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Horse Portraits

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    pieface123posted 6 years ago

    I am an avid horse lover and have been painting these massive wonderful, big babies. Everytime I get to that it's done point I feel that something is missing in the facial features.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

  2. heart4theword profile image62
    heart4thewordposted 6 years ago

    Maybe do a side view, so there would not be as much facial features to deal with.  Sometimes less is more smile

  3. SweetiePie profile image83
    SweetiePieposted 6 years ago

    Maybe you could share a few hubs on your art work, and people could give you feedback.  Your paintings sound really nice htough.

  4. ddsurfsca profile image74
    ddsurfscaposted 6 years ago

    You must work on the eyes, for if the eyes lack the detail of the animals frame of mind, or if the face lacks the details of the muscles and how they are in a real horse, you will have an almost good picture. My grandpa taught art at UCSB and he told me that hair, and grass must be drawn as it grows, one at a time.  There is no shortcut.

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      pieface123posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks. It is the eyes and mane that I always go back to. Less is more I know, however it never really is finishe dto me. I have another angle that I have had better luck with; that being said, I hang them in my studio and just promise each that I will not touch them again. So far it has worked.

      1. Art 4 Life profile image61
        Art 4 Lifeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I love to draw and paint horses...they arent very good, but I like to do eyes and manes,... I like to do the muscle tone of the body, face and neck.... I wish I could keep my paintings like you do Pieface, but I cant stand them once they are done....I cant keep them where I can see them, ( so I usually give them away, or stuff them in a closet somewhere) or else I'll be taking them and redoing them over and over....I guess I am never satisfied with the way they look.....
        I think that in painting eyes....the more then better, you have to figure  where your light source is coming from, like the sun...at noon, or whatever...you can figure this out by going outside at different times of the day, and see where the light reflects and what the shadows look like at that time, I prefer a 2 o'clock light source myself......place that light in the eye, at the same angle that the your light souce is,  and do it the same for the muscle, mane and fur at the same exact light source...then you have to figure in a shadow of the lid, across the front of the eye at the top....the more you put into it, the more you get out of it....the manes are fun too...but you still have to remember where your light is coming from, like the sun, or whatever, and make allotment for the wind, etc....as long as you accomplish shadows from your light source, you pretty much have it done....I dont know if that is really correct or not, but that is how I learned to do it....it's just going out and looking at the way the sun hits different things and how the shadows are....I dont have any training in art, but as you can tell....I have alot of time on my hands....LOL

  5. candice5 profile image61
    candice5posted 6 years ago

    have you guys had a look at Candice%s Hub on Artist Michelle Kirk, briefly she had her paintings stolen, and then retrieved by Police. She paints really cool Horses  etc. She is donating her money to Charity, take a look at the feed back and bids on Trademe