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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 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!

~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 fee-ji

This young artist has a really colourful and bright gallery, and I can see she’s got plenty of talent! Stop by her gallery – she’s one to watch! :eager:


Even though this talented artist has been a member of dA for a year, her art definitely deserves more faves and views! Her work is beautiful. Be sure to check it out! :la:
:thumb138767893: :thumb137016422: :thumb138386762:

Suggested by Paint-Kiwi

This artist truly deserves a heck of a lot more faves! Her digital art is really lovely, with soft colours and interesting characters. Please take a look at her gallery! :aww:
:thumb135909701::thumb134827777: :thumb135844097:

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


Christine has a beautiful gallery with a good mix of both realistic and stylized works. Her digital art is unique and so full of life! :love:
AT: Silent Flash by WSTopDeckCommission: Sunset Pirouette by WSTopDeck Commission: A Gentle Breeze by WSTopDeck

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


This talented artist has a lovely gallery, varying in both cartoon and realism styles. Her coloured pencil works are amazing, be sure to see for yourself! :#1:
Art Trade: Gullfringe by apollo22 Dance by apollo22APHA: Painting the World by apollo22

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


This amazing photographer has an absolutely stunning gallery, with many beautiful and interesting equine photos. Be sure to check out the rest of her gallery too! :wow:
Love by PaytonAdams1 Drain You by PaytonAdams1 My Gift by PaytonAdams1

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


A truly stunning gallery filled with interesting and flawless photomanips – you’ll spend ages going through this artist’s work! :meow:
summer loving by perfectperfectionawakening by perfectperfection the harder i'll fight by perfectperfection let me go by perfectperfection

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

Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favourite equine artists! This issue, it is :iconaomori: Monika is a very talented artist who has a gorgeous gallery filled with not only horses, but humans and other animals as well. Her style is very distinct, and her use of colour and eye for detail is unparalleled. She has some very unique characters who certainly stand out from the crowd! :la: She’s a very friendly artist, and it’s an absolute pleasure watching her art grow and grow. If you haven’t already devWatched her, what are you waiting for? Go check out her stunning gallery NOW! :eager:
Matter of trust by AomoriCommission - Hymns by Aomori Endless blue - commission by Aomori

:bulletyellow: Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Oh, hello :aww: I'm Monika Kodrzycka and I live in Poland... I've never attended to any Art School, instead of this I already have a certify of hotelier and now I study Economics

:bulletblue: Cool. How long have you been drawing horses for?
My first more serious attempt was about two years ago. But when I was young me and my cousin loved to draw scenes from 'Spirit' (especially this one when he jumped over that big cliff :giggle:)

:bulletpink: Wow, really? Can you tell us why you enjoy drawing them so much?
Their grace and power. Horses can be so wild, it has always fascinated me.

:bulletyellow: Do you have a particular way of drawing horses?
Usually I sketch a base shape of whole body, not separate parts, then I try to fix the proportions if they are wrong.

:bulletblue: Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favourite piece in your gallery is?
Chocolate rainbow by Aomori
From my equine arts I really like how this one turned out. So yummy! :chew:

:bulletpink: Looks amazing!  Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
Karthala reference sheet by Aomori
I have a few, but I'd like to introduce to you my youngest one. Half Solven red mare with daemon blood in her veins - Karthala. As you maybe noticed recently I have a thing about red! :lmao:

:bulletyellow:  She’s awesome! Is there any particular part of equine anatomy that you find difficult to draw?

:bulletblue:  Good to know we all have trouble, then! So what would be your favourite part of drawing?
I love to draw hair of my horses. Lots of hair flowing in the wind...! *3*

:bulletpink: That’s interesting. Is there any particular medium you would like to try?   
Surely I should work more on my traditional skills... once I also tried a sculpture, it was very absorbing and I would like to try myself in it again.

