6 thoughts on “HOW NOW

  1. Your cow looks amazerking! The horns look a little big, but then, you’re the one who’s spent more time with cows this week than I have…ever (including drive bys). The grass looks lovely and you did a great job getting the feet to meld into (or, *not* meld but disappear into) the grass. Is the paper textured? Also, is it not bright white? The colors seem a bit muted, like everything has a faint sepia tone to it that really works, IMHO.

    The *one* area that looks sort of “blah” to me is the upper right hand corner…it looks like there are supposed to be…rays of sunshine shining down? I think if the angle of the light overall were lower OR the sun were directly in the picture, the rays would have looked more at home.

    1. You’re right, the horns are somewhat big; I’d say they’re half again as big as my model’s horns. But I don’t really feel bad about exaggerating a Texas longhorn’s horns, because that’s part of what makes the breed so badass :D

      The paper is not heavily textured, and actually, though it’s fairly thick, isn’t even watercolor paper. This resulted in some oddities (like right above her head you can see some warbling), but didn’t, I think, have a significant negative impact on the picture.

      But, oh, man, this took me for-freaking-ever to finish. “Between homework on weekends” is a crappy timeframe for a project like this XD

      1. So, art aside, you mean to tell me cows can have horns, not just bulls? I never really thought about it for members of the bovine family (which includes what all beyond cows/bulls(er, steers, too, I guess but how far does one need to split hairs?)…like, buffalo? bison? are they bovine, too? They’re all lead UP the same tree, but I’m not sure how far DOWN they are the same, right.

        Seems like deer-type animals have a male/female to horn/hornless thing going on, but again, I defer to your superior knowledge in things like this, what with your being in actual veterinary classes XDD

        1. Yeah, isn’t that weird about horns? I’d never really thought about it before I started this schooling, but if I had I would also have assumed that horns universally signified male. But this is not, in fact, the case. Also, I just learned on Friday that there is no polled (naturally hornless) breed of goats, because the polled gene is linked to the infertility gene. There are individual goats that are polled, but it can’t be breed-wide. This seems very interesting to me!!

          Bison are in the Bovinae subfamily just like cattle, and they can interbreed with them, so, yes, you can call them bovines too. They tend to carry a lot of diseases that ranchers work hard to keep out of their cattle herds.

  2. I’m not an artist, so I can’t give you any technical feedback. I can tell you that I think it looks very good. I love the way you did the coloring on her body and horns. If she looked any more realistic, she’d start to moo.

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