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09-27-2011, 02:10 PM
Before I go and put the paint spots on this mare and her foal. How do think it looks. This a rendering for a painting 18x24.

09-27-2011, 02:22 PM
Hmm now that I have posted on computer I can already see things that need to change. lol

09-27-2011, 03:09 PM
I lengthened mares head and worked on ears.

09-27-2011, 03:41 PM
Pulling up a chair.

09-27-2011, 07:27 PM
Beautiful photo from which to work!

Take a close look a the mares eyes. I believe they are off a bit. The ears, eyes, and nostrils should follow the same line as in the photo. Inotherwords, the left ear, eye and nostril are higher than the right. Take a ruler as its easier to see it all that way.

Am looking forward to seeing more of this.....it's going to be a nice one.


09-27-2011, 07:59 PM
I agree about the eyes. It is off! She has head tilted just in sort of weird way too. I lowered the right eye there is a slight slant but not much. When I get done making changes I will post again.lol My mind keeps getting this memory thing going and wants to do what I was doing before. Do you ever do that? Think I need to do some shading that may help me see better.

09-28-2011, 02:37 PM
Also check the ears - the right ear (facing) is just a tad bit lower, the same amount as the eye. I'ts a beautiful rendering, just adjust the placement and go for it!

09-29-2011, 08:51 AM
Yep fixed ears and eye. Thanks for the extra eye's !

09-29-2011, 10:23 AM
Looking real good...looking forward to the next steps...color etc!

09-29-2011, 02:17 PM
Another nit........if you take a ruler (looking straight on) from the mares left nostril, and go straight down, you will see that the chest does not come out as far as on your sketch.


09-29-2011, 03:48 PM
Linda, this photo looks great, your sketch needs a bit of tweaking to get closer to the pose.
I over laid your drawing onto the photo this will give you some idea where your sketch lines up with the pose. Hope this helps. I think your sketch is close enough in some areas but not in others. I think the foal is fine as is but could be line up if you wish.
Iíll be watching this thread with interest.
Painting fun

09-29-2011, 06:29 PM
Hmmm, I made my drawing 2 x the size of the original. should mine line up exact with that overlay? I have changes some more but not posting picture again till I get another good look at it. lol I really am trying to improve and get it right. Thanks for your help!!

09-29-2011, 06:51 PM
How did you make that transparency. With Adobe. How do I do that?

09-30-2011, 03:33 AM
Hi Linda
You copy one image over the other and you have layers, in the layer box at the top you have a opacity slide bar. This give the top over lay the transparency.
Sketches do not need to be exact to turn out looking good, unless youíre doing a portrait for a customer.
I really like what you have, accept the front of the mare needs lining up to look better.

Painting fun

10-02-2011, 02:36 PM
aRt4us thank you for the info. I need to get this right. I am making more changes. It is a commission and I want it right. It funny how it looks fine then you go away for sometime and you see tons of mistakes. lol It is going to be a painting and this horse has paint spots on it so it has to all line up correctly.

10-02-2011, 05:21 PM
Hi Linda
Iím doing two pencil sketch commissions of the same person both similar poses but slightly different, and doing a freehand sketch first then using this technique in photo shop is a brill tool to help get those important details lining up like eye ears nose mouth head shape, the shading just falls into place much easier. Just finishing of the second pencil sketch this week.

Painting fun

10-03-2011, 08:48 PM
aRt4us I hope to see what you are working on soon!

10-03-2011, 08:52 PM
ok I have made changes. I did not line them up in photo shop. Have not really figured that out yet. I may try tonight. I made a lot of changes. with head and body of both foal and mare. Moved her and her foals front ends more under them. I think things are lining up better now.

Let me know what ya think.

10-03-2011, 09:22 PM
ugh, I cannot figure out to do that transparency thing in photo shop. I need to get my book out and learn how to do this stuff.

10-04-2011, 03:51 AM
Hi Linda your so close I would call this one done and get on with painting.
The foal is almost spot on, and the mare is to on the uper parts.
I'll do a demo of photo shop for you.

Painting fun

10-04-2011, 04:27 AM
First open both images, with the sketch image click on Select and chose all from the top menu, then Cut.

Click on the photo image and paste, your sketch should be over your photo image.

In the top right menu click on Layers and the layer box appear


In the top click on opacity and slide the gauge bar to 50% or more to see the photo through the sketch.

Now you may need to reduce the sketch square on by clicking the Move tool
Which allows you to click the corner of the sketch image and move in so the sizes are equalise between the two images. You know can see any differences between the sketch compared to the photo.

This is a very old version of photoshop, someone might know a better way as I'm selftaught in this.
Hope this helps

10-04-2011, 09:12 AM
Thank you so much!! My version is old too to should be the same.:)

10-11-2011, 12:16 PM
I made more changes and put in the paint spots. I think I am ready to transfer this to canvas. Yahoo! Need to send this to owner and see what he thinks so far.


10-11-2011, 04:59 PM
This is going to be beautiful! I love paint horses!

10-12-2011, 09:43 AM
Thank You Jody!

10-12-2011, 05:42 PM
Oh yeah!! This should look great!!

10-12-2011, 06:22 PM
Thanks Patrick! I hope it does in the end.

10-13-2011, 01:15 AM
A very good subject...next update please:D .


10-13-2011, 03:21 AM
Good Luck with the painting Linda .....looking forward to seeing it. :thumbsup: