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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 greendragon22

A very pretty gallery filled with lots of enchanting traditional paintings of horses, unicorns and other fantasy creatures! :aww: Please stop by to show your support.
ACEO - Moon Shimmer by DawnUnicorn ACEO - Tropical Breeze by DawnUnicorn ACEO - Drawn to Light by DawnUnicorn ACEO - The Blue Jay by DawnUnicorn


Although this talented artist has a couple of popular works in her gallery, the rest of her art deserves more faves too! Be sure to check out her beautiful art. :meow:
Heaven Awaits by equinewoods Blue Skys by equinewoodsstride on by equinewoods

Suggested by Lunar-Rider

Horse racing fans, here's a gallery for you! :D Great action shots, with some beautiful portraits and other photos too. Go see!
Girolamo by Jessie-kadNice t' Meet Ya by Jessie-kad The Queen by Jessie-kad

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


One of dA's finest! :love: Stunning use of colour in every picture – this is one gallery you WON'T want to miss!
U9 by SnowSkadi334 by SnowSkadi U2 by SnowSkadi

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


Stunningly realistic portraits of majestic horses and other beautiful animals await in this talented artist's gallery! :wow:
Out Of The Dark by Utlah 'Harry' by Utlah Archie by Utlah

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


A talented photographer with a wonderful array of beautiful images. Be sure to stop by! :la:
Ready for the show by Colourize Autumn portrait by Colourize Force by Colourize

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


A beautiful gallery, full of stunning and imaginative manipulations. Definitely worth a watch! :wow:
:thumb126570806: :thumb126552798: :thumb126110677:

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

Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favourite equine artists! This issue, it is :iconplaguedog: Kellie has a beautifully unique style, and is widely known for her skilful way of drawing both equine and canine characters. Her art has a lovely watercolour quality to it, despite the fact all her work is digital! Soft colours, delicate lines and gorgeous characters make a trip to her gallery highly worthwhile! Go see for yourself – you won't be disappointed! :la:   
Greyeyes by Plaguedog Storm by Plaguedog Blessing by Plaguedog

:bulletyellow: Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello! I am Kellie! I am 23 and live just outside Chicago, IL with my husband and my two dogs. I'm a web designer and flash animator, but drawing is my life absorbing hobby.

:bulletblue: Cool. How long have you been drawing horses for?
I've been drawing horses as long as I can recall. I remember having pony drawing competitions with my best friend when we were 5 or 6. But it was just about 2 years ago when I began to become serious about wanting to draw them correctly.

:bulletpink: Wow, really? Can you tell us why you enjoy drawing them so much?
Well, I suppose its because it's the closest thing to being around horses for me at this time. I don't get to ride much where I live.

:bulletyellow: Do you have a particular way of drawing horses?
I draw very lightly and use lots of circles, like a tornado that wraps around the shape of a neck or back. Then I go back and connect the edges of my circles, and begin adding other shapes to flesh out areas like the shoulders and flanks. I do a lot of erasing and reforming before I ever make a final line with my pencil.

:bulletblue: Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favourite piece in your gallery is?
This one for sure:
Frog and Colorado by Plaguedog
After I drew this picture I set it aside for months to get other work done and I couldn't get it out of my head! I'm glad I got it done because I loved how soft and aged the coloring came out. Things don't typically turn out exactly how I see it in my head and this one came the closest.

:bulletpink: Looks amazing!  Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
Frog Ref by Plaguedog
This is my OC, Frog. He is the main character of a story I have been working on for a few years, which I hope I can share with everyone here soon. Frog is a sure-footed little mustang with unfaltering curiosity. He wants to know the story behind everything he sees, and everyone he meets.

:bulletyellow:  Awesome! Is there any particular part of equine anatomy that you find difficult to draw?
Hooves. I believe all my drawings are of crippled lame horses based on the sorry excuses for hooves I have given them. :(

:bulletblue:  Good to know we all have trouble, then! So what would be your favourite part of drawing? (eg. Backgrounds, hair, shading etc.)
Hair is absolutely my favorite part! From the feather on their legs to wild wind-tossed manes, I love to draw hair.

:bulletpink: Do you have a favourite breed of horse?

:bulletyellow: Nice! Where do you get your inspiration from?
From nature for sure. I love drawing sweeping mountain scenes, or lush forest settings. There is too much concrete where I am, it makes me want to draw beautiful, wild landscapes.

:bulletblue: You've been an inspiration to a number of budding equine artists out there – can you share some tips to those just starting out?
Never be afraid to use photo references! I look at tons of photos before I touch pencil to paper. It will help you to learn. Don't expect to learn anatomy from other artists drawings and sculptures, if that artist is making a mistake, you may unintentionally learn that mistake as well. There is no substitute for looking at a live model or photos, and practicing like mad!

