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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>

Suggested by casca-x</i>

A really beautiful gallery awaits you when you visit this talented traditional artist’s gallery! Her pencil works are just a joy to look at. :love:
Just For Us by PolarisAstrumAfraid Of The Light by PolarisAstrum Breeze Whispers by PolarisAstrum

Suggested by Horses101</i>

A talented artist, with everything from lovely horse photos to drawings; a visit to her page is very worthwhile! :nod:
Blu's Flame by Phantom303Elegant by Phantom303Silver Gaze by Phantom303


Beautiful traditional paintings and drawings of horses fill this wonderful gallery. Be sure to stop by! :wow:

Featured Digital Equine Artist</u>


This artist has a small, but amazing gallery! Her equine art is just out of this world! :eyepopping:
White unicorn by Igriel002_love by Igriel005_seeking solace by Igriel

Featured Traditional Equine Artist</u>


It’s hard to believe that these pictures were made by hand! :wow: They look almost photo-realistic. A very talented artist indeed!
Freedom by JulyartWout V by Julyartandalusian by Julyart

Featured Equine Photographer</u>


Beautiful, beautiful photos of stunning horses await you in this gorgeous gallery! You’ll be amazed! :faint:
Light by vadaleinJacinta af Stenvad by vadaleinSiebe Detail by vadalein

Featured Equine Photomanipulator</u>


Seamlessly blending equine stock images with creative backgrounds, this talented artist has a good eye for piecing images together! :D
with peace comes freedom.. by devils-horizonmemories of swan lake.. by devils-horizongreet the dawn.. by devils-horizon

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

Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favourite equine artists! This issue, it is :iconmichellewalker: (Since many people have asked me to do the interview, I thought I might as well do it! :lol: ) I have been a member of dA for just over four years, and I still can’t believe how far I’ve come since I first joined! :giggle: My door is always open to those who need advice or help, and it’s a pleasure being a part of such a wonderful community. You’ve supported me in so many ways, and I feel grateful to be able to share my art with such a wonderful network of people! If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be where I am today. :meow:
Morning Glory by MichelleWalkerMariposa by MichelleWalkerSpread Your Wings And Soar by MichelleWalker

:bulletyellow: Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Lol, this feels weird interviewing myself! :XD: Well, my name is Michelle, I’m 26 years old and I live in Scotland. I work as a Healthcare Advisor.

:bulletblue: Cool. How long have you been drawing horses for?
Gosh, not very long at all – only about 3 years! I started drawing them in ‘06 after watching the Dreamworks animation, “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”. I’m sure you’ve all heard of it or seen it! :giggle: I fell in love with the film, and started drawing from screenshots, and my work has progressed from there. :meow:

:bulletpink: Wow, really? Can you tell us why you enjoy drawing them so much?
They’re just so majestic – I love the challenge of trying to capture the beauty, movement and power of the horse in my drawings. And of course, dA is full of interesting and fun equine OC’s that are just begging to be drawn! :lmao:  

:bulletyellow: Do you have a particular way of drawing horses?
I sketch out very light and basic circles first (big circle for the belly, smaller circles for the head, even smaller ones for the leg points etc.) and go from there.

:bulletblue: Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favourite piece in your gallery is?
World Of Our Own by MichelleWalker
I have to say, it’s this one! I just love it to bits. :heart:

:bulletpink: Looks amazing!  Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
The Papillios by MichelleWalker
Yup! I have several, actually! But my main one is Aerynne, and she has been my OC for about two years now. She has a lot of “me” in her – her green hair and Celtic heart represent my Irish heritage, her bangles for my love of jewellery, and of course, everyone knows I just adore butterflies! :giggle: So all this was put into her design.

:bulletyellow:  That’s great. Is there any particular part of equine anatomy that you find difficult to draw?
Hooves, hooves, hooves! :shakefist: I try and avoid them whenever I can, which is silly because I’ll never master them if I don’t practise!

:bulletblue:  Good to know we all have trouble, then! So what would be your favourite part of drawing?
I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but it would probably be backgrounds! I used to hate them with a passion. But now I find that taking the time and adding in those extra little details really help complete your artwork, and helps create your own little story for the picture. :aww: I also enjoy shading, and bringing a character to “life” by giving them personalities.

: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?
I’m always extremely flattered when people ask ME for tips and advice, because I can remember the early days when I was just starting out and I wish I knew how to draw horses! Biggest tip I give to you is keep practicing – you may feel like you’re getting nowhere, but with each and every upload, you’ll find yourself doing something different (even if it’s just something small) and within time, you’ll notice a huge improvement! Take a look back at a pic you did a year ago, and I’ll eat my hat if you think you haven’t improved! ;) Also, don’t be afraid of using photos for references – I do, and there is no shame in it. It takes a very long time to learn equine anatomy, and I’m still learning! Look at photos of real horses, rather than screenshots from Spirit or horse models – you’ll find you’ll learn a whole lot more from the real thing.

:bulletblue:  Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?
Gosh, yes – be patient! I’ve lost count of the number of people who come to my page and say they “wish they were as good as me”. :giggle: Trust me, I didn’t start out good! I started from the bottom, and kept on drawing horses until I got to the level I’m at today. To all new digital artists; buying Photoshop doesn’t automatically mean you’ll get good overnight either – you still have to put in the hard work! If you’re passionate about the subject you’re drawing, it will show in your art. Put your heart into your work. :heart: And most importantly: never give up! :hug:

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!

Recently re-styled and updated, the gorgeous and popular comic “Everlee” by :iconsilverglass19: is one to watch! Check out the two beautiful new pages. :meow:
Everlee - Page 01 - NEW - by silverglass19Everlee - Page 02 - NEW - by silverglass19

Themed Features</u>:gallery:

September’s theme: Water.</i>
Water play by MalinJWings of the Dawn by TheGreatandMightyOzKick the Water by Stamborg

September’s colour: Orange.</i>
Autumn Portrait by ComacoldFire Mare by killskerryGolden autumn by Kivuli

September’s breed: Gypsy Vanner.</i>
gypsy vanner by paula2206gypsy vanner - commission by billygoatsgruff

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 by flemmensHorses by hofhauserA Horse by imp440
Horses II by 54kaHappy Birthday Carol by Born-from-painMorning by Krhimzohn


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 Belleforte character. Read about it here:…
Closing Date: September 30th 2009

Theme: Carnivorous Unicorns. Read about it here:…
Closing Date: September 21st 2009

Theme: Halloween Costume Competition. Read about it here:…
Closing Date: Octomber 30th 2009

Theme: Design a mate for her stallion. Read about it here:…
Closing Date: December 25th 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 - Lesson 1 by spirit-of-the-fireBeginners Horse Painting Tut. by Ethereal-ity Horse Tutorial by Jullelin Coloured Pencil Tutorial by scenceable
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FreisianGal Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
thx for your advice. ;) My mom has photoshop but my stupid computer won't read it and I'm pissed about that.
tweatle Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009   General Artist

lol :icontardglompplz:
hows life goin my friend??
Emotionless-animal Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
You want a seriously under-appreciated member? [link] I am simply in an awe over her photos, but for being on for three years, i think she deserves more faves and pageviews :)
KilCillian Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Love4Equines Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
:worship: awesome! :worship:
XxThatGirlXx Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this article i read it everytime a new one comes out:) keep up the good work!
labradorpup2001 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
yay boribaby! i'm glad you're keeping this up. these are great to read and its brilliant to hear of other horse artists. i hope that one day i can be as great as them.
GloomWriter Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist
Gorgeous features! :heart:
kakirose Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, you must have had fun interviewing yourself
Phantom303 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
Thank you so much for the feature! :hug:
mk-thommo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Some excellent work in here, the real reason for looking is that I've just released some horse stuff. In particular a couple of shots of a working shire horse and also a hot of 2 girls/ponies in a river. Hope you check them out.
sunsetluvr247 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
Yay! I have been waiting for this since the last issue! I love all the art you feature! :hug: Great job. I thought it was so funny that you interviewed your self. :giggle:

Every time another issue comes out, I watch another person! :) Thanks so much for a great news article!
vadalein Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for the feature :) :hug:
PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, thank you so much Michelle! :heart:
blackpinkgoldfish Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
OMG! You live in Scotland :meow: Me too!

