Friesian/Saddlebred Custom – Part V

Friesian 09-21-2012 Angle Right

The almost-last-round is upon us!

(Quick sum-up: Part I, Part II, and Part III, Part IV)

This time around we’ve got the second side of the horse, the hooves, and some detailing on the face to cover.

To some extent it’s ‘same song second verse’ as Part IV, but there is some new stuff (and tons of new photos) so read on dear reader! 😀

And as always, click the pics for a view MUCH larger than life-sized (remember this gal is only three inches high).

‘Ears To You!

Friesian 09-21-2012 Headshot Right

I did a lot of work on the face, although the change from Part 4 to Part 5 isn’t as obviously dramatic. I did some work smoothing out the rough bits on the face, adding detailing to the eyes (and putting a first layer of gloss on them), adding pinking to ears and then a little bit of dark brown shading to the inside of the nostrils.

Quite a laundry list, but it really helped her pop!


These were a new endeavor, so here’s a quite run down of the process.

I started with a flat base of Neutral Gray that can be seen in previous posts. Then on top of that I layered a mixture of Neutral Gray, Mars Black, and Burnt Umber to bring in a warm tone.

Over that I did horizontal striping with the grey and the black in various transparencies. Once that was good I added the lighter growth line at the top with straight grey and then went over the whole hoof (horizontally again) with Prismacolor Warm Grey 70% and French Grey 50%.

Friesian 09-21-2012 Right

Second Side, Same as the First

The offside of the horse I did with the same technique as I did the first one. Light washes of color and white that I started from the topline and worked over. There was lots of flipping the horse back and forth and checking the previous photos– it’s hard to get the dappling to come out consistently.

Overall I’m very pleased with the way this little gal has turned out! I’ve got some obvious touch-ups to do, but I’m finally to a point where I can focus on getting feedback from the owner! 😀

Of course all input/feedback/constructive criticism is appreciated, so please let me know if you see anything that needs tweaking!

Friesian 09-21-2012 Left Friesian 09-21-2012 Front Friesian 09-21-2012 Headshot Front Friesian 09-21-2012 Top Friesian 09-21-2012 Back Friesian 09-21-2012 Headshot Back Friesian 09-21-2012 Tummy

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