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Alteza Del Lago by Plaguedog Alteza Del Lago by Plaguedog
Commission for :icondry-oasis: of their mare, Alteza Del Lago. I am extremely gracious that I got to draw such a gorgeous horse with one of my favorite coat colors. I enjoyed every moment working on this.

I am really happy with how this turned out. This is the first time I did an entire image in black and white before coloring it. Unfortunately livestream crashed on me at the end of the coloring stage so I don't have the video to share :(

Still working on getting that old George Stubbs feeling into the horse portraits I do. I feel like I have improved since my first one in 2011.
And as requested, I will be making a little tutorial on trees ;)


Art by *Plaguedog (Kellie Lamphere, KLamphere)
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TrottingPeryton Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply stunning.
Sammiyad Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
0_0 slightly incredible...oh wow!!!! The lighting and muscle tones, the shading, the!.
MariaFauna Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Woooow!! I like it very much!!
Akpahsj Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Wow. Such a beautiful portrait. I absolutely love the pattern!
HorseStockPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
such a pretty light chestnut!
Horsie35 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i used to ride this horse alittle before she got sold to her recent owner. thanks to you ive gotten to see some pictures of her. this is an amazing picture <3
lantairvlea Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This has been sitting in my inbox forever because I've been wanting to comment on this lovely piece. She looks like a red/claybank dun, which I agree is a lovely color on a horse.

You have definitely come a long ways from your first equine portraits! I live the diffused lighting, suggested by both the clouds in the sky and the vague shadow on the ground.

You did an excellent job on the detail and shading. I'm especially in love with her nostrils and muzzle. The range of tone is beautiful and the construction is spot-on.

There are a couple spots that are a little shaky anatomically, but some of them are within the range of what is possible so it could be the individual horse. However the length of the groove on the back cannons in particular that divides the bone from the ligaments seems to run a little deep into the fetlock jont.

The one thing that I don't like about the greyscale method is that it does not encourage one to incorporate color into the shadows. It technically can mimick the use of glazes in oil painting, which means it is possible to sneak in those environmental colors in the areas of reflected light and shadow that will help really settle your subject into its surroundings.

Again, fantastic work and I look forward to seeing more of it!
bonbon3272 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful coat on this one~
StellaMay2807 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous! And god, your backgrounds...:faint: You've improved a lot! Don't worry about that. This is amazing :heart:
zingarism Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012   General Artist
It looks like she could walk right out of the picture. Wow. So pretty. :heart:
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