I decided I wanted to try out something a little new. I've had one too many people now call my art cute or notably feminine, and since that was never the intention it was really bugging me. I spent all day yesterday looking at references of actual horses, studying some of the odd small details that made them what they are, and I decided to see if I could add any of what I learned into my piece. The catch is that I decided not to use any more references, because this was also meant to be a quick throwaway kind of piece, but I ended up making this while I was listening to a couple of Tim's livestreams and before I knew it three hours had passed.
I did have some fun doing this, but I was having trouble with it too. I didn't bother to color pick any of Lantern Light's colors so through a lot of the piece I couldn't help but feel like the colors just looked wrong. In the end I went ham with it and decided to do unrealistic lighting and throw in a bunch of subtle rainbow colors, which I felt helped what was already there.
In the end I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this piece. It was both fun and a little frustrating, and likewise I think this piece has some good and not-so-good aspects to it. It did teach me a couple of things about my tastes and how to achieve them though, and I definitely want to experiment more with this style~ Next time I'll probably use a reference for the anatomy.