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Sundragon by AmandaDrage Sundragon by AmandaDrage
This is CW River of Gold, a dunskin overo stallion owned by Kim Stambaugh. You can see his Facebook fan page here: [link]
This is also where the reference photo came from. Used with kind permission from Kim. [link]

I was intending to add ears at the top, and I actually did, but I decided it looks better cropped, as in the ref photo - it has a bit of impact. And this way it ties in with my series of horses with odd crops and block-colour backgrounds. (See also Untitled, Warmblood, Cortana, as well as Arnie, and a Friesian on a turquoise background, who are both still in progress.)

Derwent Drawing soft coloured pencils and pastels on A3 coloured velour paper.
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Lacework-Stables Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

This is beautiful!

I wish my traditional looked even half that amazing.

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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Thank you so much... I'm glad you liked this :)
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Animalka1 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks very powerful! I love your style! :D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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Animalka1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem ^^
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DOLI125 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful job! I love traditional art, and every artist as is special touch!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Thank you very much! You are right about that :)
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DOLI125 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome!
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hennap Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really gorgeous, I love it:heart:
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! This is one of my faves I think!
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hennap Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It has to be, it is amazing, so you're welcome :aww:
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equestriad Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE ITTTT
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
:w00t: Thank you!!
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theOvercoat Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
gorgeous colours and I really love the way you cropped it. it does add something to the drawing :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thanks so much :) And I'm glad you think so. I wish I could take credit for the crop, unfortunately it's just the same as in the ref photo! Which is why I tried adding ears, so I could at least say I changed something... but it just didn't work out :lol: This way was better.
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Kichai Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is definitely one of my all-time favourites of yours. It's so dynamic! The details are crazy good, too.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Aw thank you so much :) Glad you like it! I'm picking up the framed version soon, I'm excited to see how it looks.
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YOB Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing details :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Thank you!! :D Gotta keep those pencils sharp lol
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Finnisterre Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, the first WIP sketches did not do justice to this guy! His pose is so dynamic and powerful, it literally feels like he's about to explode off the page bucking and hopping.

The contrast between the dark shadows of the neck and his pale, almost invisible white patches on his flank are really eye catching, but the most eye-catching part for me is his eyes--they look almost luminous with the darker tones you've added. The cropped look feels like the right decision, focusing attention squarely on his face and those eyes I might have mentioned ;)

He's a beautiful horse, and you've captured him wonderfully here :D I can't hit that fav button fast enough!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Wow, thank you. Those are all the reasons that drew me to draw this... the contrast especially. And the eyes! I love light-coloured eyes on a horse. So intense.
Thank you so much for the wonderful comment on this! :hug:
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ThunderboltFire Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
How beautifull!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
:) Thanks, I'm glad you like!
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PortraitsbyCaroline Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work Amanda, think you have the same addition as me ... drawing and painting horses whenever you can... keep it up!!xx
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Definitely!! I'm working on some non-horse stuff right now to balance out my table for Saturday's show... I'm reaching out into the pet portrait market. But after that - back to the horses!!
Thank you very much :)
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, there it is!
Simply amazing, I love your style! The shading and the realism... :omg:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Aw, thank you. :) I'm glad you like it! I try to pick ideas and references with good shadows/lights if I can!
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, you did a perfect job on this! :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
:hug: :)
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing as always! I love the lighting and the colors here. And the hind legs are especially well done :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thanks so much :) It was a cool ref photo! Haha yes, I'm quite proud of those legs... :XD:
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Haha, I can see why! :D Keep up the awesome work :aww:
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sketcherjak Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Woo!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
:w00t: YEAH!
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Dragonfairy28 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :) I really like the expression he has.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thanks so much :) It's quite an intense face... Although all horses with blue eyes have that kind of intense staring look to them :lol:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Fantastic! I'm loving the unconventional cropping here, like you said it increases the impact and 'zoom' of the piece so to speak :) Astounding job on anatomy and colouring, as always :love:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thank you! Well I wish I could take credit for the crop! On occasion I can, but this time the composition and crop is lifted straight from the photo. I felt I couldn't improve on it, hehe. It was a good shot.
:hug: Thanks for the lovely comment :D
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SamWightman Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Gorgeous piece :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thanks so much!! :)
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Marcysiabush Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
beautifull , verry lifelike, and so dynamic :clap:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thank you very much indeedy! :)
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Marcysiabush Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're most welcome !! :squee:
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EdeAlmeida Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks awesome - precisely like the photograph! Great work!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it :)
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JennyMoedKorpela Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad that you were able to keep the background paper without coloring it as you spoke of earlier, because it is perfect for the horses coat!Its gorgeous!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Yes, me too. I only wanted to add a background as I felt it was too heavy on one side, but then I remembered I can just crop it with a knife and get it framed to the size and composition I want... :slow: :lol: I'm silly sometimes.
Glad you like it, thank you!!
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JennyMoedKorpela Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
=D
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   General Artist
Beautiful work on a beautifully-posed beautiful horse :love:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thank you beautiful Mel on this beautiful day (um...night) here on this beautiful (NOT) website!
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