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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 ;)

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Art by *Plaguedog (Kellie Lamphere, KLamphere)
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:icontrottingperyton:
TrottingPeryton Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply stunning.
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Sammiyad Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
0_0 slightly incredible...oh wow!!!! The lighting and muscle tones, the shading, the anatomy...wow!.
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:iconmariafauna:
MariaFauna Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Woooow!! I like it very much!!
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:iconakpahsj:
Akpahsj Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Wow. Such a beautiful portrait. I absolutely love the pattern!
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HorseStockPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
such a pretty light chestnut!
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:iconhorsie35:
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
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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!
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bonbon3272 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful coat on this one~
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:iconstellamay2807:
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:
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:iconzingarism:
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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:iconmorguemonster:
MorgueMonster Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just fantastic. Photo realistic and very painterly.
And the landscaping is amazing!
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:iconplaguedog:
Plaguedog Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012   Digital Artist
:) Thank you very much!
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:iconxkaseix:
xKaseix Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, you definitely got the George Stubbs in there. He immediately jumped to mind when I saw this thumbnail--fantastic work!! You have improved so much.
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:iconkirawra:
KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
oh my goodness gracious, you just blow me away with every horse portrait you do! I think you get better and better with each one!
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:iconpbdiddy:
PBDiddy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O
How???

This is stunning!
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:iconthe-redowl:
the-redowl Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous!
I love this style of painting! :love:
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Seeburglar Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh, what a beautiful piece. I love those teeny details you put in, like the purple flowers and water lilies. The entire piece came together really nicely. Looking forward to seeing the tree tutorial you mentioned above! :aww:
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:iconclouded-3d:
Clouded-3D Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This turned out amazing! :'D
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:icontwilight-veil:
Twilight-Veil Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, such a soft and lovely piece. How gorgeous. :heart:
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:iconangelofdays:
Angelofdays Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i liiiike :D :D
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:icondry-oasis:
dry-oasis Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
I almost teared up a little when I saw this after you finished (now I know how it feels when I paint peoples' past animals and they tear up). You caught her so perfectly, the background is just gorgeous, and the colors in her coat are beautiful! I wish the livestream would have worked, I would have LOVED to watch!
I'm also really glad you enjoyed working on this, I hate making people do things they don't want to. But I can't wait to get this printed and hung up on my bedroom wall! Thank you so much!! :heart:
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Phantazmas Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
I think I might ask you to do one of my grey mare... You do horses so amazingly awesomely well. I love the shading and that it's slightly stylized but very realistic at the same time. Love the background.
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WISHiWASaWOLF Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is soo beautiful!! its very realistic, what a pretty painting:dummy:
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:icontehuberkami:
tehuberkami Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous, as always :)
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:iconkitten84:
Kitten84 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What program did you use?

I envy your skills......
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:iconplaguedog:
Plaguedog Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012   Digital Artist
I used Photoshop CS4 :)
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:iconkitten84:
Kitten84 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have some skill :la:. I have CS3 and I'm still stuck in brushes and cell shading. Wauw!
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:iconazzacanth:
azzacanth Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist
neat, it really is an old school, traditional feeling :) good job!
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:iconadoptable-horses-inc:
Adoptable-Horses-INC Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!!! :la:
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CriminalSpirit Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the flipping most gorgeous amazing thing ever! :O It's stunning, so gorgeous, I love the shading of the muscles and the colors and lighting for the coat and background and perfect! ^^ The mane and tail and anatomy are spot on!
I wish I was able to commission you to do a piece of my real life gelding. :3 Everything you do is gorgeous! ^^
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tears-of-blood911 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student
This is stunning, absolutely gorgeous!! Love the background.
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:iconthorunn:
Thorunn Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful colours!
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:iconokamay:
Okamay Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So gorgeous Plague! :D
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WhollyUnwind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha, wow, that's really amazing!!
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:iconnatasplund:
NatAsplund Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Oh wow this is beautiful!!! i love how it looks like an old fashioned painting of a horse!!!! :D awesome!!!
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:iconaspendragon:
Aspendragon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
How do you work from grayscale and turn into a color picture? Or do you have a tutorial reference?
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:iconplaguedog:
Plaguedog Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   Digital Artist
I am going to work on a tutorial soon :) But basically, in photoshop, you set a layer above what you want to color and set the layer style to "color" (I got some good results from soft light and overlay as well)
Then you paint over the area in color.
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Aspendragon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'll have to try that ~ thanks!
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:iconloiiypop-chan:
loiiypop-chan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I watched you stream most of this, especially the background, and I was amazed by all the detail! You put so much time into this, and it certainly shows!
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Ala-Rai Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
That must be a really gorgeous mare in real life! I can tell this because you did her such justice in your painting.
I wonder if before photography, paintings of horses were used to show conformation prior to purchase for foreign sales?
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:icontwilght-incantations:
twilght-incantations Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just so beautiful! Great work once again :)
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:iconzephammo:
Zephammo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconjawdroppingplz: Ohmigod. You are such a pro.
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:iconsky-lily:
Sky-Lily Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a lovely horse, you definitely gave it justice!
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:iconsilharai:
Silharai Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
This is exquisite! Gorgeously done!
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:iconfeverpaint:
feverpaint Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow this is gorgeous :wow:
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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work! The colors in this piece as a whole are gorgeous. Fantastic work! :aww:
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WickedSpecter Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply beautiful plaguedog, I envy your artistic skills. The horse is so well done, at first when I say the image in my deviations I thought it was a photo of a horse, thats how realistic this is, not joke. And your backgrounds are stunning, I'd kill to have that type of talent. Grass and dirt , for me, is such a pain, yet you pull it off so smoothly and make it look easy. I'm just blown away with how much deviations you are able to get done, with such a high quality, and be a mother at the same time. Very impressive you are. I'll be waiting with anticipation for whatever you might create next.
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vengeofthestars Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! first thing i thought of was those old classic horse portraits. Great job, its good to see a more traditional style of art using modern techniques, if you know what I mean
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow he turned out really awesome. It looks so different all coloured! Great work :)
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:iconplaguedog:
Plaguedog Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! I am just so mad about the livestream crashing. I started it up just to record the coloring, and that is the only chunk that corrupted :( lame!
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