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Friday, February 20, 2009

Art Show Friday

Today, we are going to deviate from the normal tack talk. I want to show you some amazing artists who I admire. I only wish I could make art like theirs. They do mainly equine art, both digital and traditional, but they also delve into fantasy realms. They are all very talented and have unique styles. Their art is beautiful. Please explore their pages and enjoy the gorgeous pieces there.

First is Amanda Drage or "moodymand", she hails from the UK. Her artwork can be found here. You can explore her galleries and view the many gorgeous pieces. I especially like this one.

Next is someone known to me by her DeviantArt ID, QueenOfGoldfishes, she is from France. Her amazing work can be seen here. Her mastery of the digital media is astounding. This is done with a COMPUTER folks, can you believe it?

Here we have Christine Jordan from the US. Her art is amazing, her horses look like they could just gallop off the page. Please enjoy her art in her gallery. I LOVE this digital painting. I cannot believe the realism she achieves with these images.

Please go and explore and enjoy these galleries. There are thousands more artists on the art site as well that are equally talented and have so much to offer. If you should want to view my gallery, you can do so here. Please enjoy your weekend and have fun exploring the world of equine art.


  1. I love this subject. Drawing horses as been a hobby of mine since I was very small. I've learned to appreciate how hard it is to draw a horse that looks like it could move off the page and into the room. These 3 artists are amazing.

    One of my favorites has become Karen Brenner. She does colorful, powerful paintings of horses that show their individual personality. She is working on a series called "Beautiful Horses". So far she has done "The Beautiful Horses of Ohio, Texas and Michigan" and is planning "The Beautiful Horses Of Pennsylvania". Her paintings can be seen on the web at

    I love the internet! Now I have access to beautiful art from all over the world.

  2. Wow.

    LOL.....I can barely cut and paste on my computer.....

    Did I say WOW????

  3. DeviantArt has so many amazing artists. I just have photography up there (same user name as on here), but I'm in a drawing class right now, so I'll probably put some of that up, too.
    I like to draw horses, but I can never get it right, especially the legs :(.

  4. You mean there ARE people on dA that don't steal images of resins and call them originals? wow.

  5. Hey now Pat! I am one who puts originals up on DA. Granted I dont have many but they are there.

    Art Blog My Art

  6. What a small internet so to speak, watching this blog for a few weeks, didn't know you hailed from DA :P I'm alexandrabirchmore btw

    I do like Moodymand's stuff especially

  7. DrDillyDally said...
    What a small internet so to speak, watching this blog for a few weeks, didn't know you hailed from DA :P I'm alexandrabirchmore btw

    Cool! I have Faved some of your stuff.

  8. Unfortunately there is a lot of "un-original" work at the Deviant Art site. The pencil work by Amanda Drage is nothing more than a lovely pencil copy of a published photograph by famous photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Do a search on his name and you will find his beautiful original photo immediately or see it here:

  9. Still, do you have any idea how hard it is to draw from a photo? I'm in the process of drawing a photo a took recently, and it's freakin' tough! Although she drew from someone else's photo without giving them credit, I'd give her kudos for making it look so good.

  10. That's my friend Christine! We went to college together! She is AWESOME!

  11. Actually, I do know how hard it is to draw from a photo, as I used to be an accomplished charcoal and pencil artist before I gave it up for other pursuits. She did a very nice job and I noticed she does give credit to the original photographer. I just hate to see such obvious copies of someone else's original piece being copied and made public.

  12. I aplaud all the orginal art found on dA. I do NOT have any use for thier 'administration' and those untalented, unoriginal, inimaginative folks on there who have nothing better to do than to steal other people's stuff. And then have the guts to "copyright" the illegal derivitave work, AND have the nerve to be angry when they get caught. I direct you to these two threads on Model Horse Blab:

    To me, it appears quite a widespread problem, and I'm only familiar with the thieves outed over horse sculptures!!

