Bird sketch

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Cheaty horses with colors

And now you can see that I’m drawing Pokemon horses. The fiery one is Rapidash and the lightning one is Zebstrika, who will have lightning-shaped zebra stripes on him. I was messing with the background and their special effects, so I know where my light sources are before I start shading.

And I know zebras look more like donkeys, but I wanted it to look like a horse, dang it.

Cheating at horses

I feel like a sad, dishonest person, doing this.

But darn it, I suck at freehanding horses, and I have such short amounts of time in which to do art … LET’S TRACE THEM!

My references, sized and placed according to my first concept sketch:

Let me tell you, doing the sketch first, then looking for reference afterward … let’s just say you go through a LOT of stock photos.

And the trace:

Horses are extremely hard to trace, as well as freehand. I kept being amazed that what I thought I saw, and what actually existed in the photo, were two completely different things.

Now I can do the coloring. Watch me manage to botch their anatomy, even with a trace underneath. :-p