (:




Leadmare Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: The interview with *Equinus was my favorite part :dance:

Well done making these, they are so much fun :iconiloveitplz:
Fates-Broken-Wings Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
I'm going to practice and practice to be good enough to be featured here! :lol: I adore the themes for this month. They're just gorgeous. :love: Another fantastic issue!
whitelightning24 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009   Photographer
ha ha ha, i was wondering why i had so many favs on my gypsy photo :) , thanks for posting it. i really apreciate it, and think it is just wonderfull what you do, it really helps us folks who have a hard time getting noticed, your helping make at least a few dreams come true, even if its in a small kind of way. hugs for Michelle :hug:
BlazesStarGirl Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great issue! when will the next one be out because i would love to have my contest advertised in it but I want people to have enough time after seeing it
Sadhana10 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Whoa! Awesome, very talented artists. ^^
Adrizzle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
ItalySky Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I love this article!!I've been introduced to some really great artists around DA from watching this!!
KwehCat Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Ohh, lots of pretty pictures! Some lesser known newer artists might be a nice addition, like shatterglass-16 or fizzing-dragon, perhaps?
onthetown Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um... The photos you put in the feature section for mayonaise are actually by =somedayx

I'm sure they'll appreciate having their actual photos featured :)
Malcassairo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Thanks for another wonderful issue of Horsin' Around Michelle! :hug:

There are some wonderful artists featured that I've never seen before, so I'll be sure to check their galleries out. :)
altered-humanity Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Nice article! I loved looking through all the deviations featured here. =D

It also explains why I've gotten several faves on an older piece of work. LoL - that had me confused for a bit.
WardensPetHufferFish Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Another great publication!!! 8D
Love4Equines Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Another fantabulous issue, great job! :thumbsup:
Wrennars Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Student Filmographer
Awesome article as usual! :D The features just keep getting better and better, wow!
Thanks for giving me some new deviants to watch. :love:
Syeiraxx Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow! Thank you soo much for the feature Boribaby!!:tighthug: Your article was amazing as always and it is a privilege to be a featured part of it! :heart: I always look forward to this article each month, keep up the amazing work :D
JediSword Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, as always! :love:
SheWolff Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another lovely issue. Thanks to this I'm finding several new galleries to watch. :heart:

Oh, and thanks for the feature hun, it cheered me up. :hug:
PumpkinPrecious Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Great! I love theses articles! It is just what the equine dA community needed.
Jakedau Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Student General Artist
I'd love to be interviewed. ^^
wolffreak92 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009   Digital Artist
Sorry to bother but you said you would feature my contest in this issue^^'
MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry, I've got a lot on my mind. I promise I'll do it in the next one.
wolffreak92 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009   Digital Artist
Its okay^^Thanks!
Twilight-Veil Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I always look forward to these, bori. :love: You are doing a wonderful job.
tweatle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009   General Artist
beautiful work as always michelle!:heart: I EFFIN LOV THISMAGG NNOW!!:dance:moar moar moar! :glomp:
hypnocampus Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Aw thanks Michelle! -snuggles-
Rebelshade Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009 contest has the wrong icon for it. Just to note. Great issue.
MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've totally f*cked this issue up. I'm sorry, I'll re-list it in the next one.
Rebelshade Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
It's okay, hun. I wanted to make sure people didn't get confused. Thank you.
arcadia-the-lich Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome again Bori,I look foward to the next issue ^^
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