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A few of the pieces I started and then never finished during the past year or so. These are the ones I really want to get back to and I hope to finish before the year is done. All of these when finished will make great portfolio pieces, so I am really trying to focus on getting them done.

From left to right: 2 sea horses riding a wave in front of the moon, an Arabian horse leaping over a dune ridge at night, a small girl playing with her teddy bear with the ruined city behind her, 2 of my creatures fighting in their natural habitat, still life of iris that will have to be finished from my head, an Akhal-Teke horse that was inspired by one that was a really awesome color.

Feel free to download, view, and then give me critique on any of these. :)

All art *Freha
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I do believe that all of these have definite potential and any one of them would make a lovely portfolio piece if followed to completion. That said I'm going to work clock-wise starting in the upper left:

Watch out for tangents, unless you're doing it intentionally. There are two with the unicorn on the left formed with the moon. I would suggest either moving it over so it is fully within the moon's frame or going the opposite way so it is purposefully breaking the frame rather than flirting with the edge. His wither appears a bit high up and forward compared to how his shoulder suggests it should be. The horse facing us more is nice and dynamic in its movements, though there is some discrepancy between the angle of the chest and the angle of the forelimbs. The right foreleg is more in profile than the chest would suggest, especially in the fetlock, pastern, and hoof area. I know this area gives me undeniable difficulty, especially at odd angles. The left fore looks pretty good until we get down to the hoof, which looks straight-on when it should be turned to its right for a 3/4 view (unless it's toed-out, but most artists try to draw near-perfect conformation and shy away from such things). The body is nicely put together and the hip to stifle seems pretty solid. There is some weakness in the foreshortening of the lower hind leg (though it can be hard to tel at this size). The right hind leg doesn't seem to be set quite where it should be, either angled back too far from where it is positioned or slightly misplaced, even if it is tucking up and to the side as you see some showjumpers do to avoid a rail.

I like the blue and green color scheme and would be interested to see where you go with it.

The next piece is full of energy in its subject and looks like it could be quite a fun piece to work on. Be careful as you build up the hose's shoulder as again, the wither seems a bit further forward. I'm not sure if he (she?) is hitting the top of the dune or if the feet are lifting from the top of the dune. The former seems more likely, but some of the strokes suggests the latter, which is odd considering the horse is behind it. The composition could get a bit tricky in this piece as you have a very strong line of action pushing the viewer to the upper left of the piece through both the dune and the horse's body. Currently the only thing drawing us back is the downward tilt of the horse's head, which might not be strong enough to bring us back around so be careful with that one.

A note for overall equine anatomy (and one tends to see this a lot, actually so you're not alone): Ideally the forearm is longer than the cannon on the front legs. This provides a more efficient stride as well as being more structurally sound. Not to say that no horses have long cannons compared to their forearms, but the ideal is for a longer forearm and a shorter cannon. A most excellent book to bring you beyond simply being anatomically correct, but also conformationally sound is "The Horse Conformation Handbook" by Heather Smith Thomas.

Continuing on to the next piece. I love the action and dynamics of this image. I don't think I have much to say about this one other than keeping tabs on where your shadows are coming from and pushing the shadows in the background and you bring it to a more fully realized state.

The Akhal-Teke is a handsome fellow. I'm not as familiar with the breed, though he seems a little thick and upright through the neck. The right hind leg should be a little more open through the hock considering the angle of the stifle (the hock and stifle joints are actually connected and a horse cannot bend one without bending the other, same for extentions) or a little more closed in the stifle compared to the angle of the hock. I do realize that these are nit-picks and overall, as I said at first, he is quite the handsome fellow.

I really like how this still life is going. The warm brown background suits it, though I'm sure you know that it needs a little something more than a flat-colored back drop. The color scheme appears nicely unified, though I would watch the tangent that appears with the petal that at this size appears to be just touching the frame rather than definitely breaking past it.

In the final piece parts of me wonders if it wouldn't work better if the girl were paying attention to her teddy bear rather than the viewer. Having her stare at us, to me at least, stops the viewer from going deeper into the scene. She's staring at us as if we've intruded and it is hard to get past her face. If she were turned towards her stuffed bear I think it would be easier for the viewer to feel he/she has "permission" to dive deeper into the world that he has stumbled upon.

Hopefully my rambling helps you as you continue to work on these pieces. If you have specific questions about anything I mentioned feel free to ask.
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katarthis Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nice pieces; the girl playing with the teddy reminds me of the Royo "Dolls" both for subject and composition, light and color. (Though certainly not the pose and age of the subject. :) )

It is very nice to see more of these ideas at work, both the feel and flow of your subjects and the line art that goes into them. I always like to thank our "established artists" for sharing these basics, glimpses into the steps of their creation.

en-ni Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
best one is the little girl, just because it's good to see you doing something outside your comfort zone. (jeez, i sound like an effin' art prof ;P)
Freha Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lol That is one that I sketched out for Illustration class. I really liked the idea and I picked it out and started painting it. It is definitely different from my norm, which will make it a great portfolio piece when I get around to finishing it.
Zteif Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Filmographer
God, these are all gorgeous!! Amazing work- can't wait to see some of these done.
Freha Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
I remember the Arab from a while ago :) The teke looks lovely and the iris too...
Freha Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, that is an older one, I keep dragging it along on my to-do list. I like the dynamic pose and would really like to finish it up. lol
meihua Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
They all look great so far, at least in the preview :D
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yay WIPs! :dummy:
pastel Iris?
Freha Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
All of them are digital. :)
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh cool! :D looks like pastels.
Freha Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :) I used the pastel tool in Painter, so that might be why it looks like pastels. ;)
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
could be! ;p
Paganfox Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The top left one actually looks pretty cool the way it is. It looks like they're ghost unicorns.
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