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Polo in the Park by SamsBee Polo in the Park by SamsBee
A still from a polo game at the park. I'm usually not very good at drawing horses so I'm pretty pleased with this ^^ a few things aren't quite right, but I'm not going to point them out.

My camera is broken, so the screen doesn't work and all the pictures come out pretty dark or very pale grey, so apologies for the poor photo.
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The rider is beautiful - the wrinkles in his coat and boots, the flick of his wrist, and even the vagueness of his face give an impressive air of realism. You've kept all the tack in order, though the bit might be low. The haunches of the horse are wonderful, but the front is a tad off. You could slender up his front legs, and broaden the neck. Even more sharpness could be added to the face to give him that sense of working hard. I love the soft background, but you might straighten that horizon line. Overall, very nicely done! :clap:
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Wow! What an impressive drawing! :clap:

I can tell you've got a wonderful grasp on realism and how things are supposed to look, and you obviously pay attention to the smallest of details! Excellent work. :love:

First of all, the detail. The more I look at this, the more I find, which is an awesome thing! From the signature on the bell boots to the wrinkles on the clothing, the detail is just incredible. It makes for a more interesting and realistic drawing. :nod:

I think the anatomy is very good! I think the neck looks a bit too thin, at least at the base, and something about the way the left front hoof hits the ground doesn't quick look right. The left foreleg looks a little larger than the rest in general.

I love the intensity and the sense of motion on both the horse and rider! If you wanted to go even further, maybe you could've added the head of the horse chasing this pair, or even parts of other horses around them.. if that makes any sense?

Anyways, fantastic work! I love it :love:
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Blue-Hollow Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student
Awesome! May I use this in a game? I will credit properly :)
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SamsBee Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Yes of course :)
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lolita-du-63 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Artist
<font><font>Waou  tres tres jolie</font></font>
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UniversalSpeech Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
the shading is superb! love it.
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SamsBee Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Thank you very much ^.^
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BashiKittyPawArtist Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
A drawing?!? When I first saw this it looked like a photograph. Its okay that this came out dark and grey it adds an "old" effect. I love the shadings :D Their are extremly impressive. I also like how you made the background far from the horse and its rider so you can understand thats its not on the sides. Im not going to lie though, the polo stick looks a bit more sketchy than the horse and its rider. but thats just my opinion, nobodys perfect so I dont expect you to change it. To me its rare to see a horse with no mane but I guess thats just a haircut. On the horses tail, the objects that look like rings or bracelets, they seem flat to me, they make the realistic art look less of a photo to me. But all in all its VERY realistic im still suprised its a drawing not a photo. keep up the good work!
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SamsBee Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thank you very much :D
I see what you mean about the stick, the shading doesn't have the same depth, and as for the tape in the tail, it looks flat because I completely forgot to shade it! Unfortunately I only realised when I was posting it on here, and had already given it to the guy in the picture as a gift! Oops. I think you might be the first person to spot it actually.
Thank you very much for your comment :D
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BashiKittyPawArtist Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
your welcome and thank you for accepting my opinions :D
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SamsBee Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Always happy to hear some constructive crit! :D
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BashiKittyPawArtist Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
XD well thank you!
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samth Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Wonderful! The wrinkles of his clothes in particular are beautifully done!

I only have two things to point out in terms of crit.
1. I too have a problem with the extended horse forearm. Perhaps the shading is a little dark? I'd go back to your ref photo and see if you've got it right.
2. I can see the direction of your pencil on the horse, but not the rider. Now this is purely a personal thing and there's absolutely nothing wrong with being able to see the pencil line or grain - but personally I would smudge and/or cross hatch so the effect of the pencil isn't as obvious.
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SamsBee Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
I have a bad habit of working on a small section and exaggerating the detail that I see whilst drawing it, especially if the reference picture isn't that clear, this is a good example where I have overdone the lines on the leg and made it look odd.
I have also discovered smooth paper and improved my blending since this picture. I might have another go at it some time in the future and see if I can do a better job.
Thank you very much for your comment :D
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samth Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
How good is smooth paper! I always use your really standard printer's paper. Not as thick as I'd like, but nice and smooth!
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SamsBee Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
I'd never even heard of it and then someone suggested Bristol board and I looooove it! Makes blending so much easier.
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AnimalFanatic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, this isn't a photo.
Oh.
Well, for someone who is "usually not very good at drawing horses" this is pretty darn awesome.
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SamsBee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thank you, this horse is still a bit wrong to my eyes, but I have gotten better at drawing them :D
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AnimalFanatic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see a few things a little bit off, but it's still wonderful. You'll get there in time :)
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SamsBee Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thank you ^_^
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AnimalFanatic Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :3
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KaylaBieber Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful job!!!!
the legs look a little off to me though for some reason but wonderful job.
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SamsBee Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thank you very much :D, yeah I've done one leg a bit bigger than the rest, but I work on a small segment at a time so I didn't notice until it was done and thought I'd make it worse trying to change it :/
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KaylaBieber Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's amazing!!
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NicPi Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very nice realtistic drawing! Must have taken quite some hours to draw this :love: ! If you really want to specialise in horse drawing - have a look at the photo-series of Edward Muybridge :-) .
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SamsBee Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Thank you ^_^
I will check out his work! :)
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AngelinaBenedetti Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh woooooooow!!!!!!!!!!
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SamsBee Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Thank you ^^
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