swordwhale’s art class


Horses 101…

even the pros make more mistakes than you can imagine…

The point is, it’s ridiculously easy to google pictures of horses. Of their actual colors, patterns (pinto, leopard complex, zebra hybrids, brindles, chimeras, roans, and somatic mutations), gear (and how it actually works), and how a rider really sits on a horse, of gaits, action, expressions. Good artists do not draw from their imagination until they have understood reality. The best animators study real animals first, then cartoon, exaggerate, and animate (you have to understand the reality to know what to exaggerate, and what to understate).  And don’t tell me “it’s only for five year olds”… a well told/illustrated story is rooted in truth. Kids, especially, need well constructed, authentic tales.



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