Everybody can relate to a ripped horse rug. But can we really blame them when we wear distressed denim and kooky fashion? 😉
My favourite part of this one is the expressions in the last panel. I started a Photoshop file where I doodle horse faces and expressions and it’s a really handy reference. I’m also pretty happy with the tippy-toe pose of the front leg on the horse in the middle panel.
One thing I almost forgot was to change the lighting between morning and afternoon. A cheeky Photoshop overlay layer sorted that. Ok so the lighting highlights should now be on the opposite side of the characters given it’s the end of the day, but I think how it is is enough of a change without backtracking heaps to change all the character highlights (It’s not that hard. I should have done it!). The background impression of grass was a very quick scribble of some standard Photoshop brushes using the table pen’s pressure for opacity. I love my graphics tablet!
The bit I think I should have worked at more is the pose of the girl in the centre panel. People are really tricky sometimes. I think I needed a decent reference so maybe I’ll get one of those poseable artist mannequin things. I made SO MANY minor adjustments to this pic after the linework was “complete.”