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BDR Southpaw by oxpecker BDR Southpaw by oxpecker
Name: BDR Southpaw
Barn name: "Pawpaw"
Age: 5 y/o (2 in this image)
Height: 14.1hh
Colour: Dapple grey (on black base), will fade to solid white by 15 years (E/e, a/a, G/g)
Discipline: Broodmare - may try in western pleasure, halter & liberty
Personality: Purchased as an unnamed 2 y/o filly from Pakistan. A classic desert mare of strong Arabian heritage. Best described as ladylike; quiet, graceful, gentle and patient. She’s quite petite and currently lacks the fitness for strenuous eventing, but is a wonderful broodmare with strong maternal instincts. She also makes a fine mount for young students. Her only fault is an obstinate suspicion of rain, puddles and other bodies of water – a trait no doubt inherited from her Arabian ancestors.
Sire/Dam: Starter x starter
For lease: Yes, see here for more info.
Passable Traits: Curly ears will be lost unless bred with another Marwari or Kathiawari. 50% of foals will inherit a grey coat.
Offspring: none

Events entered:
:pointr: 4th place - Windfall Mini Western pleasure

Other pictures of this horse:
:heart: Secret Santa gift from Helsinge

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I'm so glad to finally get this done, it's been sitting on my desk for weeks. Dark dapple grey is probably one of my favorite horse colours, so it's unfortunate that she won't stay this shade forever. I also realized that while painting dapples is easy enough, getting them to stay there is a whole different endeavor! Anyway, I hope you like this one. Constructive critique and suggestions are always welcome.

About 14x11" - Acrylic wash, gouache, watercolour and pen.
Reserved from this adoption batch: fav.me/d36u1zr
Name idea by KreepingSpawn
Pose reference: fav.me/d2sx2ko by venomxbaby
Game: HorseArt-RPG
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Syra-Syra Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore this ever so much! o:
That face is just gorgeous, and the colours in the background are amazing. I still can't get over the face haha... its just so gorgeous. x_x
You're art is brilliant, can't wait to see more from you :'D
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That's so lovely, thank you for the kind words! :hug:
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foxtrot98 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really gorgeous (: love the halter
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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foxtrot98 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
did you use salt to achieve the dappled affect?
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
No, I have never been able to get that salt effect to work properly.
For this I used wet-in-wet, basically placing droplets of wet paint into already wet areas and letting it bleed.
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foxtrot98 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohhh very nice (: i've always been a big fan of using salt, but only for backgrounds, i can't imagine it working well with a shape like a horse (:
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
If you lay wet paint on the horse section-by section, and be careful to keep the edges of your sections not too runny, I think the salt technique can be controlled. Unfortunately I can't get salt to work no matter what method I use. The salt grains just gather the paint to them, then it all dries into the paper creating a dark spot, and the salt has to be scraped off.
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dashket Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   Traditional Artist
good job! i like it)
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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DaffoDille Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this piece is tied for second on my list of my favorite things you've made. The dappled color is so pretty! And the detail around the face and mane really stands out in a lovely way.



AaaaaaaahIloveit.
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oxpecker Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: The dapples were heaps of fun to paint - though I had some trouble controlling them in some places.
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Hathien603 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
This girl is an absolute doll! I love those large, curious eyes :love:
And you did a fantastic job painting the dapples, they look very painterly. I can't wait to see more of her! :heart:
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like her, thank you for the wonderful comment :hug:
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vandoloskil Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
I LOVE the painting technique! very well done. :)
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:iconoxpecker:
oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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zeunicorn1o Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful! She's very exotic and looks proud of that fact. Dark dappled greys are lovely.
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like her! :) It's such a perfect colour, I almost wish they wouldn't fade.
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Paiden Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
what a beauty! lovely face!
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like her :)
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Vekke Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ahhhh you make me want to run out and buy paint ;_;
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
DO IT! :dummy:
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CravenLunatic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011   Digital Artist
Oh my god this is gorgeous!!
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Glad you like it! :)
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DiePest-1912 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She's a real beauty =)
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! Hopefully she will have many foals in the future too.
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femalefred Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love her face. Just adorable ^^
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for commenting, I'm glad you like it! :)
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KisaDream Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Amazing, I love !
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! <3
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Antique-Unicorn Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student General Artist
May I ask how you got the dapples? Sea Salt Crystals? I'd really like some dapple tips!
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Sure thing! :) i'm just going to copy/paste my answer to a previous comment: 'I just put down some wet black (not too wet, just at that stage where it's still shiny but no longer runny) and dotted it with wet white gouache. If you ever try it I have a word of advice, make sure the paper is really flat otherwise the dapples will just run everywhere and clump wherever the surface dips.' - I hope that helps. I also made a paintbrush spatter tutorial if you're interested in trying similar effects: [link]
I can never ever get salt to work for me, and I've even tried different kinds of salt. It's my life goal to figure out what I'm doing wrong :P
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Antique-Unicorn Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student General Artist
I use chunky sea salt crystals for obvious effect, and normal table salt crystals for small textured effects. You put it on instantly after you complete the desired area with watercolour or gouache.
To get a feathered smooth effect with salt, brush off lightly when the paint is still somewhat moist.
To get the dark jagged crystal marks let the paint dry completely.