    DON'T copy other peoples work!!! There are plenty of free and legal sources of reference material to be had, why be so bleepin' lazy!? Even people in NEW YORK CITY can if they actually TRY find a LIVE horse from which to work, or photograph themselves for future use.

  13. Shoot, sorry those two links aren't "hot". I dont' know how to do that!

  14. hello
    thank you for the compliments on my artwork.

    as for the references issue,

    yes that drawing was copied from a photo by Yann Arthus Bertrand. I have actually stated that in the description. I NEVER take credit for an idea that is not mine.

    I am not making any money off this piece, nor claiming the original image as my own. I was simply inspired by a beautiful photo, enough to re-create it and then share my interpretation. Is that so bad?

    If Bertrand himself were to find this unacceptable, I would have no issue with removing it from the site.

    also I resent the 'laziness' comment, if it were directed towards art like this. it is VERY hard to find reference material of quality that is for use no-strings, especially of horses. I much prefer to use personal stock photos for reference, such as those that can be found on DA, but often these are amateur photographs that don't have the same quality or level of detail.

    And we don't all have access to studio setups, nor are we all able to take amazing photographs of our own with professional camera equipment. I would love to be able to provide my own reference photos, but for various reasons it is not that simple.

    Sorry but I felt I had to defend myself a little here.

    Thank you again for the nice comments :)
    - Amanda (moodymand)

  15. It really is a conundrum. The person who took the photograph captured that moment in time and place--used their skill to fully process the photo into their vision of that moment. The photographer might or might not do background replacement. Maybe they plan to do it in the future but post it on their website as an environmental portrait.

    The artist is inspired by the work. Copies it but with their own flair and background, and if we're lucky--asks for permission BEFORE creating it. Some write and say they're halfway through creating this, they don't want to stop, and think that's enough that we ought to grant permission. Sometimes the artist posts it and puts a link to the original image, and then there's the ones who never give attribution. Those are found out by others who know the original work, or TinEye.

    The thing that sends me off of the deep end is those who SELL this work without any sort of reference payment to the original creator. Queen of Goldfishes was one of those. She put a link on her site that got 715 hits in a month, Google Alert found it for me. She'd been selling the prints. The work was gorgeous, but how is that fair? She stopped selling at my request, offered the funds she made which I refused.

    What would be better is collaboration. I offered that to QoG, it would be wonderful to share the profits that could be made, and have her beautiful work out there. But she did not reply.

    It's one thing to do a free-hand piece. Most of my rips though have been 100% overlays, verifiable in photoshop. And that is simply not fair.

    stealersweep over at DA

  16. moodymand, I'm sorry if I insulted you, but yes, I do think it's lazy and unoriginal to copy ANY other work.

    And there's no gray area. If it's copyrighted, that's the end of the line. Take the time to find out who owns the RIGHTS to the image/sculpture/other art work and GET PERMISSION. Deriviative works DO include the 2-D rendering of a 3-D sculpture. The other artist spent just as much time creating the original. Probably more in terms of the higher quality sculptures being ripped off.

    The only difference between fan art and theft is being caught, and if the original artist cares enough to persue the theft of the image.

    Yes, ANYBODY with a bit of will and mind to do it can indeed find animals to photograph. You may not like all the poses you catch, but you would become proficient if you tried. There are hundreds of horseshows across the country every weekend, in every discipline and for every breed. Go find one. The bigger shows have official photogs. They may even be willing to help you take some nice pictures if you introduce yourself and explain your goals.

    sign a liability release and you can stand in my paddock all day taking pictures of my kids.

  17. I am not going to get into the using resins as reference debate, since a) this is not something I do, and b) I do happen to disagree with it. A lot of the kids doing that were/are not giving any kind of credit at all, and that is something I find infuriating.

    However I will admit I tend to assume giving credit will be enough. I am not claiming the image as my own, the drawing itself yes (hence the watermark) but not the *image*. I would hope people would be able to work this out for themselves, but in case they do not, I have emailed the admin of Bertrand's website (I cannot find a contact for the man himself) and if they or he wish me to remove the drawing I will do so.

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