:bulletpink:  Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?
I'm glad I got to share! The last piece of advice I have is to go out and join a forum or group that critiques the conformation of horses. Learning about conformation flaws really helped me to learn what parts of the horse I was drawing just all wrong!
Thank you! :heart:

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 Summerlin will not be uploaded on dA, it's creator, karzi01 has made a website specifically for it! Click here:… to follow the story! :D


Fiction </u>

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, and she will feature it here! </sub>

Story: A Twist of Fate…
Author: Crazy-Sparkles
Reviewed by: Horsesnhurricanes

Writing Style: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Story Originality: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star-empty:
Character Development: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Storyline/Plot: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star-half:
Attention-Holding: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:

Genres: Equine fiction, racing, domestic horse, romance, rivalry

"Sarah's eloquent and highly descriptive writing style puts a very professional touch on this story. Attention to detail is simply incredible, a level of detail one would expect from a published and famous author, not one of our very own dA equine herd members!

The characters, including the human characters, are remarkably well-developed, and interwoven seamlessly into the storyline. And unlike some stories I've read, the plot is rather realistic, and one can see such events actually occurring - something that everyone who loves horses or horse racing can relate to - making the story hard to stop reading until the end of the chapter. Even as early as Chapter Three, one can truly begin to connect with the characters, and start cheering for the heroes, and holding contempt for the villians.

Sarah's style of writing is unrivaled, and this story sets a new standard for equine fiction on dA. It incorporates elements often seen in many horse stories without relying on any specific element for writing a story, keeping the plot fresh and readable. The style and finesse in the writing puts it above most of the rest, but this is certainly not the first of its kind. However, it is a very good example of the equine fiction genre, and is a total must-read for anyone even remotely interested in seeing what the genre has to offer."

Themed Features</u>:gallery:

November's theme: Foal Play.</i>
:thumb51456332: Three Foals by paintedponygirl :thumb109788354:

November's colour: Gold.</i>
:thumb87158711: Gold by vadalein

November's breed: Norwegian Fjord.</i>
Fjord by ColourizeBaroque by Jullelin Fjord head by TazGold-Equines

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>

Horsie I by AvaInferiDo You Believe? by SuicideBySafetyPin:thumb143676545:
In The Tall Grass by KonikPolskiRun With The Wild Horses by realmistressFantasy play by ForeverCreative


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: Unicorn-Hybrids. Read about it here:…
Closing date: December 1st 2009

VOTES NEEDED for this contest:…
Closing Date: December 1st 2009

Theme: Adoptables. Read about it here:…
Closing Date: December 31st 2009

Theme: Autumn. Read about it here:…
Closing Date: Check with deviant.

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.
Brindles Tutorial by MeelzColour Me Mad by Equinus
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equinewolf Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, amazing art much? Super Awesome newsthingy =D
moonfeather Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Such lovely artwork.
Skymouth Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Just awesome! How does one submit work to here? I have quite a few horse pix in my gallery.
NewAgeStables Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
I'm hosting a contest and am hoping that you could possibly feature it in the next addition.
The information is here: [link]
I'm in need of entries, prize donations, and future voters once the end rolls around. ^^
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great article, as always. I'd like to suggest :icondauntless-gothika: for the underappreciated section.
krazyhorse Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, I think it'd be great if you added an adoptables section ;), where you post available adoptables and their end dates :D
Puuku Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
Love it every time. :D

I would like to suggest a deviant for 'Love for the Unappreciated', :iconhorse-lover95:. She's an amazing girl and is very talented. :aww:

Thank you.
cenTaure-sauvage Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You did a good a work with all those features.
Did you see this contest ? [link]
It's very unusual, and I think it is a great idea that would deserve to be added to your list.
AvaInferi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Great article and artworks! :heart:
Aspi-Galou Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Really like your Horsin'around !
Lunar-Rider Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for featureing my suggestion :hug: u r great.
Colourize Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
Thank you sooo much for the feature!:love: I truly appriciate it!^^
sunsetluvr247 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
Another great and very interesting article! :aww: Great job, Michelle!
beautiful-horses Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is the greatest news article in the world =D
always a new piece of artwork to favorite and new peoples to watch:)
Minimony Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love horses! Your article is amazing, an instant fav from me!
Thanks for the beautiful features and congrats!
silversiryn Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
First off, I'd like to commend you for your work on these articles. You have almost everything an equine artist needs here!

I was just thinking about how hard it is for me (and I'm sure some other less "popular" artists) to find someone to do a trade with. We know that a lot of the more well known artists have so many people wanting to trade with them, so they often get over loaded.

