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leisure artist
10-23-2015, 03:25 PM

Title: Carmague Horses
Year Created:
Medium: Oil
Surface: Board
Dimension: 16x12
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

Would really appreciate a critique on this piece..how can i improve it espec waves/foam.
Many thanks

Advice please improving waves/foam and any other constructive criticism is very welcome

leisure artist
10-23-2015, 03:27 PM
Have posted this upside down..could it be corrected please

Mark Szymanski
10-23-2015, 04:32 PM

leisure artist
10-23-2015, 07:14 PM
Thanks Mark:)

10-24-2015, 04:15 PM
well, you're very brave to take this project on in the first place so kudos to that.

it's a good comp, good action, good colors and reasonable good technical work ... the horses anatomy needs work, everywhere - they're as difficult a subject as a human portrait/form, so again, kudos for taking on the challenge.


Mark Szymanski
10-24-2015, 07:22 PM
The main problem I see, as La says, it the horses anatomy; as she said, horse anatomy is pretty complicated. You did pretty well overall, though there are some major discrepancies in certain areas.

A couple of the issues are the sizes of the heads of each of the animals. The center horse has the closest to correct, the left hand one is off about a half a head length, and the right hand horse is off a lesser amount. One of the issues I sensed right away was the gigantic eyes of each of the horses.

If you overlay the reference photo and draw on your horses, you'll catch how the perspective of having smaller and larger heads work together to give the proper distance between the animals. Maybe this will help to see where your underdrawing is off here and there.


As far as the water goes, in the reference, the photo of the horses was overlayed on the image of the water - the two don't belong together, so I wouldn't try to be too close. In the case of water, think about how it would work if the horses were running in something just a bit thicker that you couldn't see through very easily... maybe they're in a lake of milk. If you think how the splashes of milk cast shadows around itself and under itself then you'll come pretty close to how to change the values of the water. It will be brightest on those areas facing the light, underneath the splash will be darker.

leisure artist
10-26-2015, 05:45 AM
La...thanks for your encouraging remarks..it was a challenge but a good learning experience
Mark...thanks for your very helpful critique..will take another look and make some changes