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Charcoal pony by Hei-La Charcoal pony by Hei-La
Pony in charcoal, 27.5cm x 22.7cm Ingres pastel paper, Derwent charcoal pencils (tiny little bit of white pastel on tail because I couldn't get the highlights light enough), Reference by :iconfillyrox:

So, I started to wonder what on Earth I am going to do with all my ingress paper - as Murano seems to work better for my pastel work. And I decided to start experimenting - this being the first piece - different techniques and mediums. This is a (welsh) pony if I do not guess wrong and it is done loosely referencing one of fillyroxis awesome stockphotos! I did not use any grids or other such methods, just my eye. Actually I didn't even sketch before starting to do the details (this is a bad habit of mine, because it sometimes ends up with very awful compositions... and ruins my work completely so that I have to throw it to the bin). I just started with the pony's croups and continued forward without any planning. But I have to say I am quite pleased with the results! It could have looked horrible but it actually looks pretty neat. I will try to sketch more in the future if I'm not using a grid though, because it was nerve-cracking to do the rest of the body once the backside was alright, because I could have ruined it at any moment :o!

I've done quite a lot graphic drawings on white paper in the past and (even though this is not graphic) I'm starting to wonder was white paper really the best possible choice. I'm looving the contrast between dark and light that can be achieved on toned paper - though I think I'll never give up white paper completely. Still, the whites just shine so brightly against nice background color! And it still looks black-and-whiteish if you know what I mean.

Original has a little more paper under it's hooves - but as it didn't fit into my scanner and I didn't feel I needed to do extra scan just to add plain paper, I decided this is good enough.

Do not use any of my work without my written permission.
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:iconfrostedeyes:
frostedEyes Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooooah so realistic, that' sang awesome horse.
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:iconhei-la:
Hei-La Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(Sorry for the late reply everybody, I've been out of the picture for a while.)

Thank you! :)
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! I love this style! Really great work! Congratulations!
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:iconhei-la:
Hei-La Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(Sorry for the late reply everybody, I've been out of the picture for a while.)

Thank you very much <3
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:iconmathaku:
mathaku Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very pretty work, great details! :)
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:iconhei-la:
Hei-La Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) Thank you very much!
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:iconmathaku:
mathaku Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oho, en tajunnut että oot suomalainen! Nyt on tyhmä olo. No, menipähän viestini perille muillekin katsojille :D Katoin ihan ajatuksen kanssa nyt galleriaasi, upeita töitä on! ^.^
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Hei-La Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Kiitos kiitos. Joo, ei sitä aina tuu katsottua että kuka on mistäkin maasta - varsinkin jos nicki ei oo mitenkään ilmiselvä :)
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:iconfillyrox:
fillyrox Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH Wow!

The Detail in this is just amazing!
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:iconhei-la:
Hei-La Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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