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Anny and Zach by Heatherzart Anny and Zach by Heatherzart
30" x 30" x 2"
Scratchboard and Airbrush

This is Anny and Zach, they live in a wild cat sanctuary in Rosamond, California. They are two of the most beautiful snow leopards I've ever seen, absolutely perfect faces and features. Because its a cat sanctuary and not a zoo, the enclosures are rather small and you can get pretty close to the animals. I sat myself down on the pavement in front of their enclosure and both cats came right up to the bars and rolled on the ground in front of me, they were very playful. I have a whole series planned for them though I'll probably do the next few in color.
As always, any and all comments are welcome - if something doesn't look right - don't be shy, I can take it!
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Wow, this has so much detail it look like a photo! I love exaggeration of the wrinkles on the paws and face, it really makes them 3D and eye pleasing. It is fun to look around at all the little hairs and highlights on the faces!

Vision: This is very fun to look at, it draws your eyes around the page to check out each and every stroke of the knife. It is also very well put together in terms of contrast and value.

Originality: Though it is just two snow leopards together, the pose you chose is a little plain. It might have been a little better to turn one of the heads to a different angle for more interest? I think that the overall pose of the bodies are excellent though!

Technique: Well, 5 out of 5 on this as always! There are so few scratch board artists it is very hard to find one that is bad! Your use of highlights and shadows has always awed me. And this is no different!

Impact: This is beyond excellent, your work has always been a huge inspiration to help me grow and keep trying in scratch board. Now all I have to do is get the real thing (not the paper I use ;P)
Thank you SO much for uploading such a wonderful artwork!! :hug:
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When you look at a picture and it captivates you. It's art. When you look at a picture and it takes your breath away, that is when the artist has done their job correctly. I love the strokes of the lines, the smoothness around the eyes. The darkness of the shadows falling perfect in every way. I can not find any fault with this picture even if I tried. The way the fur wrinkles up, is simply divine. When you look at this you have to look more then three times. I had once thought it was a photo. It had baffled my mind. Its so perfect. I truly am inspired and moved by this picture. The Snow Leopard is of course my all time favorite animal and hence forth I just had to leave my train of thought here. Even down to the twist of the whiskers this picture is simply perfect!! I love how you can see the power in the paws. They look so relaxed. Makes you want to sit with them.
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JustGoreJess Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
this is gorgeous
birain20 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
beautiful!!!! i mean beutifullll keep it up, i would really love to have your talent!!!! you lucky sob trust me it look just right to me, you are blessed!!!!
manlyunicorns Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
rahulsilverfang Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your beautiful work is featured here...[link] :)
KatiusNehebsis Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
That is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! :heart:!!!
Psyartista9 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student General Artist
I love all the detail in this piece! They look so fluffy.
YveFox Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
wildstar80 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
ladyhawk123ca Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
MapleSpyder Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! I adore how you did the fur and stones, brilliant!
Was just wondering for the airbrushing, what colour ink you use?
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I only use black - even for the colored pictures. The airbrush just helps me add my shadows back in where I scratched too much and gives me gray tones. I'm pretty clunky with it actually, I couldn't do anything intricate with my airbrush I leave all the detail work to the scratching.
MapleSpyder Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? Wow. I always thought you used some sort of coloured airbrush to colour the pictures, or something in that order. But Thank you so much for telling me :) :heart:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I found your work via the lion that just received the DD, but this... this is exquisite. It's been ages since I worked with scratchboard, but I know how much work you must've put into it, and this is extremely impressive. The two cats are absolutely beautiful too, and what a great experience to be able to observe them so closely!
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I like the black and white - it's more traditional. Old school I guess you could say. And whenever I can I try to get to know the story behind the animals, it gives it more meaning.
LauraL4u Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
becwonders Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
insane ?!?!??!!! so incredible.
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol, thanks!
abiparmenter Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Student General Artist
you never fail to amaze! this is simply stunning, you're a truly incredible artist and an inspiration! :aww:
DeeMo247 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011   Digital Artist
Pretty kitties!! I always look forward to your new pieces. :D Gorgeous I love the detailing.
SoulCanvas Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
I don't know why you dislike the background- I think it looks great!
LotusTwister Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is sooo detailed and beautiful. x3 I love it so much. This piece is really nice.
sinccolor Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
wow!! just WOW!!
Xerces Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
they look so beautiful! wonderful work on the markings
shonechacko Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really amazing!
smp156 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
That is beautiful.
frenchw1nter Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Can I just say, I absolutely adore your work. It is just so mind-stunningly amazing!

