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Dapple and Stars by Natoli Dapple and Stars by Natoli
Ach, that was a challenge, you know!

This is a commission for one of the professors in my Academy :)
His little niece loves horses, especially mares, these with dapple grey coat ;) And full moon of course :D So, he ordered a picture like that for her birthday ;)

Why was it so big challenge? Because it is A2 size! My first BIG one with watercolors and markers. This is also the cause of poor quality - this is Photoshopped photo of the work. I think as for photo it does good ;)
Also, please, don't say a word about the anatomy xD That was big battle with the commissioner and I had to change A LOT (not always thinking those changes were ok xP)

Enjoy!

PS. Did you ever try to paint a dapple cray coat with watercolors?! Hooooly.... if it wasn't been for salt I would probably end drawing each and every 'star' by hand O.o Still many of them had to be drawn with white gelpen xP


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Ink, ecoline, markers, white gelpen on A3 bristol board (BTW I will have to look for something better for watercolors when it comes to bigger sizes :/ )
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Bluari Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nie dziwie się, że to było wyzwanie ale wyglada swietnie c:. Jak sie przypatrzec szczegółom. Kolorystyka jest przecudowna, wzory na siersci i grzywie takie żywe. W ogóle, ta czerń jest piekna, z tymi przebijającymi brązami. A anatomia nie zawsze musi być perfekcyjna ;>
Jestem ciekawa czym malowalaś tlo, bo nie wyglada na konwencjonalny pedzel.
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Natoli Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ze względu na rozmiar ciężko było jakoś to ugryźć. Koniec końców zanurzyłam chusteczkę higieniczną w szarej farbie mozno rozwodnionej i zrobiłam szarą bazę pod mokre w mokrym. A potem duzo farby, ale już zwykłym pędzlem naciapane i to się samo tak porozlewało ;)


Cieszę się, że się podoba :)
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Bluari Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah tak, chusteczka. Też stosuje do akwareli, jak jest jeszcze wilgotna warstwa to mozna osuszyć na niej ładne wzory.
c:
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Natoli Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ano. Chociaz uzywam tego tylko na naprawde duzych formatach :) 
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Bluari Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
na małych tez się sprawdza :>
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Bluari Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
na małych tez się sprawdza :>
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Natoli Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Na małych wole pędzel :) Wygodniej i szczegóły łatwiej zachowac ;) 
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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, I really love how this came out, especially since dappled is my favorite coat pattern^^
everything is so peacefully composed, and I love your star technique. Each twinkles individually with its own light :)
And the moon! How did you get such a milky white composition?
The mare in the fg is also breathtaking! I don't see a huge issue with the anatomy - the flowing mane and tail are so natural :)
:w00t:
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Natoli Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MIlky white? :D I think it's the gray - I used 'warm' grey for shading the moon and also in whole picture there are lot of warm shades ^^
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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, my colors must be off today :P
lol
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Natoli Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Each monitor shows different colors, heh xD
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Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the mood and colors in this - sepia is working so beautifully! :heart:

Lovely coloring on the horse: I haven't tried doing dapples in this big scale with watercolors but I can imagine it is a challenge. :D
You did it beautifully tho!
Mane and tail are my favorite part here; they're so soft and flowy looking.

Moon and sky are gorgeous and it is so nice how your watermark is blending there.
It is big and protects your work but it is not hiding the actual work - it actually looks here like a part of the work.
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Natoli Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! Glad you like it so much ^^

Mane and tail were pure pleasure, especially in the sketching and linearting stage, this is so ... hm.. unstressing :D

Watermark, yeah, people often complain about big watermarks, but I need to protect my work. Glad you like this way of watermarking :D
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Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course, you did great job and I am sure the commissioner loves this. :dummy:

It is a shame that we even have to consider using watermarks (damn those art thieves!) but doing it with a style is something that most people unfortunately cannot do. I haven't been using watermark but I know I should; who knows if something is already stolen.
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Natoli Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, we can't avoid stealing, but I want at last other people to see that the art isn't done by the person who claims it ;)
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Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed. :nod:
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vashley Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
really pretty night sky! and a perfect horse to match :heart: I love your style
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Natoli Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awwwww.... and vice versa! :D
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Esmerra Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Badum tss [link]
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Natoli Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wheeee :D
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! I really like this style! Congratulations!
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Natoli Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ^^
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ShadowfaxCreations Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very lovely style! Very gorgeous. =D
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Natoli Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ^^
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TigerOtter7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gorgeous work
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Natoli Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
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Esmerra Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
O, koniu :) naprawdę ładnie Ci wyszedł. Księżyc jest super, podoba mi się również Twój pomysł na przedstawienie nocnego nieba, te plamy wyglądają naprawdę dobrze. :) Grzywa, ogon i cieniowanie samego konia również są niezłe :) Jedynie łeb mógłby być bardziej dopracowany, ale i tak jest to bardzo ciekawa praca ^^.
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Natoli Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Własnie niebo mnie martwi troche, bardziej wylada na zachmurzone nocne, a wtedy nie widac by było gwiazd xD
Ale ciesze sie, ze ci sie podoba, ja koni zupełnie nie czuję xP
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Esmerra Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hm.. no rzeczywiście, wygląda na zachmurzone. Ale mogłaś wtedy zrobić tak, że decydujesz ktore warty są chmurami, a które niebem i zrobić gwiazdy pomiędzy chmurami :)
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Natoli Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mogłam, ale przykaz był, ze ma byc rozgwieżdżone ;)

Na poczatku chciałam w ogole jednolite zrobic, ale ten karton lipnie sie zachowywał z akwarelami, ostro znacząc granice między wartwami, wiec musiałam sie zdocydowac na "celowe" plamy :)
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful :) I absolutely love the mane and tail!
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Natoli Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad :) I love to draw hair ^^
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Drache-Lehre Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! <3
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Natoli Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ^^
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Drache-Lehre Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure. :3
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Ami310 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! Niesamowicie piękne! Nie spodziewałąm się tego! :D O.O
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Natoli Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
W sensie, ze konia? :>
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Ami310 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
tak ^^
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Lasterija Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
woha amazing *-* i love it !
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Natoli Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad ^^
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nucularman Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
great :)
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Natoli Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks ^^
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