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Equus Aquarius by pallanoph Equus Aquarius by pallanoph
Ignore the rather foolish title. I fail with words, as many of you should know by now! :lol:

Anywho, this is actually a trade for ~RavingRaven who requested a hippocampus. Been a loooooong time since I'd drawn one up, quite honestly.

This little sketchy painting also served it's purpose in helping me to get over my recent phobia of painting. That's right... the pressure is on for me at the moment, as I prepare and hesitate to finish a band poster. :worry: :fingerscrossed: Oh, I'd better finish it, it's due in a few weeks... :noes:

Oh... this was done in India ink, watercolors, some gouache, and acrylic on... (oh god, forgive me) BRISTOL BOARD. Yes... can you hear the demigods of watercolor wailing and gnashing their teeth? I can. In my defense, I like the odd stains bristol seems to retain, has a character all it's own. It's okay for simple studies, but nothing more. (In my own humble opinion.)

So, to ~RavingRaven : Hope you like it, and take as much time as you need for your half. :)

Art (C) to me, April Schumacher.
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This piece has been featured in Horsin' Around! :D [link]
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mayonaka00neesan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
This is really neat :thumbsup:
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Valhalrion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
lovely movement
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iluvtiffers Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
COOL!!!! :D
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ThatAlyGirl Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
This is a very wonderful and beautiful way to render this amazing mythical creature! Amazing, as everything else you draw is. :)
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luka1184 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
This looks like Arice the Godess from my novels :D I wrote them!
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mollyart2010 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
youre version of the hippocampi is both intresting and original. it is so boring too see either a sea horse or a mermaid horse (which ,frankly,just looks wrong) this version however, is neither of those, as it looks like it could be a real animal (as with all your creatures) which i could easily imagine living in a lake or river.
and for that drawing that exellent you get :+fav: and :cookie:
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Xfilly Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Student General Artist
good job!!
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Die-Rache Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Really awesome! ^^

want to join the group?
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ihartsnape Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, cool design. I wish I had one. :D
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Segol-Hane Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It is so great! The beauty, the grace... Breath taking!
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weremoon Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Student Artist
I love the design, so believable and very beautiful ( god, I use this word too many times :D)
I waaant one so badly, he could live in the pond in my garden. My cat would be very surprised - no more frog hunting..:giggle:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehee, thanks! :blushes: I think I'll make a miniature one to either inhabit my kitchen sink, or one of the fishbowls! :giggle: :D

I think one of these fellows is enough to surprise anyone! :lol:
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WolvenYoukai Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool looking!
I love how you drew it :D
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littlemissartemis Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
Very beautiful!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
If only he really existed!!
Beautiful work, as always.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd like a hippocampus in my backyard pond, if I had one... :XD:

And thanks! :aww:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Or alternatively you could keep it in the bath. XD
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LancerMoo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Pfft, I happen to love bristol board. whaaaat... ;D

All your monsters are so awesomely convincing. This guy looks like he can really swim, his body looks very lightweight and streamlined.
The fins on his forearms are a nice touch; They remind me of swim fins. ;D
It's quite an inventive solution solution to the whole \"horse-hooves-really-arent-meant-for-swimming\" problem. I'd probably just have turned them into stupid knock-offs of human hands with webbing or something. @_@

The little watery splashes in the background are awesome as well! Do you do them first, or save them for a finishing touch?
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle: This was only a single ply sheet, so after a few layers the color refused to get any deeper: As though the paper thought, "Nope, not gonna work, I'm done, too bad..." :laughing: Then again, I think I would consider myself a paper snob. Which is funny, as I'm quite poor anyway, yet insist on buying expensive papers. :rofl: It's not for everyone, of course! :) If you can make something awesome from what you have... go for it!

Yeah, when I was at my college (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) students would get chewed out periodically by certain illustration instructors if they didn't use the right sort of paper for their medium. So if someone did a watercolor on Bristol or lightweight watercolor paper, they were instructed to use 140 lb minimum weight watercolor paper for the next go-around. I mean, I could see the point, but I'm sure more than a few of the students were more concerned with buying food than appropriate paper. There were more than a few times that I sacrificed a meal for coveted paper, especially when I was doing my senior project!

