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A Horse's Hidden Power by elektroyu A Horse's Hidden Power by elektroyu
My January submission for #pARTy-challenge. This took longer than I originally wanted, but the painting kind of had it's own agenda apparently. Nevertheless, I learned a lot by painting this.
I had to take a photo and edit the colors, but they still look a little strange. Maybe I'll tweak them again in a few days.

Acrylic on 24 x 30 cm hdf board.

Ref: [link] by ~Breathless-dk
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Finnisterre Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, if I could :+fav: this more than once, I would. You've captured his stance and expression so well, and I particularly like the swirling dust-like patterns in the background. His anatomy is spot-on and you've done a great job capturing the colours in his coat. This is a really great painting! :D
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for your nice words! :hug:
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ostojamitric Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Fantastic artwork!!
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice work! I love the muted colors in this. :aww:
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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theOvercoat Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Gorgeous! Love the colours and the cold highlights. Also amazing work with the acrylics <3
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :) :)
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Skyla-snow Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Amazing...I love how you made the fur shine, and the anatomy is almost perfect! You should be very proud of this. :#1:
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D The anatomy gave me some troubles and I corrected it a few times during the painting process. I tend to have troubles sizing heads on horses in such poses, they always look too small to me.
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Skyla-snow Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Oh my gosh, same here! Whenever I sketch, I usually start with the head, and then move on to the body. Then I back up and look at my drawing, I realize I drew the head way too big! :oops: So I got to go back and make it smaller. =P But hey, the first step to correcting your mistakes is realizing you have them! And by the way, your art is absolutly STUNNING! So don't worry about it.
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
Sehr cool *_* Hast du dir auch ne Challenge gesucht!
Ich find die Farben sehen schön aus, mich haben bloß die hellen Stellen ein bissl irritiert (was ja eigentlich eher Schwarz ist auf dem Foto), also ich weiß nicht ob du weißt was ich meine, ich kann mich gerad schlecht ausdrücken D:
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ja XD Obwohl das mehr Zufall war, aber ich dachte, es kann nur helfen!
Meinst du die Glanzstellen auf dem dunkleren Fell? Die sind vielleicht ein bisschen sehr hell geworden, das hat meine Mutter auch schon gesagt.
Meine Eltern findens auch beide komisch, dass ich das dunkel auf dunkel gemalt hab. Das war zwar irgendwie auch mein Plan dabei, aber etwas mehr Kontrast hätte vielleicht auch nicht geschadet. Da muss ich wohl noch bissl rumprobieren. xD
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Oh, wow. That is beautiful. It has that classic oil portrait air about it, and yet it's acrylic... I could never get a handle on acrylics to get them to produce results like this!
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, I'm really happy you like it! So shortly after I finished it I'm not sure how much I like it yet. It's a strange thing. :XD:
I think much of it may be the dry- brush technique, which can produce good results if I'm careful with it, but it's really hard on the brushes (and I'm mostly using synthetic ones).
I'm reluctant to use oils because it's such a huge mess and smelly as w/hell, but blending colors can be much easier with it. I'm thinking of trying water- soluble oils, but I'm not sure how fast those dry. It'd be pretty pointless if they dried as fast as acrylics do. :lol:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I actually use watersoluble oils (W&N Artisan) exclusively... and I can't recommend them enough!! They do not dry as fast as acrylics, I can tell you that. They are about the same as traditional oils, in terms of drying time. But you can buy Artisan mediums as well, to add to the paint, if you would like to slow down or speed up the drying time.
I don't actually add water to mine - I just take advantage of the fact that I can clean my brushes with water and washing-up liquid. Not having to use solvent does mean less smell - I use Liquin or other mediums instead of water, so there is a slight oily smell, but nothing like turps!! That stuff gives me a headache!
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohhhh, that sounds reaaally good! I'll definitely try it then, as soon as I have some extra cash for it! Thanks so much for this info! :D I would've tried blindly the last time I went to the art store, but they didn't have any artist's watersoluble oils at the time, and I didn't want to bother with cheap stuff.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Yes, do it! I predict you'll enjoy them :)
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a feeling you're right on that! Totally looking forward to it already. :D
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