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Elusive by Heatherzart Elusive by Heatherzart
18" x 24"
Scratchboard and Ink

This is a Clouded Leopard named Tate who also lives at the EFBC in Rosamond, CA. He also has a mate who will give him some cubs soon and I cannot wait! Clouded leopards are extremely rare and even in captivity they're difficult to view - they tend to hide wherever they can and aren't very social. But on the day I took his picture Tate was a happy boy, the addition of his new lady friend, Kyoke, has really brought out the rascal in him. I have a few more pictures of Tate and Kyoke planned for the gallery next year. With their beautiful markings and expressive eyes, clouded leopards are amazing cats.
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:iconmittenstheninjakitty:
Wow, it's so realistic, it looks like a photo! And the details, from the fur to the reflections of cage bars in it's eyes, it's all very lovely :D
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Thylacine333 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
yeah I thought it was a photo at  first too !
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Jei-Dinofelini Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
And I thought that was a photograph!!! Stunning!!!!!!!!

i love the colors you have used
they really make you think that its a photograph when this is in thumbnail view
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
The best of december in animals category in :iconparadiseofartists: You're featured in our blog: paradiseofartists.deviantart.c… and in our gallery: justsitback.deviantart.com/?rs…

CONGRATULATIONS! :icongrin--plz:
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Real pretty :love:
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Mykoto Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my what a beauty! Love clouded leopards! I love how you depicted him gripping that trunk, you can see his paws really working there. Such a beautiful creature, awesome job! I thought this was a photograph when I clicked on it!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!  I'm in the process of doing him again in a full body pose.  I love their thick knobby legs and long tails.  And the markings!  I was lucky to get great reference shots of him as he was really active that day.

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Splash-Otter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Fantastic job on the highlights/shadows contrast and all the textures :D
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!  He's a great subject
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Chucha616 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Artist
is so beautiful
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As-Is-I Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work.
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itachixsakura7777 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Beautiful :heart:
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nykol-haebrd Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Love the textures :wow:
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LunaLisica Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Wow, this is real art!
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Sparklet-Rayne Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks so real I thought it was a photo.
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TooHypper Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DROP DEAD AMAZING! I thought this was a photograph
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yerduf Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I canīt stop looking at this one, is more than amazing, Inspirational
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MissFlykt Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Just....Amazing! I love this picture! Stunning work!
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BoogsDaKittyKat Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When i first saw this i thought it was real!
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TigerDragon1001 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing, so incredibly realistic!
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love scratchboard and you are one of the best scratchboard artists I've seen! Just stunning work!
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wave: This work (+ possibly some others) has been included in Traditional Art Favorites of 2012 feature! :aww:
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nightpacer Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is awesome! I really like how you did the texture of the clouded fur, it looks so cool! And so real! I also like how you did the black background, it makes the leopard stand out a lot. :heart:
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JrGraphicsNL Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning
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XxXxECHOxXxX Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
i thought this was real at first.o.o
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pinestater234 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Photographer
This is another wonderful work! Your attention to detail is stunning! Fav.
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ShilohsArts Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Writer
very nice work.
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wolverine041269 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You works of art are so stunning and beautiful and the level of detail is out of this world :D
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FantasticFennec Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful. :heart:
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Glenn0o7 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   Photographer
Beautiful work :)
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work.
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Arixona Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, beautiful!
i love his eyes *-*
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work! :love:
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SunStateGalleries Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ladies often bring the rowdiness out of boys, don't they? I really like the varying lengths of strokes to get the longer fur on the arms and belly. The colors while similar on the branch and body of the cat, manage to coincide nicely, and it does not blend in to the point it is difficult to view. The wood furthest to the left seems particularly life-like and the lighting really spreads itself nicely, excellent job! ^^
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
oh wow stunning
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Trinitite Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Stunning detail and color!
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Plumcrazy68 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Wow.....
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kookybat Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a member at the EFBC too :> and I love making scratchboards but your level of skill always amazes me!!
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Eltasia Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
w0w! incredible work!! :clap:
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Alannah-Hawker Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Photographer
This is incredible as always Heather! Clouded leopards are easily my favourite animal, so I was very happy to see you'd done one! :D
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paperhorses Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning!
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SilverWildeRose Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student
so cute!!!!!!!!!! >_<
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JennyMoedKorpela Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Another absolute stunner..... Beautiful!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really beautiful work! I love this one. You did a fantastic job! :D
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anniecanjump Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
I am blown away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MusicAddict26 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wow, this is amazingly beautiful!
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AmBr0 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Words can't describe how amazing is this piece! Brilliant work awesome stare! :clap::+fav:
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kath-mandu Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Wow! O.O The use of texture in this piece is amazing - particularly on the wood and the leopard's fur. Fantastic job! <3
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GilPires Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Thumbs UP!
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Twainwall Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Just beautiful. :hooray: :+fav:
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