Back to the hippocampus... glad you like it! I did my first revision of this rather ridiculous beastie three years ago... I liked the fin/rudimentary hoof combo, so that the animal still had the potential to wander up onto the shore if it felt the need. :)

Hey, webbed human hand type appendages would be AWESOME. Especially in addition to equine traits. It'd be so unexpected! :D

The splashes I did last... I puddled some water around the figure and pushed the paint around, trying not to go into the lines too much. Tricky, but fun. There's touches of gouache and acrylic in there to give some diversity. ;)

(Oy, long comment is long! :noes:)
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Toxikomani Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
gorgeous!
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dawndelver Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
wonderful work here :clap:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Delightful! Definitely not a pallanoph at all! Congrats!

I love the colors and style here, it's very fitting to the mythological species. And I want to congratulate you on making a more original version of the hippocampus, most artists just follow a standard design, but this one makes it seem fairly plausable. :)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Finally, something without the pallanoph face... wait... there it is. :XD: Argh. I should draw an elephant to shake that habit. :D

Thanks! I figured I'd try for something different, I love twisting the traditions to make them mine. :lol:
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whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I'll bet if you drew an elephant it'd still look like a pallanoph… :giggle: Now I want you to do it!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It would... and I should. I have an urge to draw one all decked out in some sort of... I'm not sure. I forgot where I was going with that. :XD:

You know... like in Indian/Southeast Asian art. :D I'm not sure if I'm up to drawing one so elaborate!
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whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Draw like an obese elephant, that way it would be really hard to get that lean pallanoph design in it. You could make it comical, like the elephant had a few too many peanuts in the circus so the shiny blanket thing (you know, that they are adorned with in the circus) is just about to pop off but he's still eating those peanuts! I think that'd be cool…

Wow, um, yeah, that style… yeah… eleborate. But you've done some pretty detailed stuff before. I'm sure you could do it as long as you came back to it once in a while. ^_^
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha! I like that idea... I might just use that. I think it would be further comical if this scene was drawn in a variant of such an elaborate style! :rofl:

Now to find the time... (:noes:)
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whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
*Squee!* I can't wait! :giggle:

(I hear ya'…;)
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Ala-Rai Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous interpretation of a hippocampus. I love the use of watercolor as well.
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SpottedNymph Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
OMG your freakin hippocampus rendition is amazing! I really really love the design. And brilliant colors
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thank you! :hug: I started this sort of design three years or so back, thought it deserved a revisit. :)
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Bueshang Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009   Artist
Everybody has to do a good hippocampus every now and then :D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree... it should be a requirement! :lol:
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CarrotStalker Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
I think it looks like it's done with markers actually, it's not very typically watercolour-ish in my opinion :giggle: Love the design, all those little fins ...and the scales...... :heart:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I thought sort of the same thing... marker-ish. :D

Thank you! :aww:
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CarrotStalker Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
:D Welcome.
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Kotorigaro Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! :clap:
I especially love how much sense your design makes for an aquatic animal; you included gills for example, which I notice most renditions of hippocampus lack. You also blended the anatomies of fish and horse brilliantly, so this hippocampus looks like an animal in itself rather than just parts of different animals stuck together. Well done! :D
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crazyamy93 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!! WOW! :)
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ice-or-fire Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
i like the colors
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xedgerx Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is Awesome. i love it!
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Goonlalagoon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Very nice. Lovely colours.
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TygerSoul Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i like it, and i like the name too! although my first thought was 'Leviathan'
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmmm! That would have been a good title! :nod:

And thanks!
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Lykouros Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Student General Artist
Beautiful, as usual. The colors are very nice, and whatever you say I like the Bristol board effect ^_^

Oh, and very cool interpretation of a Hippocampus :nod:

:+fav:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I rather like the Bristol effect too, the only reason I usually refuse to use it is that it will only accept a few layers of color before it is unable to hold anymore... Therefor the color is a little less "dense" than it could be. Then again, this was only a single ply sheet, I'm sure one might be able to get better effect from 2 or 3 ply Bristol board. But still... Maybe I'm just a paper snob and enjoy my watercolor sheets too much. :giggle: :lol:

I figured my hippocampus study from a few years back could use some updating and color! Glad you like. :)
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Lykouros Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Student General Artist
Ah, I see how that could create a bit of a problem. And nah, you're not a paper snob, I'm becoming pickier about my paper too and it's understandable ^_^

No problem! :D
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NiKaede Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
The first thing I thought whenj I saw this was wow:wow:ps the title is perfect:heart:
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artmapassion Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
love the colors.. very nice work..
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