The only thing I would have to say in critisism is that when you do all of the tiny little lines for each of the individual hairs, particularly on the paws, they seem a little bit uniform and artificial. If you could perhaps try to mess them up just a little bit, I think that would add realism, since no cat in real life has 100% perfect combed-into-place hairs. Know what I mean?

Really, though, I feel almost bad for critisising at all, because your work surpasses any scratchboard work that I have ever seen - truly magnificent! :D
mikeyweber Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
I simply LOVE it. What a wonderful piece of art. And so well executed. Could look at it for hours. I am truly impressed as I know how time consuming it is to do such a thing on scartchboard.
I was wondering what the process behind this artwork is? Do you draw Annie and Zack on a piece of paper and traced onto the scratchboard?
Pawlove-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
omg I'm speechless.. :jawdrop:
Mkatpro11 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this is.....perfect, very well done :D
toshema Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow, that soooo gorgeous !!! great work, :iconplusfav:s it !!!!!
Raineve Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
omg so amazing!
AletheiaFelinea Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Aww, so fluffy. They looks as good friends. :)
artistic-dream Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Yet another amazing piece of work!

The detail is amazing, and the black and white gives it a real atmosphere and adds to the overall impact when you first look at it. The different textures within the fur and the clearness of the eyes are particularly well done. They are indeed beautiful cats, and I can't wait to see future works in colour.
ButterscotchWM Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student General Artist
I cannot even conceive how it's possible to make something look so realistic on a scratch board... These never cease to amaze me.
wanderinatnight Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Wow. Your fur looks soft and plushy, the rocks hard, and the eyes gleam. The sense of depth is spot on. This is a great example of what a talented artist can accomplish with scratchboard. Fantastic work. :clap: I swear, I expected the leopards to blink or yawn.
smaragdweiss Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful. I love the delicate lines and attention to detail. The way the ambient light is absorbed into their fur is stunning and I am drawn into their majestic eyes. You should definitely make more scratchboard art of this style.
a01087483 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011

Dude.... thats amaaazing D: ... I so want to have that extra large and hang it in my house ._.

pretty D: .... and wow the composition <3 and the shadows <333333
Chikrata Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That is amazing!
The detail is amazing. Great contrast too :)
Zerda-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student General Artist
simply amazing.. ♥
ViturinnFox Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Wow. Just wow.

Im not even gonna describe how beautiful and awesome and amazing this is, because i know that i wont be able to stop xD
Alannah-Hawker Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011   Photographer
Really nice to see some uploads from you again!

Great detail Heather, love the expressions here.
g-technical Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Awesome piece, I love the velvety textures of your cats and light/dark aspects of the composition. Really cool.........
NikitaDarkstar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ohh I love them. You do some of the most realistic looking scratchboard work I've ever seen, they almost look like photos. But in this case I have to say the nose on the one in the back looks a little off. It looks like the left side buldges out more than it should? I hope that makes sense. Anyway other than that this is absolutely adorable and the amount of details is amazing. :3
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the input, I'll take a look at the original. This was the first time I created the lighting myself so I'm really concerned about the snout area on both of them. It's very tricky trying to interpret lighting in your head - I've been lucky that all of my pictures so far had the lighting in the original photograph and I didn't have to think about it.
AdrianeInnisNeill Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the most beautiful scratchboard art ,yet :)

I was wondering, do you do some kind of sketch lines before you start to actually scratch the images?
Or is it all freehand drawing?
I just wanted to try sratchboard myself, but noticed that I cannot remove graphite from the surface and chalk fades off so easily, I have to redraw it after one hour again. That left me quite puzzled. :?
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I usually transfer the image with a white or offwhite pastel stick. I coat the back of my transfer image and then draw on the surface with crayon. Then I work bottom right to upper left and scratch out a simple outline over the chalk lines. This way I don't wipe off the areas with my hand and when I'm done I can see a very light outline scratched on the board. When I'm scratching out my outline I pay close attention to fur direction so when I go in for more detail I don't have to scratch over any straight lines - my rough outline is already going in the directions I need it to.
When I have time to do a rough draft I will sketch out my image to figure out fur pattern ahead of time but when it comes to putting it on my board, I print out a blown up version of the photograph I'll be using as my reference and use that to trace my lines on the board. I never want to take a chance that my perspective will be skewed - with all the work you'll be putting into the scratched finished version it would be a crime for something to be crooked or misshapen. Don't take any chances - trace the photo.

Hope this helps!
AdrianeInnisNeill Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
I will try it out that way right away. :)
jackegiacomo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
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