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#el-caballo is an equine art group, created to share the finest contributed art with all of DeviantART.
Founded 8 Years ago
Jan 6, 2012


Group Focus
Art Creation

Media Type
Digital Media

275 Members
380 Watchers
22,620 Pageviews
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Featured here are all of our lovely contributing artists of el-caballo!








Hey everyone! Just wanted to let everyone know of some upcoming changes and ask everyone's opinion on what they think should be changed to make this group as good as possible! :dance:

So far, the changes I would like to make are:
:bulletblack: New group icon -- if you have a piece of your own that you would like to be featured in our icon, please let me know, the more the better!
:bulletblack: New folders organized by year to make the development of the art in el-caballo seen

I'd love to hear everyone's opinions and what they'd like to see in 2015 in el-caballo, so please leave a comment! Whether you're a member or a contributor, all your input matters and will be considered!

Thank you everyone for a wonderful year of amazing equine art and another year to come! I wish everyone a safe and happy New Years! :heart:
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Welcome to #el-caballo!

:bulletgreen: Welcome to #el-caballo. :bulletgreen:

We are an elite equine photomanipulation group that showcases the finest equine art in all of DeviantART. Contributors are the ones that submit art to our galleries, and like most other groups, members are basically just watchers with a higher title.

:bulletgreen: Want to be a Contributor? :bulletgreen:

If you are aspiring to be a well-known artist on DeviantART, joining groups always helps. Before you click that 'join' button, please consider the following.

- You must meet our standards. To be accepted as a contributor, your art must display the proper elements of design. Lighting, blending, manes and tails, stock choices, and the overall look of the photomanipulation are always taken into consideration and have a large effect on if you will be accepted into our group or not. You must have at least 5 consistent photomanipulations demonstrating this level of art.

- You must be active on DeviantART. In order to keep our group going, there must be a consistent addition of art, and in order for this, contributors must constantly check their messages to accept art into the group. If you are not active without reason for over 5 months, you are at risk of being removed from the group. If you must be absent for such a large amount of time, please leave a reason by writing a blog or sending a note to the founder.

- You must be fair. When declining a piece of art that has been submitted, you must give reason as to why you are doing so. If you do not state a reason 3 times, you will be removed from the group. Your critique must also be explained properly, and if you be most helpful if you gave the artist tips as to how to fix what you found wrong with their art.

- You are absolutely not allowed to vote on your own work during the piece's submission. If anyone catches you doing it once you will receive a warning. If you are caught twice, you will be removed. This is a simple rule used by nearly every group on dA, and is something you are required to follow no matter what.

- You must always have correct credits. Whether it's in the artist's comments or on the piece itself, you must credit the stock providers properly. If you don't, the piece cannot be submitted into the group.

:bulletgreen: Joining as a Contributor. :bulletgreen:

Contributors are voted on by the other contributors in the group, and similar as to when accepting and declining art, reason must be given when you decline a artist's request to join. Contributors must accept that they will be critiqued when submitting art into the group, and must take the critique respectfully. If you do not respect the critique you are given, there is less of a chance you'll be accepted, and if you're already in the group you stand at risk of being removed from the group.

:bulletgreen: Joining as a Member. :bulletgreen:

As stated earlier, members are mainly watchers with a member title. Unlike contributors, members cannot submit art, and they cannot vote on submitted art either. There is no voting process for members and anyone is free to join as one.

:bulletgreen: Other Rules. :bulletgreen:

Please be fair and considerate of all artists within this group, contributor or member. We're all here to share our art, receive critique, and find others of similar interest and talent, not to bicker about anything. If you are found taking up a private disagreement with anyone in this group, whether it be through art submission or just around the group, you will be removed immediately. Unfair rudeness is not tolerated at all in this group.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact ~CactusisinaBox .
Have a great day! :wave:

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vital-graphics Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you request to become a contributor?
vital-graphics Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nvm!! I figured it out :)
RlPSHANK Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yey~ Thanks for letting me join!
SydsAnchorlessStudio Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would i be advanced enough to join as a contributor?  ^^  Thank you!  Open to all opinions!
Ruanly Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(responding to here and copy/pasting to equimanipulate since you asked both groups)