:bulletyellow: You’ve been an inspiration to a number of budding equine artists out there – can you share some tips to those just starting out?
Draw a lot from photos, try to notice and remember the most recognizable parts of horse body. With each drawing you'll be able to notice more and your horses would look more like a horse should look, not like a donkey or deer (I'm telling it from my own experience, check my scraps if you're interested in details :giggle:)

:bulletblue:  Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?
When you do not like the result just try again. And again. And in the end I'd like to excuse you for all the mistakes I probably did in my answers ^^;

Equine Web Comics and Fiction</u>: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!</sub>

Although there are currently only four pages, “Skala Comic” by :iconxxearthtones: is one to watch! I hope she uploads some more pages soon. :D
Skala Comic: Page 1 by xxEarthTones Skala Comic: page 2 by xxEarthTones Skala Comic: 3 by xxEarthTones Skala Comic: 4 by xxEarthTones


This is a new and much-asked for section in Horsin’ Around, so if you have a horse-related story, please drop Crazy-Sparkles a note with a link to your work, and we will feature an excerpt of it here in a future issue! :la:

Themed Features</u>:gallery:

November’s theme: Foal Play.</i>
FoalPlay by thrumyeye Horse Play by Neutron2K  Birthday Collab 2009 by silverglass19

November’s colour: Gold.</i>
Golden Wish by AnnieMsson Horse... by sergey1984 Summer Gold by Falloway

November’s breed: Norwegian Fjord.</i>
Fjord by scarletxdream Norwegian Fjord Horse 0619 by Sooper-Deviant Inga Again by sighthoundlady

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's Eye by Sugargrl14 it was more than he could feel by EsveekaTingeling II by OceanEagle
I just wanted to tell you... by Unknownandfrantic White by Hypnotize69 Arabian Grace by WildFire8


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: Masquerade Ball. Read about it here:…
Closing date: November 11th 2009

Theme: Design an equine character(s). Read about it here:…
Closing Date: November 20th 2009

Theme: Adoptables. Read about it here:…
Closing Date: November 20th 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.
Big Brown Tutorial - Part 1 by Greatalmightyqueen Big Brown Tutorial - Part 2 by Greatalmightyqueen Horse Drawing: Legs by modesty :thumb108294210:


:bulletred: Calling all roleplayers! My friend :iconcrazy-sparkles: has created a new equine RP board:… So if you’re interested read all about it here in here journal:… Have fun! :D

:bulletred: She is also trying to raise money to help pay for surgery for a very special horse, Miles, at her local barn:
Rainy Day Miles by Crazy-Sparkles
If you think you can  help her raise some money, have any ideas for fundraising, or are interested in reading more about this, be sure to read her journal here:… :thanks:

:bulletred: I received a note from :iconrebelshade: who has kindly set up a special memorial fund for :iconwrathofnessis:’s parents who tragically died recently. :rose: If you think you can donate anything, please be sure to read her journal here:…:
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hydraequus Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, can't wait to see more :)
sunsetluvr247 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
More Horsin' Around! This is by far my favorite Equine article on Deviantart. :aww: Very nice features! They are magnificent artists. I should really go look at their galleries! :) I think it is so great that you geature others like this. :hug: And the interviews are really fun to read, too, always with new people. I also love this month's color and breed. ^^
greendragon22 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Hobbyist
These are so great to find horse artists! they must be alot of work.
For your category, love for he underappreciated, you should feature this person. [link] DawnUnicorn. She has amazing ACEO paintings!
seven11ART Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great issue, bori! i cant wait for the literature section!
Horsey-Girl-Higgs Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
I would like to nominate someone for the love for the unapricated section :iconhandstands-for-you: they have terrific art, go check it out! :D
krazyhorse Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope I am not being selfish or anything, but I was wondering if I could be featured?
silverhorse666 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Boribaby, do you think I could be featured in the next volume of this? :)
10flyingunicorns Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O I love the new letters part there, it's really good :D
And YAAAY ~xXNikleXx was featured!! :love:
srawberry-lilla Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Great collection :heart:
Horsey-Girl-Higgs Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
im glad to see that you featured the stock person that i reccomended. I really like this news, keep it up :)
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