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River's Side by Plaguedog River's Side by Plaguedog
Offsite Commission of two horses, Susie, a standardbred cross, and Charlie, a standardbred.
Someday, when I buy a horse, I swear the first consideration is going to standardbreds. The more I hear people talk about them and the more I draw them, the more I fall in love with the breed.

I was absolutely thrilled with the challenge on this one. I was given a specific background to do and I really pushed myself to replicate it. I was beaming when I finished those happy little trees. And dapples.. whenever I do dapples I am constantly struggling to keep them from eating the details. But I alway really like how the color looks.

This is the second George Stubbs inspired picture I've done, I have a few more in the works right now. I am really enjoying working on them.

As always critiques are more than welcome!
(For those interested I've posted some work in progress photos [link])
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tamsinrj Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That is amazing. O.o
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Mia-Flecher Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student General Artist
i love your equine art.small heart - aqua Clapping Pony Icon - Twilight Sparkle XD :blowkiss: remake 
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013   Digital Artist
:heart: :dance: Thank you! :D I promise to post more soon!
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Mia-Flecher Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student General Artist
<font><font>great'll estar esperando</font></font>Heart :happybounce: 
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Akpahsj Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Wow, this is beautiful! The dapple is absolutely gorgeous! I wish my horse had some color like that, around here you can really only find sorrels and bays. However, I love them just the same.
This is just wonderful!
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pintohorses65 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
how do you draw these you do it on the web
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indigo-98 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful. your style and skill has really improved and changed from the first art in this folder :)
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Aomori Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's beautiful. A bit classic, like oil paintings.... I very like this efect :heart:
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Yuralria Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
AMAZINGLY well done!!!
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:heart: It's so good to see your horse art! I love the dappling on the grey, it's just beautiful! :love: Wonderful work as always Plaguedog! :D
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cali13 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
oh wow that is freaking gorgeous! honestly best pic on DA!
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Isabel96 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
WOW!. they are looking soo real! amazing!
an awesome art :)
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Akynome Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Hello,very nice
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011   Digital Artist
Hi there! Thank you!
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artlover6466 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
Am so happy that you are back I love your art it is so amazing.....
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Shade703 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
Absolutley gorgeous, both the horses and the background :D
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Jullelin Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is amazing! A really gorgeous picture that reminds of the grand masters :D
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011   Digital Artist
:Heart: Thank you so much!
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lantairvlea Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely piece, you've come a long way from your equine works two years ago! I love your expansive environment and how the two are interacting. It's good to see more than just a simple horse standing around in a plain field, but something of more substance and consideration. It was interesting to see it all come together in the progress shots.

One thing you might want to consider is using more of your background colors in your subjects, even if it's just a slight hint that might go unnoticed, it really helps to settle the subject into the environment and keep them from looking like they were just stuck on there. Not that they look pasted in, but they could be a little more "settled" than they are.

Structurally they look great, especially through those lovely hips of theirs. The shoulders on both seem a little steep and the humerus a bit upright and short, but they are within the range of conformational variance, just not quite in the "ideal" that a conformation judge might look for.

I look forward to seeing more such lovely works and was happy to read that you have a few more already in progress! Enjoy and happy painting!
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me such a well thought out and helpful comment! I truly appreciate it!

I definitely see what you are saying about bring in some of the background colors onto the subject. Especially the black horse to me seems a little too unnaturally lit. If I get a chance to retouch this one I will definitely try adding just a soft touch of blue and green to the shadowy areas.

It's amazing how much taking a step back for a few weeks and looking at a picture again changes how you see it. I can really see the shoulder issues much more clearly. I made some changes to the piece I am working on right now because of it. Thank you so much for helping me see it!
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lantairvlea Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most welcome. I know the more advanced one gets in a skill, the harder it becomes to get descent critique and it's always nice to see an artist continuing to seek such input and continually trying to improve. Thanks for being so open to it!

Tweaking the shadows a little will help, but also consider the quality of the light and how that will affect the hue and "warmth" or "coolness" of the highlights as well.

Agreed, some pieces need a break during the working process even in order to appreciate the progress one has made or recognize where it is just a little "off." I've had a few pieces that have benefited from some time spent away from them before digging back in.

I'm glad to be of help, it keeps my inner art instructor happy *grin.* Once again, you are most welcome!
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Snowfirewolf Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow this looks like a panting, beautiful landscaping :)
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Snowfirewolf Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Student General Artist
No Problem! :)
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esil-aisa-96 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
ooo so cute ;3
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MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art just keeps getting better and better! Wonderful to see it again. :heart:
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :D I am so glad to be back, I missed seeing your work!!
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FeralFlames Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So incredibly breath taking. I am speechless.
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Songs Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
magnificent :heart:
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Gosh, this is just stunning. I'm completely blown away by all the lifelike detail you've managed to put into this picture :0 ♥
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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maria-mar Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Wonderful, wonderful work! For some reason i didn't get your recent artwork on my inbox, only the WIP! I'm so glad i checked your page and found all this gorgeous new pictures! It's good to have you back :)
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011   Digital Artist
Augh! The same thing is happening to me, a bunch of people aren't showing up in my feed or were completely removed from my watch list! So frustrating!
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maria-mar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Yeah that happened to me too! dA looses it sometimes x)
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epic-squirrel Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOWZA! before id read your comments i though this is very george stubbs esque! So you have so captured the style! Bravo!! This picture is stunning and the grey is lush! beautiful beautiful work!
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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KiwiPikachu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Beutiful I love how you can see the muscal lines in the legs and neck! Gorgeus! And the background is awesome to! :3
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dry-oasis Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student General Artist
The shading on the gray is fantastic, the dapples look great. I really like the trees, you did an amazing job the leaves! :) So much patience.
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Nycket Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Do I spot a Bob Ross reference in there?
"happy little trees"
Jeez it's so discouraging how many of these young artists don't know who Bob Ross is. He may be a silly guy to watch but he's got some serious talent with a fantastic technique.
Anyways, if you don't know what I'm talking about. That's okay too! You brightened my morning with those happy little trees. xD
I dunno why but your painterly style has always reminded me of something you'd see in an equine history book, I'm gonna look up the exact era later because I can't think of it now, but it's a very nice style that I very much admire.
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011   Digital Artist
Oh heck yes! Just watching Bob Ross paint has taught me way more than any painting class I have taken. They still replay the show from time to time on our local pbs. I really hope young artists take the time to watch him still, it would be a complete shame if they didn't.

The paintings I have been referencing are George Stubbs works from the 1760's and 70's. I have been working very hard to capture that same "feel" :D
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Nycket Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It's rare that I catch him on television but it does happen, and when it does, I stop everything just to watch him. He's taught me quite a lot as well, but sadly I haven't gotten to watch him as much as I'd like.

That's exactly it!
You've done a fantastic job at capturing the feel and charm of the old style, it's one of the many things I love about your art. :)
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EternalStarTrail Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
This is amazing :D It really looks like a real painting!!!
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distractedd Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:wow: This is crazy amazing!! :omfg: The details are... *is speechless* Amazing work!
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ForeignCanidae Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude.. did I mention.. THIS IS VERY GOOD!! :crazy:
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Hathien603 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
I love George Stubbs, and I can definitely see his style in this painting :) Beauiful work!
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purplesabermoose Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Those horses coats look like my two horses. Seirra a quarter horse and Casper a Tennessee Walker Cross
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SarcasticNutter Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Wow... this reminds me of my own horse who has passed away and my friend's horse. My horse was a flea bitten gray, and my friend's horse is black. Mine passed away on the 29th of July.
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011   Digital Artist
I'm so sorry to hear your horse passed away :( You have my condolences.
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SarcasticNutter Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
It's ok <33 Thanks :hug:
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Shanfire Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Keep it up!! :D you're so talented!
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