I personally think you are right on the brink of ready. Your latest, the cute fairy foal, is your closest piece, with only a few technical issues-- a more distinct/shaped shadow, a bit more shading on the horse (like being darker on the underparts) so the subject blends more completely with the background, and a transition between the wings and shoulder, preferably a transition of muscle, and lastly a bit smoother on the highlighting and shading on the body so it isn't quite as line-like. But I will say the manip itself is gorgeous, the style of the wings is beautiful and I love the whimsy of the horse prancing along the branch! The colors are unique and I like the choice of darkness in the scene, so it has a more fairy fantasy in twilight vibe. The background bits are perfect, too, like the mushrooms, though the butterflies are definitely my favorite touch, their powder blue coloring is an amazing balance to the navy tones of the night. This is also your best hair by far, the tail is really good, sharp and clear with the perfect amount of dimension. I'm also a big fan of the markings and how clear but blended they are into the coat! I'm a personal fan of background blurring too so I like that you did that, it also helps increase the idea of this being a tiny little fairy foal instead of a regular-sized one. 

Your previous ones are a bit lower in skill, though not by much, some things I notice is thick hair strands instead of smaller, more detailed ones, especially at the tips. I also would love to see more grounding occurring with full backgrounds and again the direction light, like in Sunlight Gallops the horse would be silhouetted--very, very dark on the side facing the viewer, with the very edges extremely lit up. Bright back-lighting like that is one of the hardest to achieve! They still intimidate me cuz I lose all my detail in the silhouette dark part. x.x The Stroll is another one of my favorites and another one of your bests, it's pretty dang crisp, clear, and the lighting is the most accurate. I notice you do a sort of expanded outline on overlay, and while I do love the effect, I think it'd be far more suited on the horse itself instead of around it as an aura--and if you do add it to the horse, try to make it very narrow and not too prominent, more like a subtle touch. I incorporate a lot of outlines into my art but it took me a while to learn the right level of moderation on it, and nowadays I use solid-colored outlines (instead of on overlay or soft light, for example) with a slightly lowered opacity, a soft brush eraser to make sure it has gentle transitions, and I aim for only a few pixels wide. I apply it either with selection > modify > contract (assuming you use photoshop) and then an eraser or I hand-paint it on using a clipping mask and a soft circular default brush. When I use the soft brush version, I paint outside of the actual horse's body so that only the edge of the soft stroke is appearing on the outline, rather than painting it with the center of the brush on the outline because that is much harder to do and makes a sort of wobbly, harsh effect.

Hopefully this helps and encourages! You are seriously very talented and I see huge improvement from one manip to the next, which is amazing. So many artists plateau for dozens of manips before any progress is made, and I once plateau'd for 2-3 years, which was insanely frustrating. I feel like your constant leaps forward will make you stellar in a short time. So keep practicing and working on it! And be sure to fill your gallery with high-quality, not just 1-2, because we need to see several of the same caliber. The more you make and the more you study tutorials and other peoples' manips, the faster you're gonna get into this group. =D 

In the meantime, there are plenty of groups to join! I don't know which ones you are already a part of, but Equine-Nation is one of the biggest and accepts all horse art. prequimanipulate is another one that accepts all horse art and can be great for improvement. There are hundreds of horse groups but those are the large ones that pop into my head right off the bat.

Feel free to note me anytime! I respond really slowly, but I always will at some point. Best of luck on your continued art journey! You have a Watcher in me! =D
Anerio Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heyy, was wondering if my art would be able to make it into the group? I completely understand if it isn't however! Thank you! :heart:
Ellessy Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello there, 

I think the best thing to do to find this out would be to just submit a contributor request to the group :3
That way several contributors can decide and give you their own ideas/pointers to improve your work.

Should you not make it just yet as a contributor you can always join as a member!

I hope you have a wonderful day, 
Anerio Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh okay, thank you so much! I'll go ahead and submit a request after I upload a few more pieces. Thank you once again :3
Ellessy Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Whenever you feel ready! :3
HevonenStudios Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for accepting my contributor request !! 
CactusisinaBox Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome! Hopefully you enjoy being a member of our group! :D
HevonenStudios Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D just a quick question though- am I able to submit art and if so what folder ? just don't want to break any rules XD 
CactusisinaBox Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely! The 2015 art folder is the featured folder but if you wish to submit art from before that, go right ahead and I'm working on older yearly folders! If you want to submit art to the critique folder that is okay too, and we also have the tutorials folder. :)
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cevourii Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Told you! ;)
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