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ESS 2012: Agentdarkhorse by kalmanen ESS 2012: Agentdarkhorse by kalmanen
My ESS piece for this year! :) I got ~AgentDarkhorse and chose their character Big Daddy, a obertauer stallion with a very interesting coat colour. I've painted so much snow in the last couple of days... xD

I hope you like this, Agentdarkhorse!
//15 years later I finally get around that A/N:

- Main reference/inspiration for the image.

I'm honestly dumbfounded by all the positive comments I've gotten, especially about the mane - when I was working on this, I felt like it wasn't the best I could pull off but apparently I was wrong xD The original piece is about 1500x2000 pixels and it was all done in Sai, in course of approx. two days. I had the idea in my mind for a longer period (thank you, ~helekri, for saying to me "you'll do something interesting!") as this is the result of that.
I will keep pushing my boundaries with future artwork and as always, I'm most grateful for all the feedback! :heart:
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:iconauraleyki:
Auraleyki Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Loving that mane :icondroolplz:
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:iconkalmanen:
kalmanen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thanks so much :XD:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Wau, tää on upea! :omg:
Tosi eläväinen pose, liike näkyy sekä koko kropassa että harjassa ja hännässä!
Ihanat ja raikkaat värit myös, tästä todella henkii sellainen kaunis, aurinkoinen pakkaspäivä. :heart:
Puutkin näyttää mielenkiintoisilta, syntyy hauska kontrasti selvästi rajatun hevosen ja abstraktihtavien (hirviä sanahirviö) puiden kanssa. :clap:

Yritän tässä kovasti keksiä jotain rakentavaa kritiikkiä, mutta koska ei nyt kertakaikkiaan irtoa, niin joudut tyytymään pelkkiin kehuihin. ;)
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:iconkalmanen:
kalmanen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Kiitoksia kovasti jälleen kerran <3 Sun kommentteja on aina ilo lukea :) Voi kamala, en tiedä selviänkö kaikkien näiden kehujen keskellä ;)
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Koitas nyt vaan selvitä, kehuja tulee nimittäin satelemaan myös tulevaisuudessa! :iconraindanceplz:
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BrokenHoofbeats Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks wonderful, Kalms!! I'm in love with the soft feel of your style! It's great! I want to reach out and feel his hair! And the background is just fabulous! :faint: Love it!!
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:iconkalmanen:
kalmanen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Thanks so much dear :hug:
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:iconbluebauble:
bluebauble Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Lovely horse! : D I always struggle with trees - how did you paint yours? The texture in them is great.
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:iconkalmanen:
kalmanen Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Thanks so much blue :) These trees are actually worlds simplest: they're just two layers of paint. I had downloaded some brushes to Sai ages ago, and one of them is called Gourds. First layer is the brown, I use a rather big brush and give the shape of the tree trunk, then with a smaller one do the branches. The layer on top of that, I use the same brush but slightly smaller than before, and do a paintover with white. That gives the birch-like effect and nice texture :) On the branches, I use a rather small brush size again and repeat xD Then just slap the layers together and paint some snow on the bottom lol
I don't usually do Sai-specific things like this, but basically you can get the same effect by first doing the brown layer, then the white layer and then using eraser with a setting that gives it a jagged edge. Then use the jagged edge to create the texturized birch-effect and again, slap layers together when you're done :)
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The-Blonde-Pony-Bear Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this piece to bits I think the horse just takes my breath away :heart:
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:iconkalmanen:
kalmanen Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Thank you so much <3 :)
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The-Blonde-Pony-Bear Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome!
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:iconhelekri:
helekri Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oo. :wow:
No tausta ainakin on ihan täys kymppi.

Muutenkin kyllä varmaan paras sun tekemä työ. En nyt osaa kauheasti eritellä, mutta siis ihanaa pehmeyttä, hyvä tarkkuus + syvyys, kiva paletti jne.

Jos nyt jotain kehitettävää pitäis keksiä, niin lumi näyttää vieläkin vähän liikaa pilviltä ja hevosessa vois olla enemmän tekstuureja ja laajempi valööriskaala. Mutta kokonaisuutena tosi kiva. Erilainen sun työksi, mutta silti selkeesti sun tekemä.

Onnistunutta.
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:iconkalmanen:
kalmanen Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Asd. Kiitoksia :tighthug: Oon täällä ihan pyörryksissä tommosista kehuista <333

Joo, lumi on ongelma :( En vaan osaa ja jotenkin semmosen lumiefektin aikaansaaminen sellaisena, kuin haluan, ei nyt oo vielä ihan handussa. Kopukka on tosi nopeesti maalattu ja "tarkoituksella" tehty aika perusmalliseksi; ei tosiaan erityisen hyvä värimaailma. Kiitoksia jälleen kamalasti, tein tän oikeastaan reilussa päivässä ja todellisella tahkoamistahdilla :XD:
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:iconr-a-j-a:
R-a-j-a Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
cool :)
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:iconkalmanen:
kalmanen Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Thanks! :)
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:iconwesternspurs:
WesternSpurs Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
;O;

DAT MANE
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:iconkalmanen:
kalmanen Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Yeeessss it took a good while to make xD thank you for the fav & comment <3
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:iconwesternspurs:
WesternSpurs Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
no prob. x3
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AgentDarkhorse Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh I love it. You made him look, just... Wow :wow: I love this so much, you got him perfectly. Thank you so much! :hug:
Happy Holidays, and thank you so much again.

Ps may I use his head as my icon?
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:iconkalmanen:
kalmanen Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I'm so glad you like it, that's the most important part! :tighthug: Of course you can, I'm so honoured you want to use it :)
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:iconagentdarkhorse:
AgentDarkhorse Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you have a wonderful christmas
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:iconkalmanen:
kalmanen Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
You as well :)
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