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[ZWG 2016-17] Hold Still, You Mule! by prettypinkey2 [ZWG 2016-17] Hold Still, You Mule! by prettypinkey2
Horse: ZS0070 CPF's Wrath of Weeping Angels
Handler: Lex Cedric Jones
Show: Zlesdin Winter Grading Show (ZWG)
Class: Stallion Grading - Halter
"Hold still, you mule!" Lex grunted as he tightened his grip on the short lead rope attached to Sparrow's flashy bridle. Ophelia giggled. She was in the process of grooming the restless horse, who loudly whinnied a greeting to other horses that were passing by. In his excitable state, it was a wonder that neither of them had been bitten yet, as Sparrow usually loved any opportunity to take a nibble of fabric (luckily not skin, thanks to the brisk atmosphere). The horse skittered to the side again as Ophelia attempted to brush out some burrs from his flaxen tail.

Finally, after another half hour of wrestling with Sparrow, Ophelia and Lex changed positions and Lex retrieved his horse's new sha-dez with the hawk feather pattern. Once it had been clipped into place, he planted a quick kiss on Ophelia's forehead and took the lead rope from her fingers. "Wish us luck!" he said cheerily, chuckling as she just rolled her eyes and stuck her tongue out at Sparrow. Now behaving because he knew something was happening, Sparrow just blinked innocently at Ophelia as though nothing had happened. "Good luck, you goofballs," she said, playfully and softly punching her boyfriend's bicep as they passed her.

Lex and Sparrow walked at a slow, patient pace to the entrance of Zdarloch Stables, where the halter class was taking place. The sun was setting below the horizon by the time it was Sparrow's turn for his halter inspection, creating a dramatic backdrop of pinks, violets, and oranges that offset the trees' silhouettes. Sparrow shuffled in place a few times, his tail flicking once. Whether it was in excitement or agitation, Lex couldn't tell, the horse shifted moods so easily. Once the stallion noticed that others were watching him, though, he proudly put his head in the air to show off. Lex just sighed and was grateful that Sparrow was well-behaved enough when he had an audience, shaking his head with a grim smile. Ophelia joined him soon enough and they both chuckled lowly at Lex's unruly stallion's antics.
WC: 345

No lines again, and I'm super proud of my shading on this one too! Especially the little snow bits on the ground, I love doing those lol

Sparrow reference (not traced): 
Rancho Murieta 08 - Halter 10
Background: I took color inspiration from here, and the driveway itself was modeled after the image in the setting description for the halter class!
Tree brushes: Tree Silhouette and Tree Silhouette Brushes
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Aliyska Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The lighting and the colors are absolutely breathtaking :heart: They compliment Sparrows coat color so extreme well, he really stands out! Such a pretty horse ;u; I love his bridle, it's so flashy indeed <3 And can I just say that Lex and Ophelia are darn adorable? Can I? QQ The story was such a pleasure to read!

AHH best of luck :love:
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prettypinkey2 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why, thank you! I was quite surprised myself when I sat back and looked at the finished piece, haha! And yes, you certainly can! :iggle: I love them myself, although I'm probably just a smidge biased ;P But I'm glad you enjoyed the story! And thank you!
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that shading looks phenomenal! And such a beautiful mood/atmosphere in this ;U; 
Hehe, Sparrow makes one fancy looking mule for sure :giggle: 
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prettypinkey2 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thank you! I definitely love the colors that I used in this one. Haha, yeah, that's becoming Lex's favorite nickname for him xD
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Chaos7707 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017
This looks absolutely amazing :0
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prettypinkey2 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:la: thank you!
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FernHill Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cant get over how pretty this breed is 
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prettypinkey2 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL I know right?
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