A topic that comes up often on the NaMoPaiMo Facebook page is the "Ugly Phase." Kristen Cermele explains it like this: I noticed during last year's NaMoPaiMo that people get really disheartened when their horse looks "ugly." A lot of artists, myself included, refer to this as the Ugly Phase.
It's also hard to trust that the random neon yellow you laid down is actually going to end up being a bright chestnut.
Michele Katz Grieder concurs. She writes: This before and after picture shows why you should not be discouraged when your horse is in the ugly stage. These dapples were done with a micro brush.
Thank you so much, Kristen and Michele, for sharing your "ugly" pictures. I know these will help a lot of beginning artists keep the faith even when their model is looking less than stellar.