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Sandokan IV by AmandaDrage Sandokan IV by AmandaDrage
Portrait of Andalusian stallion Sandokan IV. The reference photo is by Robin Benefiel aka ~hoodsey - used with kind permission! (This particular photo isn't on dA, but check out ~hoodsey's gallery for more photos of him. He is pretty awesome.)

You might remember I drew this stallion for my 2012 Christmas card image...

I think this one is better though ;)

Derwent Drawing colour pencils, pastels, and conte on A3 velour paper.
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Emlis Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one is really pretty!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
:) Thank you very much!
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JourneyLust Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
So beautiful!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Many thanks! :)
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greenstables Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I LOVE the color oh him!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Kind of silvery :) Thank you!
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Devynn Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You are SOOOO totally making me want to break out my pastels and velour paper!

*drool*
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Bahhhhh DO IT! I am finding the pastel/CP/velour paper so enjoyable. I almost gave up on my oil stuff. :XD:
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Devynn Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The only thing I don't like abotu the velour (and the reason I stopped using it) was because it's soo not very durable. I'm going to try this colourfix paper. Then maybe I'll jump back to velour for a little while :). (especially since I have a bunch anyway)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
How do you mean? I find if I press too hard it can get icky but it's okay for me so far! I want to try Colourfix too, and suedeboard, and pastelbord... so many to try out! I have two large pieces of sanded paper to try, I have no idea what brand they are though. I'm worried with that and Colourfix that I'd have no pastels left at the end. LOL
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Devynn Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I've only ever used soft pastels on it, so the pigment flakes/rubs off without a lot of fixative.

I tried sandpaper once. I hated it. It's not worth it--eats the pastel away faster than anything else.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Ahh, ok. I haven't had that happen yet, touch wood!! And I've been avoiding fixative!

Yeah, someone else said that about the sanded paper too. I'll give it a go, but I've just got to decide what to put on it!
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Devynn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ok, I'm having one of those moments where I'm seeing a cultural difference between us haha. "Touch wood" I take it is the British version of "Knock on wood?" I'm curious now :D.

Well, I mean more has the potential for rubbing off. I've had some that kinda faded a bit when they were moved because the pastel doesn't stay on very well without fixative.

Sanded paper is the WORST for that! It doesn't matter how much fixative you put on it. It just comes right off, it seems.

Keep in mind also that I never did a colored pencil/pastel combination. I always went for the straight up pastel, and I like to put it on thick.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Lol, yes! It's the same as knock on wood.

Well fingers crossed that won't happen to me. I just got my recent velour horses framed and I haven't taken them out of the bubblewrap to really inspect them yet. I hate wrapping them back up so I don't really want to unwrap them... but I should take a look. They looked okay when I checked them over at the framers before they wrapped them! And yes I'm hoping the CP will be a lot more stable than pastel; it looks that way so far.
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bsbhorsegirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in awe over how you made the made the mane have that natural, feathery look.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
:) Thank you. The velour surface seems to help! Normally I have the hardest time with manes/tails!!
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bsbhorsegirl Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know, right? With mine, they can come out looking stiff, or else get lost in the horse's body.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Yeah, it's easy to mess them up :lol:
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Finnisterre Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The sheer level of detail in this picture is phenomenal! Everything looks so soft and silken, from the sheen of his coat and soft wrinkled muzzle to his long dark mane. Your patience and attention to detail is truly amazing :D May I ask how you produced the brilliant flecks of light in his mane and forelock?

Sorry if I come across as sycophantic, but your art really does blow the few remaining circuits in my mind and leaves me struggling to find words to talk about it ^^;
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
The white flecks of light in the mane were done with the sharp corner of a white pastel stick. I'd have done it with a pencil preferably, but the sticks have better covering power, over the top of everything else! I just had to stop every four or so "flecks" and re-sharpen the edge.

Thank you very much indeed for the very kind comments. No need to apologise - comments like these give an artist the strength and enthusiasm to keep going when they are having an uninspired or self-negative moment. So thank you! :hug:
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Finnisterre Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the detailed response! I appreciate you sharing some of your trade secrets ;P

You're welcome! It really was my pleasure :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
That's ok ;) Bahhh, I have no secrets! At least I don't think I do... hehe. I'm quite willing to share my experiences and methods! And failings :lol:
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LouiseMarieFineArt Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so good Amanda, really lovely :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Thank you Louise! :)
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:love: Wonderful...just love this one!!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
:w00t: Thank you so much! :hug:
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KiraArts Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
stunning :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Many thanks! Glad you like :)
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zusse Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful! IN the first place ofcourse your model is just gorgeous and I love the rough texture and lighting in your drawing!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Thank you! :) Yes what a stunning model, a LOT of fun to draw. I want to draw him yet again... 3rd time!! Haha.
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zusse Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha that's great, I can imagine that!
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PortraitsbyCaroline Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great composition, beautifully done again :-)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thanks so much :) I'm quite fond of this one.
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thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
I think this is one of my favourites from you! I just love everything about this piece; the majestic looking horse, the shiny coat, amazing colours and gorgeous lightning! Brilliant, brilliant job, keep it up! :love:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Ah, awesome! Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I will try to!! :XD: I'm glad you liked! :hug:
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thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Haha you're the most welcome indeed! :glomp:
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msmith1970 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Love it!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thanks so much! Glad you do :)
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artistic-dream Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I love the atmosphere in this one. He's definitely got presence, and you've captured it beautifully. An absolute stunner!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thanks so much!! That's nice to hear :) from his photos you can tell he has a bit of presence...
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rheacharlotte Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely wonderful! stunning stunning stunning :heart:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thank you thank you thank you!! :XD: :hug:
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AlixBelo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning work!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thank you so much! :heart:
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Dragonfairy28 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He's my new fave (as well as 'headlong') love it :D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Aw, thank you :hug: Glad you like this one!! I do too :XD: ;)
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Crimson-Mane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible. Love the mane! :heart:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thanks so much! :hug: Usually manes are a beeyatch to draw... this time the velour paper seemed to make it flow much easier!
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Kichai Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably one of the most incredible pieces I've seen from you. Fantastic!! :clap:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Aw, thank you! I'm glad you liked it! :) I have to say I have a soft spot for this one tight now too, haha!
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