War horse 3

War Horse

Piece description from the artist

A lone mustang painted with war paint stands on a grassy hillside watching the sun set. The pinto coated horse's black mane and tail blow in the wind as the light from the sun set lights up the clouds as if they were on fire.

The markings on the horse have a variety of meanings:

For keen senses, it has the sun painted around its eye.
Because he has brought his rider back unharmed from battle, there is a hand print on its hindquarters.
A red cross means that it escaped an ambush.
The fire arrow on its neck to cause harm to its foes.
Because it has pushed a person over, the horse has hand prints on its chest.
The zigzagged lines are lightning to give the horse energy.
The blue dots are hail to rain down upon enemies.

This image was actually a bit of a follow up to an earlier image that I made of the same horse with a rider ( DanielEskridge.com/featured/warrior-and-war-horse-daniel-eskridge.html ). I wanted to create one that was the same scene but with the horse alone. I found that I rather liked the more singular focus.

I created this image using a several digital programs. The horse was posed in Poser then imported into Vue where the rest of the scene was built. Vue was used for rendering. For post production, I used Topaz Labs' Adjust to fix the color and GIMP to do touch ups including adding the war paint.

Other works by Daniel Eskridge

About Daniel Eskridge

Marietta, GA

Daniel is a forty-something living in the Metro-Atlanta area, and he is one of the few people who was actually born and raised there. He is also married and has two sons and a daughter. By day, he works as software engineer at a small company. By night he is an artist producing realist works depicting scenes of American wildlife, farm animals, fantasy scenes, extinct animals, and images of the "American Wild West":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Frontier.

Daniel has dual degrees in computer science and fine art from the University of Georgia. Given his education, it would seem only natural for him to combine the two by producing art using a computer. Daniel practices a new form of art called "3D Rendering":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_rendering, a form of virtual sculpting with a computer. This form of art is utilized by film studios for special effects as well as animated movies, but it can be used to make stills as well. "Check out this video of Daniel creating a 3D rendering!":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvoSvRhYPr4

Daniel’s interest in art began when he was young. As a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels, he became particularly interested in the works of the illustrators that appeared on the covers, such as "Frank Frazetta":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Frazetta and "Michael Whelan":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Whelan. In college, he discovered the work of the "French Realists":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realism_(arts), the "Pre-Raphaelites":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Raphaelite_Brotherhood, and the "Hudson River School":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River_School, which further influenced him and put his work on a course where nature was the dominant theme.

See Daniel's portfolio here

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