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ESS/collab - forward. by letrainfalldown ESS/collab - forward. by letrainfalldown
So this is my gift for ~Shorty-x3 for `CricketWings' Equine Secret Santa! This is her HARPG stallion, RSS Frappucino.

In the description, it says that he hates water and loves to jump so I thought that him jumping over a river would be a good way to tie those two together. :) And he's clumsy so I thought I'd add some leaves to his hair, haha.
I really hope you like it. :) I know it's not a digital painting, which is what most HARPG art is, but I do NOT have the capacity to do a digital painting (no one wants a dumpy-looking one; that would be a shame to give), so I just tried to make a wow-inducing manip instead to make up for it. :) I hope that's okay.

This wasn't meant to be a collab but it turned out being that way.
I spent 4-5 hours doing color change, hair painting, etc. and... didn't like the hair, so I asked my friend *xxCHARLiE to help me with it... Turns out she ended up hijacking it and redoing like half of it so now it's been completely "Charlie-fied" and totally in her style, haha. XD
She's the credit for all the background work and most of the lighting, as well as the shape and base of the tail, eye, and the dramatic definition (I did one set of definition, she did another XD). XD You'll want to check out the WIPs to see the massive change that this went through.

So this is actually my first color change in a manipulation. I had the HARDEST time finding a jumping chestnut Hano (first time I've had stock-searching trouble in a while) so I ended up using a friend's bay Hano-like horse (which she kindly uploaded just so I could use it XD)... and doing a massive recolor from bay to chestnut as well as removing all of the black points and white stockings. XD Took me like two hours because it's hard to get a chestnut to actually look a chestnut rather than a dull bay or crazy orange. XD

Also first time adding markings (the blaze) but that was easy, haha. (The one sock on him was from the white from the original stock image.)

And I'm going to break a record. I'm currently working on my third manipulation in a single month, woo (this is the second). XD

I actually really really like this, but I think it's more because I'm drooling over what Charlie's done. XD She's to credit for making it actually look awesome. :heart:

:bulletblue: Info:
Layers: 3 files - pre-Charlie work: 25 visible, 41 not visible; post-Charlie work (most layers were merged/scrapped): 50 visible, 13 not visible; final touches (new file): 11 visible = 86 visible + 54 = 140 total layers
Time taken: ~5 hours me + ~2-3 hours Charlie + ~2-3 hours me = 9-11 hours
WIPs: [color change], [further color change], [first try on mane/tail, version I sent to Charlie], [after Charlie's makeover]

:bulletred: Stock:
horse: [link] by ~Gothika1988
background: [link] by Limoncello at sxc.hu
leaf brushes: [link] by =arrsistable
action: The "Old Photo" Action (first one) from [link] by ~lustdrunk
manipulation: collab by Sir Charlie Designs (*xxCHARLiE) and lluvia graphics (=letrainfalldown)

As usual, all comments and critiques are highly appreciated! And thank you SO much for all your comments, :+fav:s, and critiques! :heart:
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:icongiselestudios:
GiseleStudios Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This. Is. Gorgeous.

My goodness.
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student General Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH! :huggle: :heart:

~xxCHARLiE is to credit for a lot of it, though. :P
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:iconyumenox:
YumeNox Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This drawing is awesome ^^
i luv the light through the forest's trees and the horse is very well done :)
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:

It's not a drawing, but thank you so much for the compliment, either way! :D
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:iconyumenox:
YumeNox Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah sorry i said drawing just like that (because english is not my mother tongue too :D) i can see it is not a drawing ;)
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, I see. :D

Thank you so much, though! :heart: :hug:
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:icongothika1988:
Gothika1988 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You did an amazing job!
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Awww, thank you so much! :huggle: :D
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:iconcorallos:
corallos Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
This is by far your best so far. Your attention to detail and lighting is fantastic. My only comment is as someone said before. The text.
I would say its unusual that an artist puts their title on the actual page. It would work well but it's the wrong font and therefore disrupts the whole image. Maybe you could have it slightly transparent, quietly in the background.

