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
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
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Thank you so much, glad you like it 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!
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
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