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Snowblind by AmandaDrage Snowblind by AmandaDrage
apparently there is a film with the same name, about cocaine smuggling... I'm not making any references to drugs here ok? It's getting harder and harder to come up with names lol!

My Christmas card image for this year. I was able to work on it over the past few days. (Illness has its benefits, namely time off work! The downside is my ribcage feels like it has been punched repeatedly by a bear, thanks to three days straight of coughing fits.)

Anyway. I said I wouldn't really do digital anymore, but it doesn't take as long to do as a trad piece... and I am short on time. (I haven't ordered my cards yet.) Plus, I always forget how much fun it is. :) I enjoyed this a lot. It made me forget I felt like crap. YAY!

The horse is referenced from a photo by Robin Benefiel aka ~hoodsey, with special permission. The photo's not on dA, but I'll see if I can get a link.
The background was inspired by several Christiane Slawik photos on a winter theme, but not copied from any of them. I sort of hashed it together and gave it in artsy feel ;) (my excuse for not being able to paint convincing backgrounds...)

Corel Painter and Photoshop.

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SheWolff Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One word - WOW! :heart:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Aw, thank you. :hug: I'm glad you like!!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
*snorts* That disclaimer about the cocaine film kinda got me XD This is a gorgeous painting though, with the most lovely wintery feel to it. What beautiful colour this horse has - was it like that in the reference too or was it your own choice? Must say I have never seen a horse with such an interesting mix of bluish grey and copper grey. Very lovely :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Haha, well gotta write disclaimers for everything these days :XD: Thank you very much indeed. The horse was very shiny and almost silvery in the reference!! I think it's a combination of the horse's actual coat colour and the photography/editing style of Robin Benefiel, who took the photo. Her account here is ~hoodsey, here's another photo she took of the same horse, Sandokan: hoodsey.deviantart.com/art/San… Looking back at this drawing now, the blue-grey and copper-grey areas seem to be quite separate - not very well blended. I guess that's lazy artsmanship on my part :lol: or perhaps I did not notice at the time!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Wow, that truly is an amazing coat, like quicksilver or something :wow: Haha, ah well, always something to learn for the next time round! ;D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Yeah it's super shiny! And I agree, an art piece should always teach you something by the time you finish it, no matter how small! :)
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Wolf-Smith Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks as though he is made of cobalt... So much power... :awe:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Thank you so much :)
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What a fantastic horse! So gorgeous, lovely colors!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Thank you! Glad you like it :)
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lantairvlea Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And yet when I hear the word the Styx song automatically pops in my head ... Obviously I'm not running in the same circles as others.

Lovely piece. I enjoy how well tied-in he is with his surroundings, that slate blue was a good choice and definitely brings in that feeling of crisp, winter days.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I don't know it I'm afraid! Would look it up but alas no sound card in this computer... useless I know.

Many thanks, I'm glad you liked it! I would be happy for that feeling to go away now. The novelty of snow has well and truly worn off for this year and I want some darned sun. LOL
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lantairvlea Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I usually have my sound off so my having one is something useless.

You're welcome!

Well, we could trade weather. Arizona, the land of the eternal sun could use a few cold, gloomy days!
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like to just come back and look at this cause it's so SHINY :iconsqueeeplz:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Hahaha. It is indeed quite a shiny pony. Everyone loves dem shiny ponies!! :XD: :hug:
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hennap Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is just gorgeous, love everything about this piece!!!:love:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thanks so much :love:!!
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hennap Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most Welcome :)
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Demon57 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
cheerful and look fabulous!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thank you! Glad you like :)
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LouiseMarieFineArt Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is fantastic Amanda
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Thank you very much :)
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LouiseMarieFineArt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your welcome :)
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Bonniemarie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
oh my this is so magical! Love the shine on the horse's coat!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thanks so much, I'm glad you like it! :)
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Kelpie77 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice one, great movement and the background mash-up works very well :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Zarac Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, you did an awesome job on this. It's always so pleasant to see your art and how good you are both digitally and traditionally :heart:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Thank you so much, that's really nice to hear :) :heart:
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S1oane Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is incredible!! :wow:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Glad you like it, thanks so much :)!
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artistic-dream Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
This must look fantastic as a Christmas card. I keep meaning to do my own Christmas cards, but haven't ever managed it yet ~ one year I'll actually get organised in time!!

I love the wintery feel that so many other people have commented on, and I love the feeling of wild power you've captured in the horse. The light and contrast in the coat are fantastic, and I love the softness of the mane and tail.

Beautiful work :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
It looks pretty nice, save for the fact that cheapo Vistaprint doesn't seem able to recreate the colours I used... Maybe something to do with profiles, but the other places I've used never had a problem. My cards came out almost monochrome! Oh well... Vistaprint was all my budget could stretch to this year!

Thanks so much :) I will probably have to paint this horse in oils, too. You should see his mane. It's hidden in this drawing (as in the ref photo I used) but it's very long and showy... he's a stunner in action, from the photos I've seen!
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crystalcookart Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! The light on the horse is gorgeous!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Thanks so much! :)
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peachesrox Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow gorgeous!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Thanks so much :heart:!
Merry Christmas :)
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peachesrox Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
your welcome :hug:
and to you too! :)
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The fur and hair detailing is absolutely stunning! I also really enjoy the colours in the coat
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Thank you very much indeed, glad you like! Merry Christmas! :heart:
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! Merry Christmas to you too :D
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Avidest Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness, you are such an amazing artist. Oh this is just beautiful.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Aw, I try hehe. Thanks so much. :heart: I'm glad you like it! :blushes:
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Skye-Fate Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Even if you haven't done digital in a while, it looks great to me! :heart:
It's just the color, the shine, the realistic flowing mane... completely and utterly gorgeous.
And who says you can't paint convincing backgrounds? I beg to differ, lady! :hug:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
aw thank you so much! I was kind of happy with the mane, usually I'm not because they're the worst part haha!!
I'm glad you like :heart:
and Merry Christmas to you! :santa:
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Skye-Fate Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student General Artist
You're most welcome! :hug:
No, they really aren't! I really love the way you paint and draw them, honestly :ohnoes:
Hehe, thanks! To you as well, a very late one though. xD
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Hehe, well thank you! :XD: :hug:
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ZsofiaGyuker Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
OMG that's amazinggg! I love this whole picture :) It's so winterish. Uhm I hate winter. But if they'd show me this painting, that this is winter I'd probably LOVE winter :giggle: Seriously breathtaking! Oh and that blue shade :heart: Mmmm loving this :wow: I guess it's one of your best :heart:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Thank you so much :) I'm glad you like it! :heart: Aw you don't like winter? Not even snow?? :giggle:
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ZsofiaGyuker Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Haha :D I don't like winter cuz of the melting snow in it eeewwww :( Though the sight of fresh snow is beautiful :D

When I was a kid I liked it much more, cuz we played snowball and built snowman :)
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