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Forget The Past That Sleeps by galefra Forget The Past That Sleeps by galefra
This may be my most intricate digital art piece yet. I spent days working on it, in total about 100 hours. The horse is made from so many pieces of various horses, at least 8 horses, none of which were this color. The color is made completely in Photoshop. The tail alone is made with about 7 different pieces.

You will recognize my daughter, Priya as the 'model'. Her dress is made from scratch, a figment of Photoshop's imagination. Priya's Flickr photostream is here: www.flickr.com/photos/priya_papriiika/

After some feedback from viewers, I changed the shape of the horse, making it's size more in alignment with the scale of the rider. Priya prefers the original version with the horse as a stallion, so I've changed it back again to the original version. Here is a link to a small Flash animation I made of both versions. I welcome your opinions:
www.thegraphicgroove.com/FlickrRelated/ForgetThePast.htm
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:iconcutedeviantfangirl:
cutedeviantfangirl Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Very great artwork! :)
However, it would absolutely perfect, if the left hoof were surrounded a little more with the fog I think :) It looks a bit to... Edgy ;) However very good work! :la:
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Rochaluarts Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What beautiful work you do! I loved your gallery and this image in particular. :love:
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N-DDesign Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
This is the design I would like to use. Beautiful.
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canpassion Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
:clap: Enchanting...
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Evatr Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Very beautiful :)
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pippyboy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
this is so so pro, love it
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freestylereiner Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011   Digital Artist
This is absolutly amazing, I love the color of the horse and the detail in the mane and tail. The only problem I have with it is that the girl is sitting pretty far back, in real life it would be hard to ride a canter like that bareback sitting so far back. But other than that is is awesome!
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sheofbatsandshadows Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
I love this, by the way, I found this on a wallpaper site on the internet - called desktopnexus - just to let you know, in case you hadn't authorized that.
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orionshope Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Wow Awesome work! Wished I had the skill to do something as beautiful and visually impressive ! You give lessons *SMILES?:w00t: I only have five months of photo shop and well basics doesn't even get you near the talent your work is at and I have no clue on how to get there !:w00t:
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gwulfwud Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
fantastic work!!

added this to my group's collection..

you are welcome to join contribute as well..

:iconeyegasmic-images:

EyeGasmic!
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:iconiratheiv:
IRAtheIV Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
doesnt the horse have a long back?
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:icongarv101:
Garv101 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
Wow - absolutely amazing!
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dAb-blingin-art Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Sorry to fav and run... it is beauiful!
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wacheNo1 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Don't know what to say - it's just amazing!!!
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xxfantaisiamanipsxx Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Hiya :)
Featured you here [link]
hope you don't mind :heart:
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Rabab25 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
very good ,,, i like it soo
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dhusband Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Um one word after my dropping jaw.... WOW
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ZiiZii-RocK Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!!!
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MagicOfTheTiger Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
perfect
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Shurikan-x Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
this is so beautiful! i adore the colours used! (although to me the horses left hind leg is wierdly shaped) but apart from that..... WOW
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galefra Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Interesting. I had a discussion with another artist about how in art, things need to be even more realistic than in actual life, ie: if you take a photograph, sometimes a leg will be tucked behind at such a strange angle that it looks truncated. Even lighting can sometimes be cast in a way that distorts a shape, but in our ordinary life, our brains complete the picture, fill in the blanks.

But art doesn't has an added challenge. People scrutinize an image closely and because the scene is frozen in the moment, even the tiniest detail or flaw will become magnified. I made this piece awhile back, and although I see how it could be improved, I rarely go back and rework an image. I just take care not to repeat the same mistake in future art. This also allows me to look back and see the progression of my skills over time.

:-)
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Shurikan-x Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
wow yeah i guess thats pretty correct and ive never thought of that before. well its crossed my mind but sometimes it takes someone else to point it out...

Oh and i love looking in peoples galleries from the older artworks to the newer ones and seeing how much they have improved, its pretty amazing.

:D
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fernandda Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
very beautiful!!! i liked so much!
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:iconquna:
Quna Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
Hi. I've seen this work here: [link] I don't know if it's by your permission or not, so I just wanted to let you know. Just in case.
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galefra Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
Sorry in taking so long to reply, I've been buried in work. I tried clicking on the link you sent but didn't see my art, but maybe that's because it took me so long the page might have changed since then.

Thank you soooo much for notifying me about someone using my art. I really appreciate it!! :-)
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Quna Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
I guess they might have removed it :) There were many others whos works were stolen, and none of them were pleased to hear about it. :D

And you're welcome :aww:
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It is SO well done! Your time and effort really paid off!

Since you asked for feedback, the only thing I have to say is that the rider is just sitting too far back on the horse, but that doesn't have to be a big thing lol.

Great amazing job!
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BarrelGirl101 Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Feature- [link]
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You are an amazing artist. :heart:
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galefra Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
Thank you very much !
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Kaiden-Zeos Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
You have a very interesting way of photomanipulating photos and mixing them very well with art. I'm amazed by how you can pull off such wonderful art/photo pieces while making them very believable to the naked eye. A many hours of mad work was put into this piece and it's result stands out very well so excellent job as I commend you on your efforts.

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Ravenclaw1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
Hi found your manip on photobucket [link]

Has it been stolen, thought Id better let you know
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:icongalefra:
galefra Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
Thanks so much for letting me know. Yes, I find my images on Photobucket quite often. I really appreciate you letting me know. This is what I love most about deviantart, how everyone looks out for one another. You are wonderful ! :-)

- Gale
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Ravenclaw1 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
You're welcome,Im just looking at your work, it's wonderfull.
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Josiane-Rey Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Feature here -> [link]
You are a wonderful artist, I am a big fan of you.
Thanks.
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galefra Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
Thanks so much for the feature and the sweet comment! :-)
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TonyGCampagna Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
I absolutely love this. I just wanted to say that first off. Gorgeous piece and I can respect all the time you've put into it. One thing bugs me though and I mean no disrespect. The lighting on your daughter and the lack of shadow concerning her presence on the horse, plus the lack of shadow on the ground. Gives it kind of a 2-D perspective. Again, I love it though. Well done.
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galefra Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009
Yes, you are right. This is an earlier piece and I've learned a lot more about lighting since. I rarely go back and fix art that I've already created. Instead I just make sure that I do a better job in new art I create. Thanks for your honest input. Cheers! :-)
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TonyGCampagna Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Of course, anytime and thank you for writing back. Love your talent. :)
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MissMethven Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow, I am completely speechless...I love horses...this is so gorgeous...
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galefra Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Thank you!
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SilverAimzzy Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Absolutely STUNNING! I love it, so beautiful. Talent.
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galefra Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Thanks for such a nice comment!
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Rosalie2013 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Beutiful. I love horses.
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galefra Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Thank you Rosalie!
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Rosalie2013 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
your Welcome. I am goinmg to start going by my middle name, Marie. I love horses and I am planning on getting a horse. Gotta find some low cost land first. Not much left. To much of it is only for retail. I hate it.
Sincerely-
Marie

P.S.-
Rosalie is just from the books twilight. People say I look like her.
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galefra Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
:-)
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Rosalie2013 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
You have some really pretty art. I love all of your stuff.
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galefra Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Thank you so much !
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Rosalie2013 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
You Are Very Welcome. I Would Upload More Pictures That I Drew But My Scann Is Being Stupid At The Moment.
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