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Arabian Elegance
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Published: May 20, 2010
© 2010 - 2019 oceans-inferno
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Note: this work is now available as a custom print. For details, see here: [link]

:w00t: I'm very proud of this. :D It's one of those rare pieces that surpass all expectations, that turn out better than you could have ever thought.
First attempt at photorealism. Basically I took the colors directly from the photo, working closely with the reference. It took about a month, and I'd say 40+ hours total of work. Most of it was just zoomed in 200% with a tiny 10 pixel airbrush, doing those insanely small details. Layer count was relatively low, just 7 layers (all the horse's coloring was done on one layer).
The part which gave me the most trouble would have to be the mane... for some time it just wouldn't come together. But I was on a roll with painting the background, did it all in one go (around 5 hours). That is, once I had finally decided which photo to reference :XD:
It was a very satisfying experience, and I'm quite happy to have gotten this far and have my hard work pay off at last. :dance:
Needless to say, Arabians are one of my favorite horse breeds.

Time: 40+ hours
Layers: 7
Program: Adobe Photoshop Elements
Tools: Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet

Details here: [link]
Animated walkthrough here: [link]

Reference for horse: ~Jello88
Reference for sky: ~AJK-Original-Stock
Image size
1203x1245px 92.83 KB
IMAGE DETAILS
Software
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 Windows
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ChristianCowgirl116's avatar
ChristianCowgirl116|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am blown away....
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oceans-inferno|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it! :)
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JoshuaAllred|Student General Artist
good choice or horse!!!!!!!!!!!!! beautiful
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oceans-inferno|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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Photopathica| General Artist
Hi!
We have chosen your work for our Featured Folder for September!
This piece has been featured here: [link]

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oceans-inferno|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I appreciate the feature. :D
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Photopathica| General Artist
welcome :)
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ooh this is soo pretty. I'd love to have it hanging on my wall
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oceans-inferno|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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your very welcome :D
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Arabs are so beautiful and you captured the look wonderfully!
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oceans-inferno|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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Nalonyda|Student Digital Artist
wow :O this looks so real! You did a great job O.o
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oceans-inferno|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Devynn|Professional Traditional Artist
Hi! I just thought I’d let you know that you have been featured here: [link]
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oceans-inferno|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm honored. :)
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xxxelianat|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing ! ^^
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oceans-inferno|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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xxxelianat|Hobbyist Digital Artist
:d
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:wave: Hello! I'm here to let you know that this deviation has been featured in UnseenArtists Self Pimp-Out Vol. 30! Please be sure to check out the artists featured and :+favlove: the article so that it can reach a greater audience!
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oceans-inferno|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :) Sure will.
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:huggle: You're welcome!
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Cawal| Interface Designer
u are crazy...this art,AWESOME!!!!!i take for fav
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oceans-inferno|Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: Thanks.
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