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Arabian Elegance by oceans-inferno Arabian Elegance by 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
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:iconchristiancowgirl116:
ChristianCowgirl116 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am blown away....
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it! :)
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JoshuaAllred Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
good choice or horse!!!!!!!!!!!!! beautiful
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   General Artist
Hi!
We have chosen your work for our Featured Folder for September!
This piece has been featured here: [link]

On behalf of:
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I appreciate the feature. :D
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:iconphotopathica:
Photopathica Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   General Artist
welcome :)
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ANIMALGIRL1869 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
ooh this is soo pretty. I'd love to have it hanging on my wall
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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ANIMALGIRL1869 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
your very welcome :D
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Blonde-Jedi Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Arabs are so beautiful and you captured the look wonderfully!
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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:iconnalonyda:
Nalonyda Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow :O this looks so real! You did a great job O.o
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Devynn Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi! I just thought I’d let you know that you have been featured here: [link]
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm honored. :)
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xxxelianat Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing ! ^^
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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xxxelianat Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:d
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Nyiana-sama Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
: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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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :) Sure will.
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Nyiana-sama Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
:huggle: You're welcome!
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Cawal Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010   Interface Designer
u are crazy...this art,AWESOME!!!!!i take for fav
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: Thanks.
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chrissybob777 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning! Amazing job! :heart:
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :bow:
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chrissybob777 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome :D
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NorthOne Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Congratulations on a great piece!
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Great work, especially on the nose :)
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowza! This is absolutely amazing!
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Tigra1988 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the colouring and the shading is awesome...

but i think the face looks to long, because the eye is too high o.
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
Yeah, it's a bit off. There's always room to improve.
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JanaW Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010   Digital Artist
looks awesomely real. fantastic job!
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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SilverFlameWanderer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks very nice! I like the subtle colors in the background. The shading on the Arab is soft, but you still have a lot of depth so he doesn't look flat. Nice work :)
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oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D I tried to get a soft yet realistic feel in the shading, so it would have depth despite not having abrupt changes in contrast.
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caper-dj Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Canada Day! Your beautiful artwork has been featured with fellow Canadians here: [link]

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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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caper-dj Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :hug:
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Moonglow-08 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Student General Artist
This is amazing! :D If you are taking requests or trades I would absolutely ADORE it if you could draw my mini horse Blue (he looks like a mini black arabian!)
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
I'm not taking requests or trades though.
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clio00hikaru Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
You are the MASTER of horsedrawing!!!!!!
it's extraordinarily beautiful and realistic!
I guess the mane can be pretty hard if you want it to fly in the wind...
zooming in and paint details...haven't done that in a long time...when was the last time I zoomed in...3 month ago?!!!!
PLEASE TEACH ME HOW TO USE AIRBRUSH LIKE YOU DID IN THIS DRAWING!!!!
40+hours...I am on my knees now...
DETAILS ON THE muzzle is...spell bounding!
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm very flattered! :D Thanks a lot for the praise, I appreciate your words.
Zooming in a lot for the details really helps give it that realistic feel. :nod:
As for using the airbrush...just try to match the photo closely, and use colors from your reference.
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caper-dj Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap, that is absolutely amazing :wow: I mean...what did you use? Photoshop? special brushes? Tutorials? I have to say this is the most remarkable improvement I have ever seen on dA :wow: Very impressive :clap:
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:iconoceans-inferno:
oceans-inferno Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:bow: Thank you for the great comment, Grizz, I really enjoyed reading it. :D
I used Photoshop as usual, and no special brushes...just a small airbrush, a large zoom, and a ton of patience. No tutorials either. Often while painting this, I pressed the alt key to quickly grab colors from the ref photo using the eyedropper and without major interruption to the drawing. It really came in handy.
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:iconcaper-dj:
caper-dj Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...I'm even more amazed. Usually when something is so incredibly texturized, it is because of a special brush. Be very proud of this one! :w00t:
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oceans-inferno Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D I sure am! :w00t:
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