Thursday, May 17, 2012
(It's interesting to note that when this filly was younger her hind socks had sharp pointy streaks that looked like jagged little spears going up her legs, like a sabino. But the points are almost completely greyed out now and unrecognizable. It was a really neat effect, and if I had painted it on a model - people probably would've thought that I was totally crazy. But sometimes reality can be stranger than our own painting imaginations.)
Something else noteworthy is that most transitional greying horses are not dappled. A lot of painters in our hobby want to dapple the holy living daylights out of just about every model that they do, but in reality dappling isn't quite as common on horses as we'd like for it to be. (I'm as guilty of dappling the crap out of my models as the next person... and they DO look soooooo pretty that way!) But, the truth of it is, it's hard to find a good reference photos of real transitional greying horses with dapples - because it just doesn't happen very often. When I start getting too "dapple-happy" with my painting, there's a sharp slap back to reality waiting out in the pasture for me.
Posted by Shannon Mayfield at 12:36 PM