This is my bid for =handstands-for-you's Irish Draught mare, Wanderful Dawlin'. I really enjoyed working on this, it was a fun, challenging pose to draw, I tried a new shading style, and for the first time in awhile I actually enjoyed doing something. I mean, towards the end things got a little rushed, but I had been working on it for 6 hours straight, I really just wanted to finish it. I honestly think I put my best effort into this, which makes me proud, even if I don't win the horse. (which obviously I hope I do! ) Oh - and dapples are horrible. XD
My whole stable is being re-organized, I am back in the drawing mood, and I have a style of art that I am comfortable with.
Anyways, a quick story to explain what happened for poor Dawlin to end up in this.. predicament.
-- Andrea Fox had just unloaded Dawlin from the trailer, when she got a call from Jack saying he needed help with a couple of the stallions who were getting their teeth done. She spotted an open pasture not far away, and headed towards it, the docile mare close behind her. Unlatching the gate, she slid the halter off of the willing mare's help and firmly told her to behave herself while Andrea was gone. Trotting off, her eyes were intently focused on a couple of birds, and Andrea left her to herself. Meanwhile, Poseidon, O'Reilley, and Zeus were causing problems for the equine dentist, while Artemis worked at kicking his stall to pieces. It was quick business getting them all under control again, and with that Andrea headed back to see how Dawlin was doing at the new facilities. Fox Gait was leasing her for a week to see how she fit in, and she had been warned by Dilettante that she could be somewhat accident prone. Sure enough, as Andrea neared the field, she spotted her in the distance, her butt plopped down on shiny piece of ice, left by one of the ponds that occupied the field. A rather mournful look crossed her face as the breath fogged out of her nostrils. All Andrea could say was "Damn those distracting birds," as she began to push the tall, heavy mare towards the other end of the ice.
The minute I read her personality this is what I thought of, I hope it depicts it well!
Name: DT Wanderful Dawlin' Barn Name: Dawlin' Gender: Mare Breed: Irish Draught Age: 9 Height: 17hh Color: Gray (chestnut base) Markings: Big blaze, two front stockings, ermine spots, striped hooves. Genes: ee / aa / Gg Notes: Does not carry any black or agouti gene. Heterozygous gray Discipline: Dressage, In-Hand, and Halter Passable Traits: Color, height, discipline, personality Sire/Dam: One More Drink x CW Wanderlust [link] Bloodlines: RID x RID Offspring: Crayola Marquers [link] || Wimbledon [link] For stud/lease: No Competitions Entered: n/a Awards: n/a Personality: Fairly docile and well-mannered. Dawlin’ is very curious, gullible, and accident-prone. She seems to find sticky situations easier than she can find her own mother. She’s not the brightest crayon in the box, but is really great with people and behaves like an angel.
Wow, didn't realize you had gotten her! Just wondering, would you be interested in perhaps breeding her to DT Galahad eventually? Not any time soon, as they both need more showing and training, but I think they would make an absolutely crazy gorgeous and colorful foal!