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Model Super6k
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Date Taken
Apr 3, 2013, 5:19:10 PM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.0 Macintosh
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   Traditional Artist
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.
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McLaren-Spyder Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Student General 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?
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