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I decided my girls needed some attention, especially Cora and Pavia, who really don't get drawn enough by me! :aww: So, I went reference hunting, and it all sorta started out when I found a picture that I used for the background as reference. I could just picture three happy mares taking a happy splash through the water! :XD:

So here we are! Cora, Trav and Pavia all cooling off in the lake from the summer heat! :love: I just realised that I flipped the image to get their markings right, and forgot to flip them back... so technically only Trav's markings are correct! :lmao: Oh what a bright spark I am! :shakefish: I originally hated this picture, but just carried on with it anyway! :D Then I enjoyed it when I was shading, and then hated it when I did the background! :shrug: Please don't shoot it down, my backgrounds have become so rusty, I'm quite embarrassed! :blush: And I used *Aomori's water splash tutorial, which started out well until PS died and I'd forgotten to save! :ohnoes: So I redid it, and while the splashes aren't fantastic, I'm still fairly happy with them! ^^;

But never mind! Thanks for looking, all comments and faves are greatly appreciated! :heart:

:bulletred: Corazon, Travieso and Pavia are © to Dana Cato 2011
:bulletyellow: Poses referenced from [link]
:bulletgreen: Background inspired by [link]
:bulletblue: Grass brushes by *Katikut
:bulletpurple: Tree brushes by *redheadstock
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horsesforlife Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
When I saw this i was like "omg that is so gorgeous!" everytime i see this one i think of the song Pretty girls by Iyaz. Here: [link]
Check it out if u can!
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courtnb Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
HOw did you make the reflection on the water?
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Gosh Dana, I dunno if I've ever told you this before, but you're probably the ONE person I know on DA who can made pre-made grass brushes actually look GOOD. I LOVE your meadow scenes! They're soo... lush! It's so cool :D Plus, your characters are so vibrant and delightful. It's like a playful awesome photoshoot :heart:

Not sure if you were asking for critique or not, but since you're my friend and because I love yuh, I'm giving you some anyway. Plus I'm pretty sure you can handle it XD. lol.

This is some advice I've given a lot of my friends here over the years, including Michelle and Samantha (=fictionist). You've got some really good motion and flow going with the mane and tail, as well as some awesome textures :) The next step would be to start working outside of the confines of your line art, and adding little individual stands and wisps. Hair plays in funny random ways, so don't be afraid to make a little random crazy squiggle from time to time :aww:.

Next would be the depth of field :D. Everything looks great until you get to the mountains and the clouds. Parts of the clouds look a little bit sharper than the mountains. A quick fix to that would just be to put a quick Gaussian blur on your clouds layer. :meow:

And lastly, I'm going to let you in on an awesome trick with water. I'm not sure if it would work well in this picture [it's sometimes hit and miss] but here you go anyway:
1st, take either a stock of water ripples/reflections OR grab some water brushes like these: [link]
2nd, place either the texture or the brush (big enough to fill the desired area, color white) on a new layer above your painted water.
3rd, put the layer on overlay, multiply, screen, or soft light (depending on which looks best). Play with opacity and sometimes a Gaussian blur.
End: easy realistic water :D
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Equinus Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for teh crit Cricks! :tighthug: What you've said is super helpful! :nod: Hehe I'm really not good with painting brushes and trees or any kind of foliage, that's why I'm so glad we have brushes. ^^; So I'm glad they don't look too bad! ;P
I get what you're saying about the mane and tails, adding random wisps of hair. It's something I always see, and love, but always forget! :roll: But I will remember for my future works! :D I'll also remember the depth of field, I'm such a freak about it when it comes to photography that I should be a freak when it comes to art! Usually I do blur the background a bit, altho this one I didn't, and looking at it, I think you're right, it'd work with this background cus it's so detailed. Eeeeeeek! Thank you for those brushes! :love: The ones I have now are a little uninspiring, but those are fantastic! I'm totally gonna get them and play! :w00t:
Thank you so much! Now I want to draw and put it all into play! :icongwomp: :heart:
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MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am always so envious of the way you draw water, Dana! :wow: This looks amazing. And it's wonderful to see your beautiful mares again! :love: I love your designs. :heart: Lovely work as always, babes!
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Equinus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much Michelle! :glomp: :D Hehe I must admit, I do love drawing water, it's fun! :XD: And it was awesome to draw them again as well, it's been ages! :aww: Glad you like it!
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LuisaVFM Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: this is amazing!!! Absolutly brilliant!! :la:

