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Dust in the Sun by SnowglobeDragon Dust in the Sun by SnowglobeDragon
Chapter1 Assignment#2

Chin tucked down, Miss T. exhaled heavily into the cloth pulled up over her nose warming the lower half her face. An hour ago she had been mostly alone out here. Alone being an illusion when eighty some other bodies were set to occupy the same space at roughly the same time. Now that they had all collected the restless shifting was putting up a painfully obvious cloud of dust over the grouse bushes that should have concealed them all just fine during a wetter season.

The reins swung loose about Goose's neck. She trusted him not to go anywhere. Earlier he had let a much smaller horse almost back right under him without complaint. Miss T. had done enough for the two of them. She rearranged herself in her poncho to gather the warmth in. Mornings were just as chilly as she had suspected and she was smug on the inside having dressed for that eventuality.

A lone and slightly tardy man rode up giving a perfunctory pull on his hat. The hush spread out from those nearest his entrance until the crowd was quiet as such a mob could be. This must be the one they were waiting for.

All in all she could care less whether his claims were truer than false. This was just business. The likes of her wouldn't find much work in town if so much as a three legged dog was available to hire instead. She listened to the plan that sounded like it was cobbled together with a lick and a prayer.

Not much there to like about it. She had no strong ties to anything in this ragged band. If need be, and her needs always came first, she would cut her own way out of the leaky little boat she'd hitched herself to.

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Rush job, check. I thought I would have Saturday evening to work this, but plans have changed so it had to be rolled out now. Left this too long to do a collaboration so I borrowed a couple random outlaws who have already turned in their assignments to flesh out my crowd with active characters.

Lovely lady, loyal like you wouldn't believe if she can be bothered to care about something. She'd drop the lot of you like warm shit if it suited her needs. Maybe she'll change her attitude as the ride marches on, but she's holding this three ring circus at arms length for now.


Also Appearing:
FWMRambling Red Vixen & Evalyn Knight ~ShowDiva
TT Come Undone & Cora Mae ~EquusFerelus
Spook & Brian *Katha88
Silky & Aaron Walker ~WesternSpice
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Katha88 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Wow I love the style of this! Brilliant. It's so dynamic, with all the riders bustling around there and hey there is Brian and Spook, thanks for including those two. I will most certainly return the favor :]
I am always scared of drawing so many characters but you managed it well by hiding most of them :D Or showing them from behind. And of course Miss T is always nice to see :D Love her haha
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SnowglobeDragon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As I was drawing Brian I was wondering if I shouldn't find someone I hadn't included yet, but he seems like the type that would be right there front and center for the meeting. He wouldn't get out of the picture XD

Ahaha, yeah, no faces for anyone this time. The more I colored it the fewer people there were facing the camera until there were none left. Just kept saying 'No, I don't feel like drawing the face on this one eigther' :P
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xKhamsinStables Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As always, I love your style, and one thing that really stands out to me about this piece is your willingness to draw poses that most people see as unflattering, unbalanced, or other 'non-pretty' positions, that in reality make the piece much more lively and dynamic. Yeah, his butt's hunched up under him and his head's turned away and it's a slightly 'awkward' pose...so? Horses get into slightly awkward poses all the time, often just for a moment as they turn or start walking or balk at something or heck, just by being horses. :]
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SnowglobeDragon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I like pretty pictures as much as anyone, but I'm notorious for taking some of the worst action photos. Sometimes I get lucky, but I've learned to like some of those weird in between moments that happen before and after the iconic beauty poses (if I didn't I would be bald from ripping out my hair by now :P).
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xKhamsinStables Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I hear ya. I find it really refreshing and beautiful in its own way...but then again, maybe I'm just crazy. I did hold a show where the point was to show your horse and/or rider messing up, after all. XD
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walktrotcanter7 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You captured the atmosphere flawlessly! Wow!
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SnowglobeDragon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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live-inspired Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love her standoffish personality. xD It makes me giggle.
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SnowglobeDragon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She's probably going to get lots of chances to rub people the wrong way from what I've been reading in the other outlaws' stories. So many swelled heads in one place, it's going to be fun :D
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live-inspired Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Heheh. I'm not taking part in the Outlaw trail but it is fun to read.
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