Wow, great work! I like how realistic it looks (fantastic job on the anatomy!), the shadings are great, too. And the mane and the tail...Plus, I really like the different shades of gray. Sometimes such a picture is better than a fully colored one. It's not fail. Not at all.
Well it's only as good as it is because I had to reference off of a real picture in my art class (this is an assignment) and compared to the picture I used this is pretty messed up, I have the perspective with the head and stuff completely different >.< But thanks <=3
Thing is with me is that the only time I actually like to use refs are when I'm just using it for the design of something or anatomy, but in this case I had to draw the horse in the picture (same horse, same pose, same shading, etc)and I absolutely suck at that. If you saw the picture I had to use for this you wouldn't even know that I referenced off of it because they're so different even though I tried a thousand times to make it as similar as possible; I failed at the perspective of the head and the mouth and the back legs aren't even there and so on, that's one of the reasons I hate referencing like that because I can never, ever draw it right and it makes me want to throw my paper out the window after breaking my pen because it makes me feel like I suck at everything art-related -_-' (sorry I'm sort of ranting)
Thats ok, most things i have drawn to be exactly as a photograph ect never come out exact... otherwise you would just about have to photo copy it lol...but it doesnt matter it doesnt have to be exact the same as the photo ect, i mean that is why people buy commissions of pet portraits for example other wise they would just get a photo blown up and printed on a canvas... i suck at photo referencing my own dog... oh dont worry about ranting you can rant and vent all you want i am starting to ramble however... I get what you mean though with art in school, in year 11 we had the same things to do in our studio art class, we were given famous paintings to reference from once... yeah that really did not work out well, i think they do it to make you think about your style in a different way... not that i ever did as a teenager...life was complicated enough without our teachers doing that to our minds... if i could re-live any part of my life it would be before puberty... then like way after it when i was 19-24.. ok im rambling now....