Overall, it's beautiful, just watch out with the text. :heart:
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you oh so much! :heart:

Ahaha, I guess I'm unusual in that way. I actually really like playing with text so I just add the title on there. (It also helps deter sticky fingers since it's right there, lol. XD)

I get where you're coming from. Thank you so much for the compliments, the comment, and the little critique, too! :heart:
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corallos Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I really like it, and unusual can never be a bad thing!
What I was getting at was keep the text but find one that fits the image
and make sure it doesnt distract away from the beautiful image :hug:
Your work is stunning! Keep up the good work :heart:
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
That makes sense. Thank you so much! :huggle:

And oooh, thank so much! It's a huge compliment. :heart:
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:iconcorallos:
corallos Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
:heart:
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
:tighthug: :heart:
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:icondeltapotamus:
Deltapotamus Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very pretty! I like how you blended the leaves into the mane and tail. I'm not a huge fan of the text you chose though, to be honest.
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart: :huggle:

How could I make the text better? :)
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:icondeltapotamus:
Deltapotamus Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It just doesn't really fit the mood of the rest of the picture, you know? The picture is kind of dark, wild, untamed.... and then you have a font that's a little washed-out and lined, prim & proper if you will. Then it has this odd reflection that makes it look like it's on a surface, but it really isn't.

I personally like having my text light-colored and then on overlay or soft light, and then adding a dark outer glow to make it stand out a bit more. That's just my technique though, keep playing with it and find something that works. :heart:
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, that makes sense. :) I didn't even think of that.

I'll try that next time. Thank you so much! :heart:
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Deltapotamus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :heart:
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
:heart:
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:iconfideauxx:
fideauxx Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm IN LOVE with that tail
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks so much! :D

*xxCHARLiE did most of it. XD I just did the highlights and shine XD
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:iconxxcharlie:
xxCHARLiE Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
If I remember correctly, you wanted to dim the highlights down... :PP
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Yep, and I did. XD (I redid them.) Hope you don't mind XD
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:iconcutie2102:
Cutie2102 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
STOPMAKINGSUCHGORGEOUSARTWORK:OOO
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
XD
Awwww thanks so much for the huge compliment :heart: It means a lot. XD
:tighthug:
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:iconartofmelancholy:
artofmelancholy Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:jawdrop:
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student General Artist
:hug:
Thank you so much! :heart: :D
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:iconartofmelancholy:
artofmelancholy Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YW~
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
:heart:
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:iconidhrill:
Idhrill Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is really, really, really good piece. You could have added some shadows on the leaves, but I still like it! :love: For me it is too deep and saturation colours , but it is a matter of taste :meow: In conclusion, excellent work! :heart:
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much!

Oh yeah, I could have added some shadows from the leaves... totally forgot about that. XD

And the saturation comes from *xxCHARLiE's style :P But yeah, I guess it is a matter of taste. XD

Thank you so, so much for the compliment and advice, though! :heart:
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:iconidhrill:
Idhrill Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome. I am glad I could help :meow:
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
:tighthug: :heart:
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:iconmidnights-horizion:
Midnights-Horizion Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
This is down-right Gorgeous! :heart:
Excellent work :clap:
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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:iconmidnights-horizion:
Midnights-Horizion Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem! You should make some tutorials in the future ^.^
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
About what, though?

I've made a stock tutorial and a cutting tutorial before but that was ages ago, haha. XD

What kind of tutorial would you like to see? XD
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Midnights-Horizion Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Smudging/Muscle detailing or A tutorial based on light/shadowing on a horse (where the sun hits..kinda stuff) Note me if you want to know details (: haha.
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I know of a good tutorial for muscle detailing!
[link]

That's essentially what I do except I skip the sharpening at the end and replace it with a light body smudge at like 15% strength and then take that layer and put it at 50% opacity over the original horse body :P

Light and shadows... hm. I'm not super great at that but I think I do okay. Maybe. XD
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:iconmidnights-horizion:
Midnights-Horizion Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
That tutorial actually helped, me a lot! Thanks so much :heart: How long have you been at the manipulation stuff for now?
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
You're very welcome. :heart:

About 6 years, actually. XD I've been at this for quite a long time.
Started when I was 13; now I'm 19 XD
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peachesrox Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
purty
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank youuuuu :D :heart:
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:iconpeachesrox:
peachesrox Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
np! :aww:
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
:huggle:
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:iconschwartze:
Schwartze Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this :D
Very pretty colors. Nice and soft and the detailing is lovely!
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart: It really means a lot coming from you. :huggle:
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:iconhazel23:
Hazel23 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You guys should collab again. :o This came out very well.
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:iconletrainfalldown:
letrainfalldown Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Maybe. XD Idk.

Thanks so much! :heart: :hug:
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