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Cortana by AmandaDrage Cortana by AmandaDrage
"Cortana" is a PRE x Appaloosa mare. Referenced from a photograph taken by Merel Bormans, with kind permission. [link] Website: www.merelbormans.com

Again the white areas are all conte stick, with some pastel and Derwent Drawing coloured pencil details. A4 size Daler-Rowney Ingres pastel paper.
I was originally going to add snowfall and some cold breath (inspired by the snowy weather here right now!) but decided if I did that, I'd have to add a background... and I hadn't planned ahead for that so I left it.

Not sure what to do with it right now - the conte is quite loose on the pastel paper so really it would need fixing, but fixing ruins the whites...! Maybe put it somewhere flat and just never touch it again :XD:
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mshell27 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
She reminds me of my first horse, she looked just like her. This is absolutely beautiful and brings back fond memories of my old friend.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it. You're lucky to have owned a horse like that. I adore pale horses with freckles.
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Cylistarr Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Simply incredible. This is so beautiful and realistic, I bow to your talent!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Wow, thank you very much. :) Glad you like it!
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ChristianCowgirl116 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing! Just STUNNING!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it :heart:
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Freckles! :XD:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Got to love a horse with freckles! And people with freckles too. ;)
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed! :D
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Scotston Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You have been featured :)

[link]
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Yes, I saw it earlier :heart: Thank you again!!
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helekri Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Those spots are very cute! Very nice work as always. I really like the background colour and I think this doesn't need the snowfall etc. -- glad you decided against it!

Just to jump in on the conversation you had with ~Misted-Dream... Re: fixatives, have you tried this one? [link]
I bought one way back when, but have yet to try it on a proper painting. On my test it performed fairly well. Of course in time there might be changes, but haven't seen any reports.

Also, have you tried fixing from the back? Or fixing one layer from the top (ie. adding very thin "clean" layers on top of fixed painting)? Useful tricks.

I'm too scared to try that LH framing trick too, but I'm quite tempted to frame a pastel painting between two glasses. Would look so cool! Though that would requite a proper painting to try it on... I'm always hesitant to frame anything because I know I'll start disliking the work soon enough. :D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Oh, glad you think so! Thank you :)

I have not tried that one, no. Interesting. Maybe one to try.
I didn't know you could fix from the back! It just soaks in, then?? Hmm. And I work in chunks, completing as I go, not really in layers, so I don't know if I could use the fix-one-layer-from-the-top trick.

I need to try the Harrison way. If I experiment, I'll be sure to report back on my findings. :D
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helekri Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... erm, late again but:
Yeah, fixing from the back soaks through the paper and fixes the bottom layers of the pastel. That way you still get the brightness of colour with some support. It's not the sure-fire way to fix but it's oftentimes an adequate fail-safe. (That way you can use a lower quality fixative if you don't have anything else at hand.)

Neglected to mention a couple of "methods of fixing" in my original comment (and didn't bother to check if someone else had brought these up): steaming and (hot) water. I'm not too sure if you'd like the effect, and there can be problems with yellows and yellow ochres, but for full disclosure... :) Also, painting on wet surface is one way to go.

And please do report if you try the Harrison way! I never get the nerve to try myself (or a piece I'd like to try it with).
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Well this is old but... I haven't tried the Harrison way yet, nor any of the methods of fixing you mentioned as I have been using velour paper lately, and tend to use more coloured pencils than pastel... But I have made a note of all this to try. Thank you for sharing!
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Finnisterre Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, she has an amazing pattern of markings! You've done such a great job rendering the pink and black skin under the white fur, and I love her expression -- she looks very intelligent, and very kind here :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
She does indeed have a lovely pattern of freckles/spots! I really enjoyed drawing her :) Thank you very much!
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Finnisterre Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You enjoyed drawing her...? Is--is that even allowed when creating art? =P

Bad jokes aside, you're very welcome :D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I hope so, or else I'm doing it all very wrong!! :XD:
Actually today I got a bit maxed-out on the painting and I started to make bad choices and get irritable with it. THAT'S the way to do it! :lol:
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xXKillerCatXx Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! This is just amazing! :wow: Beautiful!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Thank you :hug: I'm glad you like it!
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xXKillerCatXx Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome :meow:
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Fafanny15 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student
Woaw :heart:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
;) Glad you like it! :hug:
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koniara983 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing ! *.*
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thanks very much, glad you like! :)
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! This is stunning
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thank you, glad you like it!! :)
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hennap Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning work!!!!!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thanks :glomp: you're too kind to me! :lol:
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hennap Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome :aww:
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Lykketrollet84 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaaaw, this is so beautiful! Put it in a frame behind glass and never touch it again! ;)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thank you! I think I may have to do that! :D
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
very nice
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thank you very much :)
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
my pleasure
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artistic-dream Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I love the skin colouring in this ~ especially where it's just showing through the coat. Beautiful :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thank you! I was hoping I'd be able to recreate that! I love pink skin and freckles on horse faces!
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Citron--Vert Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feature your wonderful deviation here [link]
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Oh! thank you! I missed this!
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meihua Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
You really portrayed the delicate skin patterns quite well!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Thank you so much :) That was fun!
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sunwolf29 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Here is my mare lol [link]

BTW if you ever want any reference horse photos - I have a bunch uploaded, you are welcome to use any of them free no worries I hoep this link works [link]
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Aw how pretty she is... LOVE those freckles!!
And thank you! I've saved a few - will let you know if I use any! ;)
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sunwolf29 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Amazing! I have a white appy - other then my mare is always looking at me grumpy, and this one has such a nice kind expressive eye, it could be the same horse. Lovely job, I really love the skin spots showing through the white hairs - looks so lovely.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Thanks so much :) I enjoyed those spots!
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Kamieno Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply stunning!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Thank you! :) Glad you like!
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crystalcookart Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this Amanda! I think the no background works so well with this portrait. And that is something I find so frustrating about pastel, charcoal, and conte, it is so hard to keep it safe!!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Thanks Crystal! Glad you like :) Yes I still don't really know what will happen with this one. I think the best bet is to frame it myself, and make a buffer between the mat and drawing so there is a well for the pastel dust to collect into. Or frame it directly onto the glass... as recommended by Lesley Harrison, but I'm scared to try it!!
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