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Heart of the Forest by cerona Heart of the Forest by cerona
Commission for :iconkalmanen:

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This is *kalmanens Friesian-Andalusian cross stallion Ambrosius. She wanted him depicted in a forest, and god knows I can't draw forests to save my life! But I had this vision in mind of a secret place deep, deep inside a forest, near an old tree and a pond with lilies. So I did my best to make that place come to life and well, here it is! The tree is based on a tutorial by =nathie.

Done in Photoshop with my little Bamboo tablet, during 3 days. Original size is A3 but reduced to 20%. A couple of references for the horse and the pose, but I still didn't get him to look very Andalusian-like!

Hope you like it :heart:

THE MAKING OF "Heart Of The Forest"

    Tools: Photoshop CS2, Bamboo Tablet
    Time taken: about 15 hours over 3 days
    Layers: 42
    Original size: 3508x4961 px


You are not authorised to use this image without my written permission. It may not be used for blogs or sim games, reposted and claimed as your own, or altered in any way. Please respect my wishes.

    Ambros © *kalmanen
    Artwork © Malin Träisk


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:iconwild-mustangs:
Wild-Mustangs Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I just Looove how you draw horses !:heart:

This is my favourite one :glomp:
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cerona Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm so glad you like it ^^
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kokamo77 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Oh! Green is one of my favorite colors ever! :wow: I love this one as much as the others! :love: Beautiful job! (And sorry I always comment way after I favorite! ^^; )
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cerona Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, glad you like it :heart: I think I went a bit overboard with all the greeny-ness of it, but I wanted it to be a nice, earthy picture, and it went so well with the sort of sandy colours of Ambros coat. But I doubt I'll be drawing anything this complex (as in texture-wise) again!
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kokamo77 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
Ahh, but the background isn't all green at least! You did add those nice pink and blue flowers along with the water being a teal color. I'm sure it was extremely hard to do with all the textures!
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Lambidy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely LOVE this picture :d great work! :D
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cerona Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you so much :huggle:
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Lambidy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O i really admire your painting-style :D
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isabeljoanvalentine Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Student General Artist
It's a really, really beautiful picture - I love the refined greens of the woods around him, they really compliment the horse's sandy colour. And the water-lilies are so good! They're like Monet, only more defined. XD
Izzy
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cerona Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, glad you like it :) I tried my best to try and stick to one colour scheme in this (mainly being green-brown-yellow) but I'm terrible at keeping to limited palettes! And I love lilies, so this was my excuse to draw them :meow:
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