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Better Light
Model Super6k
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1/15 second
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Date Taken
Jun 12, 2012, 7:30:25 PM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.0 Macintosh
Izu 3 by Heatherzart Izu 3 by Heatherzart
24" x 36"
Scratchboard and Ink

This is the mighty Izu and part of my "Emerging" series. He lives in the San Diego Safari Park and has the noted distinction of being the father of all the cubs they have there. The San Diego Zoo is known for their success in breeding endangered species and the Safari Park is a great place to witness that success. Izu lives in grand enclosure that is perfect for snapping pictures of him - on any given day you can see him lounging on top of his "mountain" or asleep on top of his Jeep with his ladies nearby. I have thousands of photos of Izu and you'll see him as a recurring character in many of my works.

Just loaded a new file that is so much better - colors are dead on, and I updated prints.
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Hello, dear Heathherzart)
I should say I have just made an acquaintance with your vivid art and it impressed me that much I realized I am gaining your level and higher!
Exact lines and proportions, well-made body balance and royal looking big cats cannot leave anyone without real delight!

There're some really not that important tips I should mention, however.
Firstly, even if it is a photographic appearance, some reflexes should be on lion's right paw - artist should colour the truth, especially in our case - classical tradition materials and realistic style.
Secondly, his right cheek also need some reflexes or it's loosing its' volume and looks flat.
Thirdly, of course I understand it may be your style in picturing but the surface on which he stands and walks ... My eyes are looking for it, perhaps, just a hint on it will be perfect.

Finally, my respects to the artist, your hands perform magic in real.
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Art1Maniak Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
King Among Kings,so very talented,and i live in san diego,you inspire!
Matsuemon Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Your work blows me away every time. INSANE!! haha
Sagittor Featured By Owner May 19, 2013   Photographer
Wow Wonderful!!!! :omg:
PaulChalmus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Scratchboard!! Ain't it (isn't it) good to be alive so the world can look at your skills.
TzikiiWolf Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is absolutely incredible!!!! :heart:
Nibi-Nekomata Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I can't believe the amount of detail and texture in the fur and mane. This is amazing.
MSamsonov Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
beautiful king zoo)
CindysArt Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So very beautiful! :love:
mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Excellent work.
celeste1528 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
gorgeous :heart:
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