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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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Yoshedagreen Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
The colors are stunning!
Zemywolf Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Words cant describe!
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:
wolverine041269 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a fantastic work of art it is so beautiful and stunning :D
anniecanjump Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Your beautiful work astounds me.... You work magic with the scratchboard.
erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
He looks so powerful and majestic. He's one handsome lion. :)Very good work, just beautiful. ;)
Desenart Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing art ! very beautiful, i just love it!
Venlige Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is this traditional art?! I thought that digital. :wow:
it's so... amazing!
rewston Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
im so fascinated by your coloured scratchboards, how do you get the colours so vibrant?
C0lorfulBubbles Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Stunning. That word sums up everything I could say.
brennerdoc Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Earleywine Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. Very nice :)
Shekhina Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! How many hours does it take for you to make a piece like this?
It looks amazing!
Hyena27 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome:D saw this at the fair along with Izu 4. They looked amazing in person
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Did you happen to see if they won any awards? I haven't been able to ge there myself yet and I'm dying to find out.
Hyena27 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes:3 Congrats Izu 3 won 2nd place!!!! Oh and you inspired me to enter:)
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay! Oh I'm so glad you're going to enter! Just mark your calendar for April next year, that's when they open up admissions and remember that all art jurists are different. Just because you don't make it in one year doesn't mean you won't get in the next. Every year is different for me, this year I entered four pieces and they only accepted two - all other years I got every picture in that I entered. And acrylic, watercolor and oil get loads of entries but illustration, and mixed media get a lot less - your chances are greater getting into less popular categories.
It's really an amazing opportunity because it's a chance for your work to be seen by 30,000 people, it's worth a try!
Hyena27 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh accualy I entered for this year (sorry I ment you inspired me last yearXD) and I got it:D Oh ok I see. Thats great that you have gotten in art every year!
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh that's great - what's your entry I'll make sure to look for it when I go on Friday!
Hyena27 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok:D It's a scratch art of a dog. its titled Delilah and my name is Halie. When you got if you walk in throught the doors that have the giant art supplies on the side to your right there is the first wall of art for youth. Its with those:)
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Halie,

I saw your work tonight - great Job! What material are you working on? It looked like a cardboard scratchboard but it was hard to tell with the lighting. It was a great spot for it, right out front but as usual they were sloppy with their lighting. I have to say the show was really disappointing in general. There were so many amazing works that weren't recognized and then odd, poorly conceived, or just plain bad work won three and four awards! I think I enjoyed the student work best of all - so many creative pieces - even the amateur works were impressive but the professional section this year was just not good. I don't know what the judges were smoking but it was almost embarrassing how bad their choices were. There have got to be some really angry artists that were passed over with no recognition at all.
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ShellyBad Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap: :omg: :clap: :omg: :clap:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder :eye:
FantasticFennec Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Has been featured as one of #AfricanValleys monthly features here [link]
Xerces Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Incredible work! such a fantastic level of detail- it looks so flawlessly real!
xxx-ellie Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Truely insane.
frenchw1nter Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow. Just, wow. :wow:
chemicalkidd Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Your fantastic work was featured here!
Amieku Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Stephie-Wesson Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous!
LInconnu24 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
moomoocahchoo Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Absolutely breath taking. I love everything about it, the lighting, the composition, the detail, the color are all perfect.
FantasticFennec Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is stunning! The detail in the fur is truly amazing, I'm in awe of your talents. The way the lion blends so perfectly into the background, whist still being able to pick out the detail of the black of the mane is just perfect.
The only suggestion that I would make would be the composition. I personally would have put the blank space to the right of the picture rather then the left. It feels as if the lion's gaze is cut-off too soon and would have been nice if he had some negative space to stare into, and it doesn't feel as if having the space on the left serves much purpose, although it’s nice to have a little black for him to be emerging from, I don’t think it needed to be so much. :)
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - that's a really good point - since he's looking to the right it might have been better to have the dark on the other side. You might have noticed that it's part of a series so I was just following the pattern. I like to have them walking out of the dark but I did put him very close to the edge. I placed the others with a little more room so it's not so obvious. I appreciate your comments!
cinda6000 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
It's great like it is! I would leave anything else up to the viewers imagination - a little mystery will add even more interest.

hypothetic7 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Great work. I have to try color someday.
AdorisArts Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011   General Artist
Holy CRAP, You're AMAZING!
AletheiaFelinea Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Shadows and tones are so rich, wonderful. How did you persuade him to comb his mane before posing? :D
Dustable Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Pfft! I thought this was a photograph before I looked at it closely!

Great work!
71-Blackbird Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
O:!! Art from you! :heart: :hug:!! I am so glad you are alive! ;P

This is amazing, way better then any of the scratch I have uploaded o,o I really like the colors and contrast on this one, you still remain one of my favorite artists purely because of your attention to detail and light (:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
ha ha - I know - been lazy and preoccupied lately. But the fairs are coming up and it's my big selling time so i have a few more masterpieces on the way... I hope
71-Blackbird Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
I am so excited! I can't wait :3
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