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Aug 19, 2013, 10:12:47 AM
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Captivity 2 - Java by Heatherzart Captivity 2 - Java by Heatherzart
24" x 36"
Scratchboard and Ink

This is a picture I've worked on for over two years. The FIRST one, (yes I said first one - there are actually two), was ruined at about 75% completion - I hit the wood underneath the clay coating and after many many attempts to fix it, I finally gave up and put it away. So here is the final version - started over from scratch then professionally photographed.

Java is a leopard living in The Enchanted Garden at the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas. If you've never visited it, I highly recommend it. It's a small facility but beautifully built and maintained. The cat enclosures are spectacular and the keepers treat each animal as if they were part of their family. The photo reference of Java was actually a surprise. I was clicking away and playing with my focus, trying to get the cat and not the chain link - not easy to do for a novice like me! When I looked through my photos for the day this one jumped out at me. It was a risky decision to leave the chain link in the final artwork but I thought it made such a statement. Yes Java is in captivity and hand raised but he is still wild, and that's something a cage cannot take away.
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JaqErant92 May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly incredible!
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NamibSeed Apr 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
WOW!!!
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i can see sadness in his eyes....
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dholms Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
scratchboard???
wt...????
this is amazing!
the intricate detailing is mind boggling.
right down to the chain link fence AND the reflection of the chain link fence in the leopard's eyes!
goodness!!
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Hyena27 Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just…wow. Absolutely amazing and beautiful. His expression is stunning. I love that the chain link fence is there. It reminds you of the capitovity he may be in but his eyes speak of the true wild nature he holds. Great work
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Trinitite Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Stunning; I love the reflection of the cage in the eyes, and the detail is astonishing!
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wolverine041269 Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just so fantastic, beautiful, stunning, awesome, brilliant and its quite good too lol :D
You have an amazing talent and i just love your works :hug:
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:iconerarosaimmortal21:
Absolutely amazing! I love your art, it's so realistic.
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