:heart: It is the coolest place ever!
devils-horizon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thank kindly you for the feature =)
devils-horizon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
grr... i obviously still have plane brain, i meant; thank you kindly for the feature <3
wolftalon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
HAHAHAHA!!!! i'm sorry, but i just read that 'thank kindly you' and burst out laughing! i love those moments, especially when you go back, and you're like, 'ummm...what was WRONG with me?!' haha!

like today, on a quiz, instead of writing 'supreme court' my friend wrote...'supreme nachos'!! and she didn't evem realize it until we graded, and she was like '...nachos? umm...what?'

hehe, you just totally made my day!
wolftalon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
*didn't EVEN
Twilight-Veil Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
0-Mooncry-0 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This s such a very interesting volume as always!:D
thanks a lot for the tips!;)
it helped a lot!
ray-ch Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You interviewed yourself! Was very interesting to read! Love the article as always :heart:
whirl-wind Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha that interview is great. I love how you basically called your own favourite image 'Amazing!' :giggle:

Lovely feature as always!
LittleRedToyota Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
I love these articles! :) I always find some new artists to fave and watch! Thanks a lot!
NightimeMare Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
I love these articles! :heart: It's great when an art piece catches your eye and you find a new person to watch!
FlareAndIcicle Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh, I should've started reading these ages ago! :love:
harlequin-wondercat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Another great issue :love:, I get a big smile on my face when I see this in my inbox :D.
Equinus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yet again, another awesome article! *haha I likes my alliterations this morning!* I'm so glad you featured ~vadalein cus I adore her photos (the middle one you featured in my phone's wallpaper!) :love: And I loved ur interview with urself! :giggle: Some very wise words spoken there! :XD: Thanks for a great article Michelle! I was excited for this one, now I'm excited for the next one! :excited: :icongwomp:
Featherwolf-Pluma Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Nyaaa you forgot to include your own contest under "Contests" :giggle:
kalmanen Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Good article once again :)

I think many have problems with hooves o_O
To me it helped to think hooves as three dimensional objects. When drawing them, I sketch the leg first properly and when coming to the hoof, I have the basic triangle for it (only to show the direction) and start by doing a circle in the upper part of the hoof (I have no idea what it is in english but you know, the base of the forelock?) and then drawing the hoof to it.
You can draw another circle to the hooves other end and they works as the hoof, going behind the leg and helping with the position and getting it look more natural.
Track123Star Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Maybe when I get better I'll be featured :bounce:
JeweledFaith Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009   Photographer
oh man this is so cool all the fACTS About you. Say I would love to fill in for an interveiw. And I always look forward to the Photography section
SheezaPirateHorse Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Eeeee I love this news article!! Im always looking forward to the newest article coming out :D :D
Rebelshade Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Thanks for the contest feature!
horseluvva4ever Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow! Thanks for putting my contest up! I didn't know it was gonna be up xDD Like a late bday present
BrokenHoofbeats Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Student Filmographer
Amazing!! Lol, have you seen my hooves? They suck, I totally feel ya!
Rhaxx Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Student Digital Artist
:love:Horsin' around is great! How many issues do you post per month?
:heart:Love it anyways.... keep up the great work! :dance:
silverglass19 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009   Digital Artist
:excited: Thanks for featuring me!!
Fyresteed Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, look at all the brilliant art. :D I'm amused now.
Horseleader Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
wow great read :D love it and those artist! i do have one artist to recommend she draw too much at school she dose nothing but draw XD it is like her life her name is Holly ~Sukkaxo some pics by her [link] [link] [link] i hope ki did the links right

it would be great for u to feature her!
Leedlpuff Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
I hate hooves :XD:
HorseLuver22 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
I suggest :iconhorsebackrider22: for the next issue :D shes mah sister and is FREAKY AWESOME :giggle:
nikkilly Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009   Digital Artist
I suggest :icondakareegurl: for the next issue in Digital Art, her arts so epic :faint:
Paint-Kiwi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Soooooo Very much agree! :faint:
nikkilly Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009   Digital Artist
Paint-Kiwi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Horsehuggingdragon Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
ooh, thanks so much for doing these Horsin' Around issues :giggle: It's awesome to see more equine artists! :love: You do a fabulous job! (:
casca-x Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Thanks for including my suggestion! :dance:
Sceneable's tutorial was really useful :)
Anytime you need some more suggestions, especially for Underappreciated, I'm just a click away!:heart:
xanadu125 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
just as awesome as ever Bori!! :love:

hehe, it was so funny to read you interviewing yourself! :D
JediSword Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*loves* :love: I especially like the pieces you chose for 'orange' =)
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