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December 7, 2010
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Date Taken
Dec 7, 2010, 2:01:40 AM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 Macintosh
Cheetah Snuggle by Heatherzart Cheetah Snuggle by Heatherzart
18" x 24"
Scratchboard and Ink

Haven't gotten the cheetahs names yet - they are two of the cheetahs living at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. This is a second commission to go with Pombe 2, I don't think the colors are going to match up right but it might be ok. They will be hung side by side though so I had to keep the light source the same. This was difficult since the photos were taken on different days, I ended up making a sculpture out of it and then creating my light source that way. It was time consuming but a really great exercise in the end and I think I'll use it again. As always any and all comments are greatly appreciated.
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what REALLY catches my attention is the extreme amount of detail in this! it's absolutely amazing! textures, lighting, color, and anatomy are all an A+! not to mention how sweet and adorable this is. i love how the cheetahs fade into the black background as they get farther into the picture.
theres almost nothing negative i can imply about this picture. one thing i would suggest is keeping a closer eye on the muzzle of the cat in profile. the tearmarks and muzzle look strange. cheetahs like all muzzled animals, have 'whisker-holes' i call them, leading into the middle of their snout. look at this photo

maybe tweaking some little dots in there would make this even more super amazing!
but overall, this is a piece of artwork deserving at least a daily deviation! i would suggest it but don't know how. keep up the amazing work! :thumbsup:
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At first peek I thought this was a phoco till closer inspection I was all WHOA the detail in this is amaing. The tender feeling you get is just so warm and calming. I have seen alot of cheetah artwork but this happens to be one of the best and one of the most detailed. You added just the right amount of spots *Some people draw very few or way to many*

I simply love this peice of work if I seen it in stores i would buy it in a heartbeat. There is not very many feline works like this mostly wolves I am bad for it myself but I rather love this. ~Blue
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Runningmelon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student General Artist
It's amazing! I wish I could do that.
hotwert Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
outstanding! one of the best cheetah image I have ever seen! <3

I just wonder what cost a commission like this?
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This image was $1500 about three years ago.  It's 18" x 24" so not the largest image I do, I sell the biggest ones for $3000 to $3500.
tassieart Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ColineSatsi Featured By Owner May 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Les détails sont impressionnant ! :o

Bravo ! *o*
animalzRforever Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely GORGEOUS! Wow! Seriously amazing, keep up the fantastic work!
Linnunlento Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow.. it looks so lively! I love these`s fur!
LindArtz Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Fantastic!! :headbang:
Keiko12 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Oh my goodness!!! This is so amazing!!! Your detail is just astounding!!!
missajt95 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Wow I cant believe you did that on a scratch board it is amazing i love it
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