I'll give those dapples a try and link you to my result!!! I hope my salt tips help out ^-^
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Basically what happens when I use salt (I've tried sea salt crystals, medium size and fine table salt) the salt sits there and soaks a bit of water, but immediately pigment comes back and just drowns the salt. If I do the same with a thinner more diluted wash, then the effect isn't as strong as I wanted or nothing happens at all.
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Antique-Unicorn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Student General Artist
hmmn.. maybe it's too wet? I'll have a fiddle with my colours. but it could be the salt you're using?

If you like, do a little sample and send me a photo :D Maybe i can help more. I love salt technique :D
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, you've inspired me to give it another go. I am determined to find out what I'm doing wrong, thanks for the encouragement! I'll let you know how it goes.
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Antique-Unicorn Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Student General Artist
I look forward to seeing the results :D
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Well I tried some more experimenting - I know based on my description of what goes wrong you'd think I was using too much water, but I'm always very mindful of this and that's never the case. I make sure the surface is not runny, it's just at that stage where you could still do wet-in-wet but it's not dripping or moving at all. It's just a damp wash. And then I sprinkle the salt in... and it just fails. The result is usually something like this when its dry: [link] Instead of repelling the pigment, the salt soaks it up and the crystal itself becomes very dark and sits in a dark spot around its base. Only once was I able to get the effect to look like it was supposed to, with the distinct blossom shapes, but even so I found I had to manually pick out the crystals with tweezers so that the salt wouldn't dry with a dark spot underneath. I have also tried different kinds of salt, very dry and just out of the packet, so that's not the problem. I cant find any answers to my problem on google, I wonder if my paint is not suitable (from tubes, I also tried gouache and the little squares of dry watercolour in pans). Anyway, I understand if you're just as clueless as I am, I just wondered if there was anything you noticed that I'm maybe doing wrong.
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Ehetere Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG THAT FACE!
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:dummy:
She turned out looking more arabian than anything, but it's a nice change from all the roman noses I've been drawing lately. I think most Marwaris seem to have a more or less straight profile anyway.
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Montaneous Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student Filmographer
Aside from the fact that she is an awesome character (loving the unusual face marking and mane details), the dapples look incredible!! How do you do that! :wow:
haha all 'Pawpaw' makes me think of is that cream thing in the red tube/jar for cuts and burns XD
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm really glad you like the result :) The dapples were really fun, I just put down some wet black (not too wet, just at that stage where it's still shiny but no longer runny) and dotted it with wet white gouache. If you ever try it I have a word of advice, make sure the paper is really flat otherwise the dapples will just run everywhere and clump wherever the surface dips. This painting nearly owned me, it was crazy :P
Pawpaw is a fruit tree, I've never tried the fruit though.
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Montaneous Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student Filmographer
Ok awesome, i'll give that a go! (wish me luck haha)
yeah the pawpaw ointment is made from it ... in brisbane? dunno. saves my life every summer with the mozzies :)
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hrafnwolf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
you remember how i adored chestnuts? that was until I found dappled horsies. I absolutely love them. i want a curly ear just so I can breed to her in the future. stunning artwork as always, and the dapples are awesome :3
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Chestnut is now my favourite colour ^^ I go through phases though, I feel I'm going into a dapple bay phase now :P Glad you like her! Too bad she isn't real.. *strokes screen*
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hrafnwolf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
i know, if she was real i'd swim over to sydney and steal her from you, of course being nice about it so id swap her for a camel for you ;D
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Maxrunn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I adore the face marking AND the name
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! Hopefully I'll be painting more of her :)
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Head seems a tad large. But the dapples are awesome! :D and otherwise she looks very trim and dainty.

Cross her with that Dapple Buckskin I dreamed up just to see? ;p
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oxpecker Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Haha I thought it was too small! Thanks for the name idea :)
Actually I was already planning a buckskin foal from her, and since I love dapples so much how can I resist that fine suggestion? ^^
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