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Horse Anatomy the Muscles by COOKEcakes Horse Anatomy the Muscles by COOKEcakes
BEFORE YOU USE THIS AS REF, know that this was an assignment for my animal anatomy class. I received a B- on it, lower than I was hoping for but not bad by my teacher's grading system.

I hope that it helps those of you who like drawing horses because that's the main reason why I uploaded it. There are lots of skeleton horse anatomy charts to be found on the internet, but not many good horse muscle charts, at least non very good in my findings. Mine's not perfect (I believe there is a muscle or two mislabeled), but better than most of what I was able to find in a regulra google search-I feel.

This took for frickin' evs. the labeling took longer than the drawing! Too many muscles and not enough space to fit all the labels in nicely without having to move everything 'round a bunch a times! photoshop kept bugging out on me too, saying that the file was getting too big with all the text, so i had to keep closing and reopening it and merging layers. This piece was a trip. :faint:

However, I enjoyed studying the muscle structure of the horse and trying to figure out where to place everything - even though it got frustrating at times. Dude, i had so much reference material to work from, it's ridic - too much. I got lost in all the differences from piece to piece; at times diff labeling, and varying art styles and values, muscel masses in slightly diff locations...

This was way too technical for me. This animal anatomy class has taught me that i could NEVER be a scientific artist.
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m0zch0ps Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
scientific illustration is a world apart, not only does your drawing skill have to be at top game, but everything has to be just right, or pieces just dont fit, and of course it all has to fit in 3D, and yeah getting references is just murder, (ou probably discovered heaps of different horse shapes too)
you did very well on this, i'm using it right now to help me get an orthographic turnaround of a war horse done, thanks to you its looking better, you deserve an A, 

btw tell your teacher he's too harsh! :)
COOKEcakes Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
thank you. :)
renahugs Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Oh wow, the horse's muscles have several names taken from the human muscles
TheEpicNewt Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Filmographer
Nice reference, I stumbled across it while searching about on Google. Its always nice to know how things actually work when you draw them. Thanks, this is helpful.
COOKEcakes Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
thanks, glad it's helped you. :)
NachoTheTrekkie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Same case.
TheLovelyVocal Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, you just saved me the trouble of struggling to read tiny font on another horse site. Thanks to you, my biology project goes a bit quicker!
COOKEcakes Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
glad it's being useful. :)
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
suneanarab Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012

Excellent work! would you be willing for it to be used on a horse information site I'm building? you can mail me at for details.
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