Hello everyone, and welcome to Horsin Around, a bi-monthly article that brings you the latest news in and around the dA Equine Community! Id be grateful if you could give me feedback on what you think of it, and if you have any suggestions for future issues, Id love to hear them. If you think that you, or anyone else you know, deserves a feature, let me know and Ill feature them here! I hope you enjoy this issue, and thanks for reading!
Love for the Underappreciated</u>
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. </i>
Suggested by ~fee-ji
This young artist has a really colourful and bright gallery, and I can see shes got plenty of talent! Stop by her gallery shes one to watch!
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!
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!
Featured Digital Equine Artist</u>
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!
Featured Traditional Equine Artist</u>
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!
Featured Equine Photographer</u>
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!
Featured Equine Photomanipulator</u>
A truly stunning gallery filled with interesting and flawless photomanips youll spend ages going through this artists work!
An Interview With... </u>
Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favourite equine artists! This issue, it is 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! Shes a very friendly artist, and its an absolute pleasure watching her art grow and grow. If you havent already devWatched her, what are you waiting for? Go check out her stunning gallery NOW!
Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Oh, hello 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
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 )
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.
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.
Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favourite piece in your gallery is?
From my equine arts I really like how this one turned out. So yummy!
Looks amazing! Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
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!
Shes awesome! Is there any particular part of equine anatomy that you find difficult to draw?
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*
Thats 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.
Youve 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 )
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>
There are many wonderful horse-related comics and fanfiction around dA, so if you have one, please let me know and Ill feature it here!</sub>
Although there are currently only four pages, Skala Comic by is one to watch! I hope she uploads some more pages soon.
COMING SOON: EQUINE FICTION
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!
Novembers theme: Foal Play.</i>
Novembers colour: Gold.</i>
Novembers breed: Norwegian Fjord.</i>
Showcasing some of the finest and most majestic images of equines from talented photographers and photo-manipulators around the world.</sub>
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: [link]
Closing date: November 11th 2009
Theme: Design an equine character(s). Read about it here: [link]
Closing Date: November 20th 2009
Theme: Adoptables. Read about it here: [link]
Closing Date: November 20th 2009
In this section you will find links to horse stock accounts and helpful tutorials.
Having trouble with a difficult pose? Stuck on how to draw from a certain perspective? Dont 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 artists rules, and always remember to link back and credit the photo you use.
Need help with drawing manes and tails? Cant figure out how to colour in photoshop? Unsure how to shade? Then look no further! Heres a collection of helpful tutorials for you to look at.
Calling all roleplayers! My friend has created a new equine RP board: [link] So if youre interested read all about it here in here journal: [link] Have fun!
She is also trying to raise money to help pay for surgery for a very special horse, Miles, at her local barn:
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: [link]
I received a note from who has kindly set up a special memorial fund for s parents who tragically died recently. If you think you can donate anything, please be sure to read her journal here: [link]: