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Looking at horses pt. 1 by Zarac Looking at horses pt. 1 by Zarac
This is not really a tutorial, it's an insight on maybe how I work, and to ENCURAGE PEOPLE TO DRAW FROM IMAGINATION AND NOT FEEL STUCK WITH USING A REF WHEN DOING REALISTIC HORSES

So we start from the beginning, looking at horses, to understand them, their movement, muscles, body and colours. I see horses everyday, but not everybody does.
YOU MUST TAKE THE TIME TO SIT BACK AND REALLY THINK ABOUT HOW THEY ARE BUILT
Without the skeletton or muscles horses would not excist, and they matter a lot how you should draw a horse, so here we start.

All horses has the same muscles and bones (except arabians that has an extra pair of ribs, they are awful I know), so you know how they work you'll get movement soon. I think back on the skelleton when doing the guiedlines to get proper anatomy, and on the muscles when "forming" the horse when colouring. But we'll get to that, know, just take some time looking at horses. There are alot of good pictures on google at the horse skelleton and muscles, mine are very rough, but then again some details are irrelevant when getting some skin and fat on it ;)

I did this because it's fun
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SweetSerenade Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That key comment on that not every bone is covered by muscle WAS SO DAMN HELPFUL THANKYOU! AND thanks for showing which ones you're talking about! -squish hug-
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Sivatherium07 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! very nice. the proportions are very well thought out.
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perhapsgingersnaps Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
extremely useful! Thank you!
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mapal Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I just say a HUGE THANK YOU because after looking at this I drew the best goddamn draft horse I've ever drawn :heart: thank you ^^
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Zarac Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome! I'm glad it could be of any help. Almost forgot it, need to do the other parts too (=
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mapal Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Other parts would be great ^^ While I'm a seasoned horse artist, I struggle to draw without reference, which just isn't useful. This is a big jump in my learning to draw freely =)
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Bagini Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist
Anatomi, min ärkefiende D:
Det här påminner mig om att jag verkligen borde försöka göra mer studier, speciellt när det gäller muskler och bakben, hals och, hm, allt annat. I och för sig brukar alla mina försök urarta i förvrängda seriehästar i slutändan... Men, men, någon gång kanske jag kan få till det :P
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Zarac Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
jaa, do it xD
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's really great!

I rarely use references, though sometimes I'm simply stuck and cannot think of a pose to draw from mind, then I'll search for some horse photos to help me come up with a pose, but even then, I rarely stick to drawing just from one photo. I also use refs when I'm trying an entirely new angle, but even then, I usually add my own twist. I just don't like to literally draw photos.

I also made my own skeleton and muscle studies a while back and I can say that it definitely helped me a lot, especially on the legs (which are the parts that I still struggle with the most...).
So yeah, this is really great, I'm glad you're encouraging people to draw from imagination. I don't mind artists using refs for hard poses, but using a ref for EVERY SINGLE pose and angle, it starts to annoy me a little.

Still, there's no better way to break that habit than to study horses in real life and do your own studies :)
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Zarac Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, many use photos to get anatomy right or like, "pose-block" I do too sometimes. But I mean when you see a really amazing realistic drawing, and like "waaait... I saw this picture some while ago" and the drawing is a pure rip off on the picture. That is boring, cuz for me that is not art. Almost everyone could pull a really awesome realistic horse of if they litteraly copied the photo. But still these artists get... lift up, though noone will know If they actually got any talent cause they never do their own work. xD Won't say any names 'cause I don't wanna upset people.
Any yes, the best studies you do yourself... but like I said, not everyone get to see horses every day, so then you robaby need to take more time really thinking about how a horse looks xD
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