My suggestion is to have a sort of a "Classifieds" section. Artists could let you know if they're doing trades, or have spots left open, and by looking at the classifieds, other artists could fill those spots. I know a ton of equine artists are super busy, but the rest of us might have nothing to do!

You could also put up some artists offering commissions, and requests as well. I hope this doesn't sound stupid.

Thanks Bori!
beautiful-horses Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good idea!
I want to do art trades but im kinda new (sort off) and I dont really have friends in here so when it comes to stuff like that I dont know where to look xD

another thing is to make a group for equus artist that want to do art trades or commissions:)
silversiryn Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
Thanks for the suggestion! I just made the group #Equine-Classifieds if you were still interested in something like that.
silversiryn Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
That's a great idea! Hmm... Must go do something about the wonderful idea...
casca-x Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Wow I think that is a really really good idea! :thumbsup:

It would be great for anyone with open trades, requests, maybe comissions too :nod: Or more like for someone with money looking for an artist to comission :heart:
silversiryn Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Thanks! That's exactly what I thought. I know I always have a hard time finding someone to trade with, etc.
Silver--Moon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
I love your horsin' around boribaby. It's very original and everytime you post a new volume it's always fresh and I really love reading them. Keep it up! :hug:
breannabrebreanna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this article!

May I recommend an artist for your next one? She is not very well known.

Entomologia Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
Great collection! Lots of beautiful pictures, drawings and tutorials.
You've done great job to put them here thogether! :)
kagetora4ever Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
As wonderful as always :love:
I would be really happy if there was a tutorial on hooves in the next issue ^^
freedomheart Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
whoa, awesome ! All featured artist are very very talented :heart:
I get jealous sometimes, though :lmao:
Winzer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Every single issue of this has the most gorgeous artwork featured in it. :heart:
ArtofBekSutton Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohh wow some more great artists to watch and art to fav, thanks Bori
Love4Equines Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
I absolutely adore seeing these issues in my messages! :love: Its such an awesome source of equine art, entertainment, and info. Keep up the great work! :thumbsup:
TazAndMe Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not totally understanding what horsinaround was originaly about, I had just deleted thinking it would just what it came up in an add wich is what happened to me before, just letters and numbers, well i finally lookes. I used to constanlty browse da for artists, and now I dont have to!!!
TazAndMe Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my first time looking at horsin around and its wonderful, this is amazing. ITs like a magazine, its enticing! AND although my gallery is small its oging to expand, a feature might be good
bootsa81 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Good job, as always! Thanks for doing it!
kokamo77 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
:love: Very good job on this! :aww: I love the interview! :)
BrokenHoofbeats Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Student Filmographer
YAY!! I loves :Heart:
MoonyArsaraidh Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh Bori, what a beautifull idea, your horsin around. found many das who i watching :)
Thanks for all your tipps :hug:
Mesteno Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wonderful work with Horsin' around! I enjoy reading it very much. Keep up the great work :heart:
JediSword Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay for equine art! :D Awesome job once again.
Natheyecea Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! I really really like horsin around :love:
Always so great =]

Oh, and may I suggest my own comic for the feature in the next vol. *coughegocough* =D? There's really not many who reads it, and I wanna reach out to the world lol! xD
Well anyways, if you ever would be interested, here's the link: [link] links to the rest of the pages are in the description =3
Queen-of-Randomness Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
:clap: Awesome work as ever! Do you think you'll feature anything HARPG-related anytime soon? :?
DawnUnicorn Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow thank you so very much for featuring my art! Hugely appreciated *hugs* xXx
doberman-momma89 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009   Digital Artist
very cool. I can't wait till the next one.
Plaguedog Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009   Digital Artist
Absolutely wonderful as always, Michelle! You put so much effort into Horsin' Around, I really love reading it. Thank you so much for interviewing me :) I was absolutely flattered! And Your kind words have made my day!

I'm also so happy that you featured a photo by :iconkonikpolski: Her photography blows me away!

:heart: I'm off to go favorite the features! <3 I love finding artists through here!
DiminnocenceDuster Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Atky Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
:thumbsup: Great article as always hon :)
PoeticJustice314 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Great article, as always! :clap:
RedMoonlightHorse Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
OMG this is amazing :) they would be proud to be featured here!
green-ermine Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Student General Artist
Awesome as everytime! :+fav:
LuisaVFM Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING artists here. I love Horsin' Around :love: :D
Douhxa Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
First of all, I love your Horsin' around series!!:love:

And ofcourse I'd love a feature! :flirty:
But I think :iconshyfox: deserves it more!! She's one of my heroes and I'd love it if you could feature her next time!! ^^
MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, but I think you got the username wrong... :XD:
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