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EQUINE MANIPULATION WALKTHROUGH by mockingale EQUINE MANIPULATION WALKTHROUGH by mockingale
This file is massive! You guys have been so supportive of me and I've gotten some requests for tutorials, and while this isn't a tutorial on anything specific, I hope getting a glimpse at how I work is a bit helpful to you! I explained a lot and there's a lot of reading in this tutorial, just a fair warning! This is the process of "You've got a BEAUTIFUL BRAIN".
Don't worry, I'm still going to make tutorials on specific things such as horse prep / repainting and perhaps lighting, but I thought a walkthrough would be nice as well!

see the final piece



wonderful stock

horse: [link] bg: [link] feathers: [link], [link], ([link] - ~frisky-sheep-stock)


If you need help or clarification please ask! Enjoy! :heart:

please don't post this off-site or claim as your own. if you want to share it, link it!
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:iconvagabondqad:
VagabondQAD Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like how you explained/demonstrated creating shadows in this tut! :love:

There is one thing I'd like to bring up regarding one of your lighting explanations. Right around your doggy-in-the-window example you say "...the horse FACING us is cast almost entirely in shadow (but for the sake of photomanipulation, I try to keep some details so you can actually see the horse)."

Yes, what the viewers see of the horse is cast in a shadow. However, it's not for "the sake of photomanipulation" that you see some horse details. The reason it makes sense to light up the shady side of the horse is because LIGHT REFLECTS AND DIFFUSES!!!

You see those two big patches of sunlit ground between the shadows made up by your horse's legs? As much as that grass is catching the light, it's also reflecting it right back at your horsey's 'shadowed' side. It's the only reason why it makes sense to have GREEN highlights on your horse as opposed to yellow ones from the sun (because the surrounding PLANTS are REFLECTING most of the light, and since plants are green, you get a green reflection :) ). Because grass sucks at reflecting light, the light shining from the sunlit patches and onto the horse must be diffused (which means no strong highlights on the viewers' side of the horse) but the horse is gonna definitely be brighter than the black, shadowed parts of the tree trunks in the BG. The reason for that is mostly because by the time the light from the grass reaches ten feet up, it's too diffused/too far away. You get darker trunks when compared to the lighter horse, simply because the horse is closer to the bright and yellowy grass/secondary lightsource :)
 
You seem to know this intuitively; when I look at the thumbnail of the final image it looks like a photograph. If the horse was darker it would look like you were depicting a black horse instead of a blue roan. Don't believe me? Check out what's happening in the shadows of the trees that were already there :P  You can SEE what's happening in those shadows. Nothing really gets so black in there that you lose details. That's why it made no visual sense to blacken out the horse like the tree trunks. If you could see details in the shadows of the trees, you can definitely see details in the shadow of the horse and that's because of the lighting, not "for the sake of photomanipulation" :P

Butcha, at the end of the day you chose very good stock and put it together nicely :D Congrats :heart:
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:iconmockingale:
Oh wow thank you so much for this! Quite honestly I jave a ways to go wih my full understanding with lighting, and I'll admit I was a bit unsure of my explanation because I couldn't quite place the reasoning behind not making the horse totally black (so I just decided it was from an artistic standpoint). But now that you've provided me with that fantastic explanation of how it actually works, it makes a lot more sense!! Thank you again for clearing that up (part of me wants to edit that in somehow but i don't think I have the .psd anymore ahhh)! But yes, that was super super helpful, and I really appreciate the time you took to explain that (I just learned something new)! Thanks again!!
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:iconvagabondqad:
VagabondQAD Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL even if you had the PSD I would never ask you to go back and fix it up - Tuts are such a bitch to go back to, pardon my French :P :D
You're welcome :) Glad to have told you something useful and thanks for reading it :D :hug:
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:iconlynelle13:
Lynelle13 Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why didn't you make a shadow for the body part of the horse?
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:iconmockingale:
Hi! If I'm honest wih you, looking back, I realize that i most probably should have. Even though I made this big walkthrough about how i worked, not everything I do or say is 100% right especially because I'm still learning, so I hope people can take away something from it but not follow my word for word recount of what photomanipulation should look like. Should i have extended the shadow to the belly? You know, probably. Why didn't I? I wasn't so convinced it would give the look I wanted, that being, I wanted to really emphasis the stretched shadows of the trees and the horse's legs, due to it being sunset / sunrise. I'll also even admit I was a little unsure how to do it well. All in all, though, it's a learning process, and looking even a couple months back I realize I could have handled the shadow a little differently. Even though I did a couple things wrong in this, I now realize, I still think it could possibly be helpful for someone :~) Sorry for the long drawn out response to a simply stated question!
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:iconlynelle13:
Lynelle13 Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh - I didn't mean to offend you in anyway.. I was just wondering why/why not. I like the walkthrough and found it useful.
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:iconmockingale:
Oh don't worry you didn't offend me!! I just wasn't sure how to go about answering that! I'm sorry if I came off rude or anything, that's totally not what I intended! Q ^ Q but I'm glad you found it helpful!
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:iconlynelle13:
Lynelle13 Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh no. I really liked it - I was just curious. 
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:icondiamondhoofbeats:
This is really helpful! It really clarifies lighting! Thanks
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:iconmockingale:
I'm glad it helped you! :rose:
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