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I'm not financially stable enough to own a horse.  But I ride two.  One of them is an Andalusian named Rowan who has suffered from EPM for quite a while.  It wasn't caught early, and he's had lasting problems for several years.  I'm not an expert on his condition, but the gist is that's an attack on the central nervous system that causes all kinds of lovely problems, most notably in Rowan's case, a loss of coordination and extremely unpredictable lameness/stiffness.  He had to be worked so that his muscles wouldn't "lock up" and that's where I came in to things. 

Recently, he spooked and fell backward so severely that he essentially landed on his butt.  His owner was flung clean off (a rare thing, she's very skilled).  I was asked to keep riding him, but he started to lock up, and a vet was called to take a look at him: his back was super sensitive and he could not be ridden.  A second visit confirmed that his condition has progressed to the point that he can't really "feel" anything behind his shoulders, and he's unable to catch himself if he starts to fall.  The vet out and said that it's not just that he can't be ridden anymore: he could quite literally topple over at any time, and is dangerous to handle in general.

With this, and the fact that Rowan is a proud horse who pines if he is not ridden and handled, his owner has made the decision to put him down while he is still in good spirits and before he begins to suffer (she imagines that the winter conditions in this area would lead to bad falls for him, and a frozen ground that would prevent an at-home burial). 

It's very hard to put a sick horse down.  It's harder to put down a horse whose illness you cannot truly see, and who seems happy, until he loses control of his own limbs. 

I knew him for about a year and a half and I will really miss him.  It hasn't sunk in that tonight was the last night I'd ever see him.  Please pray or think kind thoughts for his owner, who loves him and has agonized over this decision for some time.   

I am scratching post. 
  • Mood: Sadness
Raven Model Sheet by brightredrose
Raven Model Sheet
I have always wanted to assign myself a book project with a raven character.  These birds are already such characters.  The trick has been to find some balance between their rugged, ruffled, "ghastly grim" appearance and that bright-eyed intelligence that makes them endearing.  I entertain some hope that I'm beginning to strike a balance between "rugged" and "cute" with this guy. 

No, this is not Cory (a previous character who remains my personal mascot).  Cory is rendered realistically: here, the challenge is to figure out how much of my usual realism I can put into this guy without losing his innocent appearance.  Still working on some consistency issues too (feet). 
Teatime by brightredrose
The amount of revisions and post-I-thought-I-was-done-with-this does not bear description (and I'm still going "hmm" over whether to present this with the indication of text space below (which would be much wider to make room for text below the image), or to crop that off entirely.  Or to go back and fill in the rest of it just for giggles. 

These are the things that keep me up at night.  Not scales, or individual blades of grass.  MARGIN PRESENTATION. 

Anyway, they're having tea. 
(I eventually abandoned accuracy in the exact design of the tea set and the placement of items on the mat because, quite frankly, Old Rabbit is a bit of a weirdo...and a dragon is much too large to use a cup, so he ended up drinking out of the cooling bowl.  Very improper). 
Reference: Avice by brightredrose
Reference: Avice
The only decent design to come out my teenage art years.  Short-circuited this week and just started doodling during substitute planning periods.  Slapped them together so that I could pretend I was productive. 

You'd think after eleven years I'd be able to maintain flawless consistency but NOPE, the struggle continues. 
:bulletred:  This is not meant to constitute accurate equine anatomy.  I am aware that it breaks the mold.  The difference is that it's actually intentional this time. 

Actual art to follow in a few days.  Fans of my dragon and rabbit pictures will enjoy.
Tight Sketch:  Rikyr by brightredrose
Tight Sketch: Rikyr
“But you must know that only he who fights the darkness within will the day after tomorrow have his own share in the sun.”  -Odysseus Elytis

Small birthday sketch for cnicht because she dug up copies of my writing from 2006 and it pays to keep people like that happy nostalgia.  Character belongs to her.  I took some extreme liberties due to time constraints. 

I normally never upload sketches to DeviantArt, because it would clog my gallery.  If this kind of work is your thing, head on over to my blog and follow me there for weekly sketches.  :) 


is a silly sheep
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Elisabeth Rose Craster is probably crazy.

It takes a special brand of crazy to go to school for art. Elisabeth studied Illustration at both the Delaware College of Art and Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art. She graduated with her Bachelor's in Illustration in the spring of 2013.

Miss Craster is nutty enough to live with an imaginary raven and a (very real) fat orange tabby cat. She is currently based in her small hometown of Felton, Delaware.

Elisabeth still believes in make-believe and aspires to create illustrated storybooks, book covers, and posters for children and young adults. In an age dominated by the latest gadgets, she plans to combine modern technology with traditional draftsmanship to keep the book--or ebook--abreast of the arms-race for children's attention.

Most of all, Elisabeth is crazy because she never wanted to grow up. So she never did.

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Ravetta Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful art gallery, it is a pleasure looking through your works!
Especially your unicorn paintings mean a lot to me. They remind me of a book I wanted to write years ago and somehow never did ^^
brightredrose Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  You and me both.  :XD: 
abimanyudju Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lighting effect on your art are superb. i learn a lot just by watching it. thanks for sharing.
brightredrose Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I actually had a very good friend helping me with the lighting on this one.  :)  This piece was originally a lot colder, with a pale light.  She reminded me that light has color and convinced me to go crazy with it. 
Meeweeda Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Student General Artist
I just discovered your work and am in love with it. Your style makes me nostalgic. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful talent!
brightredrose Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  :D
Liszica Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
Can you draw a cat, from fur of lampart, very, very long tail, big ears and colorfull eyes? Please! I need this cat for me book fantasy.. The "cat" name is Iknoen. I'm from Poland. 
brightredrose Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
It takes me about 40-60 hours to complete a piece, so unfortunately I can't add any projects to my list right now.  :(  I'm already very late sending out my scheduled projects.  It's an interesting concept, though!  I will tell you that the publishing industry usually doesn't like authors to already have illustrators picked out--they like to do that for you.  :)  So, write your book, and don't worry about the pictures just yet.  :D
Ganjamira Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter

:iconlachoirplz: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! :iconlachoirplz: I hope you´ll have an awesome day with lots of presents and a huge cake!!!:party::tighthug:

brightredrose Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually I got lots of cash. ^^  Which I'm 100% okay with. 
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