Their expressions are amazing :love:
I love the background

well done :clap:
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe thankies so much hun! :tighthug: :D
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LuisaVFM Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome hun :glomp:
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sunsetluvr247 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Wow, Dana! This is beautiful! :faint: It is great to see these 3 pretty gals all in one drawing together! :giggle:

I really love the way you drew their poses, and it really brings each of them out in their own way. :nod: :love: I really like how Trav is in the middle, too. She is so gorgeous! :faint: I love her pretty smile and her colors and markings. :heart: Cora looks gorgeous, with her pretty purple markings and her gorgeous mane and tail. And Pavia looks amazing with her gorgeous green eyes! :faint: Their expressions are so pretty, and you can tell how much fun they are having! :lol: :D The shading and highlights bring out their muscles very well, and their manes and tails are so pretty, with a shine to them that is just shiny enough. :D I really like the way you did their reflections, too, and they look so perfect! :wow: Which brings me to the water. The water looks fantastic, with the ripples and reflections, of both the characters and the sky. :aww: The mountains in the background look fanastic, too! I love the detail you put into them, with all of the shading and the highlights on the top. :nod: I also really love that pretty blue sky and the single big cloud. :love:

Dana, I really love this one! :glomp: I think you should be very proud of it, and how amazing you made all of these girlies look! It is great to see them all together! :love: :tighthug:
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww... thank you soooo much hun! :icongwompplz: I always love seeing your comments and going through them! :iconiloveitplz: And I'm glad you like it! Whenever I feel down, and post art that I don't feel happy with, you guys always manage to make me feel better, and feel grateful for the talent that I do have! :aww: So thank you hun for your wonderful words and constant awesome support! :iconilyplz:
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sunsetluvr247 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Aww, you're very welcome! :glomp: :icongwomp: And thank you for your kind words, also! :heart: :tighthug:
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kagetora4ever Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
They are really adorable! :aww:
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kagetora4ever Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
They are really adorable! :aww:
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw thank you hun! :glomp:
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kagetora4ever Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome dear :hug:
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cerona Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful :love: It makes me wish it was Summer again :lmao: I think the water is actually my favourite part of this picture - it looks so refreshing and clear, so cool and just yummy! :iconlovepinkplz:
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe aw thank you! :tighthug: Hehe hopefully summer will be coming soon to you guys, altho I wish it would stay warm here at the same time too! :giggle:
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Kukulein Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awww this looks sooo nice! :iconiloveitplz: !!
I really love your three girls, and this picture is sooo reminding me of summer, and I can tell you I really MISS the summer! :XD: :heart:
.. Three beauties in one picture, I know what Adlon would say to this ... :love:
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankies so much hun! :glomp: Hehe I missed drawing these girls, goodness, it's been too long! I'm hoping to draw my charries more this year! :love: Aw well hopefully summer will be for you guys soon! Then you can go outside without freezing! :giggle:
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Celleno Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow this is a masterpiece! :wow: Their poses are so well done and the background is breathtaking. It makes me with it was spring/summer already because I'm getting tired of snow. I love the beautiful blue color you chose for the water and their reflections are so well done as well as the splashes of water. Do you remember how many hours this took you?
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw thank you so very much dear! :glomp: Hehe I'll send some warmer weather over for you, I'm sure after a while snow can get a little boring! ;P This took me quite a while, I actually started it right after Christmas, but worked on and off when I had time. So.... perhaps 15 hours altogether I would say! :D
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HipsterHorsie Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Just lovely. :love: Love the reflection in the pool and everyone really stands out. :lol: The colors go well. :clap: Another awesome picture.
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much dear! :hug:
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HipsterHorsie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome. :glomp:
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xEntourage Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
:wow: ....!!! :iconlawooplz:

Look at this. I mean, LOOK AT THIS! Wow, Dana, you've surpassed yourself.. AGAIN:faint:. This is a-ma-zing - I love Cora, Pav and Trav, they look so damn sexy in this picture!:drool: And don't you even dare to complain about your backgrounds on Twit!:XD: Ofcourse, everyone can improve, but this background is stunning!:wow: The water looks so realistic and fresh, I want to dive right in it!:eager: And I shouldn't forget to mention the field in the back! Those shades of green are really gorgeous.
Seriously, I can't wait to see where you come up with in the rest of 2011 :+fav::heart:
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe aw thank you so much Manon! :icongwompplz: Your words make me want to keep drawing, to know someone it's appreciated! :aww: Hehe I was going through such an art block with my background, I was ready to jump into my PC and shout at the background til it came right! :giggle: Thank you again for being so supportive! :tighthug:
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xEntourage Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
You're the most welcome Dana!:iconnewglomp:
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BVicius Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous. I love the detail in the background, and if you are out of practice, you can't tell. I love Travs cheeky grin, and I think your splash came out wonderfully! :heart:
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe aw thank you so much luv! :glomp: :aww:
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Rohavon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so darn gorgeous! I love the horses and the background.I love how you used diffrent shades in the water and grass.
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: :D
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SpiritStallion4Ever Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Girl Power!! Nice job. you really out due yourself
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw thankies dear! :hug:
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ColorOfInfinity Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Beautiful! I love how pure the water looks and the horses look great! Good choice of poses :D
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:iconequinus:
Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much dear! :hug: :XD:
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ColorOfInfinity Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
You're welcome! :D
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Crimson-Mane Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Luffly! The image just oozes good warm summery vibes. Well done! :D
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe thank you so much hun! :glomp: :D
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Crimson-Mane Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart: :glomp:
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tweatle Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011   General Artist
nice work Dana, your getting soo good now!! :wow:
I didnt even notice the marking mistake, but dont worry cause i get things like that mixed up too and i dont have the "back" button with traditional :lmao: Im sure people cant tell either! :aww:

Trav and the girlies are very pretty :love: they look so happy and looks like they are having a good girls day out :) I think that background is speechless, I gotta say, its just beautiful! :heart:
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe aw thank you Kez! :glomp: Hehe yeh, sadly there is no 'back' button when you're traditional, altho I don't know how many times I've reached for an invisible keyboard to hit Ctrl+Z when I'm drawing traditionally! :lmao: Instead I realise my eraser is gonna have to do! Thank you hun, I'm glad you like it! :XD:
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tweatle Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011   General Artist
bahaha! invisible keyboard... thats classic! :lmao:
and then the eraser is dirty and it smudgessss haha that happens everytime. Not fun :/
Welcome again :)
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Glam-Nation-Stables Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful you have some awsome talent :love: wish I could do stuff like this. FAVS!
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw thank you so much! :hug: Hehe just takes lots of drawing and lots of practice! :D
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Glam-Nation-Stables Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol I'm trying lol it's so hard on some poses XD
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equigoyle Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Trees & mountains are the hardest things to draw I think.

It looks good though, really.
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Equinus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe I hate drawing trees, mountains are a little better, but trees.. eugh! :giggle: Thanks dear! :hug:
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equigoyle Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prob! :D
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BrokenHoofbeats Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student Filmographer
LOL DANA!! When I was doing our birthday giftart, I did the same thing (flipped the image) So I had Trav and Sloane's markings backward, but I figured to just keep them and then change Rowan's :lmao: It sucks when that happens :laughing:


They look so beautiful!! I really like Pavia :drool: She is soooo pretty!! :love: Everything is so beautiful in this piece :love: :love: :love: And seriously, don't even get me started on your backgrounds... GWAH!!! So basically, you're awesome :P I love it!
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