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Cloak of Stars

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Published: November 16, 2012
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So...this horse doesn't exactly exist. Yet. It's Poe all over again XD, but with a few key differences.

Namely: I haven't confirmed this horse's parents, I know only a bit of the personality and so far haven't decided on a name. Or gender - but I'm leaning towards Stallion. Vote in the poll on my profile if you have strong opinions either way :D.

So I'm sorting out the breeding at the minute. The stud is a pretty sure bet now, providing his owner approves of the chosen mare, but I still have to confirm the Dam. That aside, help with this one would be great! Personalities usually come to me as I write and draw my horses, so I'm not too worried about that, but I'm really, really having an issue with names.

For me, a Friesian has to have a unique, almost fantasy-esque name, usually spelled strangely, and In the back of my mind I can see the perfect name in a sort of thick mist, but don't know what it is. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated :)

Names along the lines I've been thinking are: Avalon, Adalynne, Bagheera, Valkyrie, Alkhana, Alerio/Alario...

I'm trying to steer away from recogniseable Greek/Roman/Latin names (ie, Gods) and for some reason I've been going for names starting with A - but if you have any unique suggestions - I'd love to hear them!

EDIT: I just found this, which works nicely as the real-life counterpart :D -> [link]




That said - this painting itself was just some fun. At least that's how it started. It was going to be a speed paint with a fairly basic/cartoon style - the lines were actually more gesture sketch than lines - and then my perfectionism kicked in and this happened.

The girl is in her late teens, and other than that she likes dressing in vagely 'gypsy' style clothing, I don't know much about her. I figure she's not an actual gypsy because her tack is pretty fancy XD.

Material info: The shirt is a light cotton and synthetic blend, so its got a smoother/shinier texture while still being durable. The neckline is elasticated, the shirt generally form-fitting with loose pirate 3/4 sleeves; the remainer of them are fitted to strap beneath the gloves. The gloves are brushed leather, archers guards - they cover the middle and fourth fingers for drawing a bow but also work for riding. The corset is steel boned with silk covering and laces up in the back. The skirt is two layers with a cotton petticoat beneath. The darker top layer is made from pure cotton (keeping it heavy for riding purposes) while the lower layer is a cotton-poly blend, to make it a bit lighter.

Overall - considering I can't even remember the last time I drew a Friesian, and definitely the first time I've attempted one digitally - I really like this. The background was speedy, but I did have fun with the stars, and I had a lot of fun drawing the feathers. That mane and tail just about killed me! I had no idea how to do it, so much of it was a guessing game, but I'm happy now its done ^^. I really like the girl's hair, too... The bits that I'm a little annoyed with are the front legs - something just looks off, somehow - and the shading on the lower half of the skirt. It looks stiff, I think.

Stopping now :D

Taken several hours over the last few days, working here and there.
As usual, no refs at all - hence some of the issues with pose and shading :p
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amazing i just fell a love with this pic. you did an amazing job :D
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Tattered-DreamsHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much :) Even now I still have a fondness for it ^^
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sprite-lightHobbyist General Artist
This is so amazing you did a fantastic job on the horse it's like perfect and the human is perfect and I love her dress so much :heart: you are an amazing artist and I'm so happy to be one of your watchers :D
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Tattered-DreamsHobbyist Digital Artist
Yikes; thank you so much for the kind words :)

But I have to say, the horse isn't perfect, even if I do like the finished piece (and I love Laila's dress, too). There are artists far more amazing than me, and I still have a ways to go, but I'm glad you like watching my stuff :)
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sprite-lightHobbyist General Artist
No worries :)

To me it is haha :) I really want you to design a dress for my main character but I don't know if you will or not. I will always support your art during your journey :D
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Tattered-DreamsHobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm, I don't really design dresses for other people, and if I did, it would be on commission and would cost a fair bit. I'll have to get back to you on that one.

But there's nothing to stop you designing your own costumes :)
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sprite-lightHobbyist General Artist
Ah okay well I will keep my eyes open :)

I have designs in my head I just can't put them down in paper
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Tattered-DreamsHobbyist Digital Artist
Practice helps there :)
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sprite-lightHobbyist General Artist
Yeah :) I just don't know where to start
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Tattered-DreamsHobbyist Digital Artist
I rarely do, either; I make it up as I go along, mostly
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DovieCabaHobbyist General Artist
This is so pretty!
I love how you do wavy hair! And the horse's feathering is amazing as well!!
Not to mention how you draw people and horses...Yay for finding new artists to follow! :XD:
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Tattered-DreamsHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

I kind of tried something new for the hair in this, since I had no idea how I'd manage it, but I do like how it came out ^^ Feathering like this is always fun :D

Thanks again; I really appreciate your comments and following :)
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DovieCabaHobbyist General Artist
She reminds me of Belle off of Beauty and the Beast :D
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Tattered-DreamsHobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't think of that - but she kinda does XD
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Wow, love these possible new characters. Friesians are gorgous devils, and meknows you've captured that gorgeousness. SO AWESOME.
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Tattered-DreamsHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)

Laila and Alerio became characters in a short story, and I held off getting a Friesian at Lakewood, but one day, hopefully! I do love them, and I'm really glad you think I captured them okay ^^
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Great names for the two. :)
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Tattered-DreamsHobbyist Digital Artist
It took a while, but they fitted :D
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LeavingNeverlandHobbyist Digital Artist
JUST realised that's not Becca xD WOOPS! (thank you 'paying attention to detail and reading artist comments') Welp, whoever she is, she has beautiful hair! haha
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Tattered-DreamsHobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, no problem :D (my comments do run on a bit XD)
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LeavingNeverlandHobbyist Digital Artist
There's too much about this picture that I love, so I'm only gonna point out one thing: the hair is brilliant! On Becca and the androgynous mystery horse! lol
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Tattered-DreamsHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^ The androgynous (so true!) mystery horse remains a mystery, since I decided to hold off on breeding him/her/it. And the girl is actually a strange character not in my HARPG called Laila :D (just to confuse people ;)) I've drawn her in another picture since, actually - but I do really love how her hair came out! So much fun had there :D
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LeavingNeverlandHobbyist Digital Artist
Lol! So, in fact, since both are non-existant in your harpg universe, it's a picture of two ghosts ._. GASP! Well, they look great, regardless of being not real-ish and not born-ish!
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Tattered-DreamsHobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! Two ghosties is them. They are. Whatever :p (though surprisingly solid looking...) :D
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