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November 14, 2011
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Better Light
Model Super6k
Shutter Speed
1/50 second
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jul 12, 2012, 10:30:00 AM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.0 Macintosh
Captivity - Kim Lee by Heatherzart Captivity - Kim Lee by Heatherzart
Scratchboard and Ink
24" x 36"
Chinese Leopard

Kim Lee is a Northern Chinese Leopard living at the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound in Rosamond, CA. It's a non-profit organization set up to save endangered species and educate the public. Kim Lee is the first of my "Captivity" series which has special significance to me. All of my reference photos are taken at zoos or breeding facilities and it's a fact of life that is both tragic and utterly necessary. Without protection, many of these animals will be extinct in our lifetime. My series is meant to show the beauty and majesty these cats hold regardless of and even in spite of their captivity. Kim Lee and I had a moment where she sat down at her fence not three feet from where I sat on the sidewalk and just... posed for me. I chose to show the reflection of the fence in her eyes so as not to forget where she is and why.

Professional photo now up - colors and detail are so much better! And I updated the print page.
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kittenkateaspen Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Is Wonderful
Datfoxthou Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Crying Charmandar Bulbasaur Crying It's so BEAUTIFUL 
Bitch0nline Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
:iconclapplz: WOW you are the best traditional artist I have seen you do such beautiful work!!!!
NiftyNguni Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazingly beautiful! 
Matsuemon Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Sorry, I can't critique something that is utterly perfect. Simple as that =)
Dwarf-In-The-Flask Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How exactly do you add the colour? Do you just create the scratch art normally and then incorporate the colour?
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, that's what I do. I try to scratch the whole piece out first to lay out the direction and then I'll color it with a broad ink wash. From there I'll scratch and color and scratch and color until I feel like I've got the right mixture. The ink has to be diluted because it's really vibrant and it changes on you layer to layer, it also leaves a film on the board that reflects light and it's pretty hard to cover up. By watering the ink down and layering slowly, there's less of a chance that you'll go too far and then have to scratch it all away again (which I still do a LOT). Patience is the key - I do a lot better when I don't have a deadline!
Dwarf-In-The-Flask Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well you do incredible work.
I've only made one piece of scratch art, and it turned out.. Meep. Not horribly, but certainly not like the pieces you make.
TooHypper Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Inspires me, takes my breath away and stirs my soul!

Thanks for that!
Falcolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
So pretty :heart:
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