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Old Ways by CSStables Old Ways by CSStables
I've been working on this on and off for ages now. Threw a few fits, devoured a few chocolates but its done! I really need to up my landscapes and people ><

So remember when I mentioned a pony invasion? Well this is it 8D I had planned some Shetlands too, but when I tried drawing one, I realized I don't have their proportions right... so those will come at a later time - need more practice.
This is very much inspired by my real life riding adventures.

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There was a lot of fuss going on today at Castle in the Sky. Its been almost a week since Hrim, the owner saddled Maturica and left to a village in the heart of Szeklerland to purchase new horses, that would bring forth the much needed change in the stables activity and style.
The stables and people we're definitely not the sophisticated kind, no fancy indoor arena or fancy programs, the horses spent most of their times outdoors and the mares were free to roam in un-fenced areas, and would always return by nightfall on their own.
The race track Harry trained on so many times, was improvised. At most shows, the staff would always feel a little awkward, as they felt like they don't belong. So why pretend you're someone you're not. Might as well go back to basics, and be what you always knew you'd become.

Just before sundown, the dogs started barking alerting Baldric who was outside checking on the stallions. In the distance, two riders and a total number of four horses we're galloping towards the stables. Bladric could recognize the red maned horse to be Maturica and her rider Hrim. But who was the other rider? He could tell its a she, and noticed the wooden traditional Mongolian saddle on the horse she rode.
Soon enough everyone was out and greeting the new arrivals and their boss. Excitement was in the air as they checked out the 3 new horses, all pony sized and hardy looking.

Night fell and after the horses were tended to, the staff sat down in the house, enjoying a glass of wine (or should I say pint of wine XD) and talking about the adventures of the long ride to Szeklerland and back.

Stories... will be the death of me >.> so along the three new horses, we also have a new and very capable staff member to help us :D Refs coming up soon!

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Art & Characters ~CSStables aka ~Mesteno

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Done in IllustStudio

Estimated time: 10 hours give or take (if you include the number of times I had to redo horses, tack, landscape and so on).
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imFragrance Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   General Artist
do you use reference images?
CSStables Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sometimes. But when I do, I always mention them in the Artist Comment with proper credit and links if possible.
On this piece for example I did not use any references or models. I find using references rather restricting and uncomfortable. If the reference you're reffering to is the act of taking a picture and drawing after it. Reference can also mean looking at pictures for learning (how a piece of tack looks for example) or inspiration, and to that I can say I do on a normal basis.
angry-horse-for-life Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really good!
CSStables Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
nerwen-wilwarin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woow! this looks so amazing!
CSStables Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly! :D
inglorious-vikings Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Love the atmosphere of this one, I gotta say. :3
And it's always nice seeing Maturica in action. :la:
CSStables Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Mmmyes she definitely needs more screen time, this is the third time I drew her since I've created her (sketchbook doodles not counted ;P )
inglorious-vikings Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Oh, I know the feeling. XD
I also have some ponies I adore, but draw faaar too less, aside doodles and sketches in my notebooks. XD
EmeraldTheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this is just sooooo ADORABLE! and gorgeous!!!!
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