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Rustic Reality by MaidenStar Rustic Reality by MaidenStar
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Time taken :: 5 hours
Layers :: 54
Favorite part :: The quote (yes, I made it up) and the mane and tail
Least favorite part :: The background

For MY use ONLY!

Made for :iconartists-of-equus:'s "Looking Forward Looking Back" contest ([link]).

Personal Thoughts
So with this one, it's about me dreading next year. Okay, maybe you don't call state CM test and level placement tests scary, but for me, it's always stressful. Here, the horse is, like me, trying to run away from the real world, to escape reality. But in the end, it is something you cannot avoid, no matter how hard you try. The best thing to do is to just cowgirl up and face it. That's what I'm struggling with. This is also hinting on the times when I feel lost and uncertain what to do next...when rocky struggles and trouble are brewing up on every side...

Shades of brown
Rain it down
Let it run
Catch the sun
Kill the frost
Turn the dross
Till your earth
Is new birth

(Just a random ditto by me ^-^)

On the Work
This time, I focused more on the background than on the horse. But AHHH! Since this is my FIRST attempt of using multiple, raw background pictures, (three, to be exact) do I have some serious improvement to do! :x Any tips or suggestions on how to “digitize” or “smooth out” backgrounds?

Well, at least this didn't turn out too bad. And I'm so glad that the horse stock fitted so nicely into the background. ^-^ The mane and tail are okay, but I had A LOT of fun painting them! xD

Mountains :: #resurgere's [link]
Sky :: *MaidenStar's [link]
Ground :: *joannastar-stock's [link]
Horse :: ~venomxbaby's [link]
Everything else :: *MaidenStar

Criticism is appreciate. Rudeness is not.

♦ MaidenStar ♦

Wow. What can I say other than AMAZING JOB!!!!!!!!!!! :D I'm not very familiar with manips... I'll be completely honest! But this is really stunning!

I think my favorite part has to be the shadow of the horse (and the mountains too). It really comes alive with that, even though the horse still looks a little 3D. The details are very nice and I can't believe you spent 5 hours on this!! It would have taken me twice as long :XD:

Anyway, the quote adds a whole new dimension to it that a love, and I especially like new, self-quotes :D great job!!!
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aliendroid Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know a lot about photomanipulation, but this is very beautiful. Nice job. Hope you do well in the contest.
MaidenStar Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
Well, I didn't win, but that's okay. ^-^
aliendroid Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Submitted on
December 19, 2012
Image Size
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