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Kiss of Death by Heatherzart Kiss of Death by Heatherzart
24" x 36"
Scratchboard and Ink

The name suggests something fierce but the actual reason for the name is sort of an inside joke. This summer I went to Belize and signed up for the "kiss of Death" experience at the Belize Zoo. Without going into all the disappointing details of the day I will say we went into a cage smaller than my car - inside the jaguar enclosure - and got to meet Junior up close and personal. Junior is a neutered jaguar who was rescued from a drug dealer's compound and is a big part of the country's effort to save this greatly endangered animal. The day boasted petting, feeding and a "kiss" from Junior himself - we found out when we got inside that the kiss only goes to people with a buzz cut or no hair at all as his scratchy tongue could scalp anyone with longer hair. But the petting through the bars and feeding was pretty amazeballs. If you ever get the chance to pet a live jaguar - I HIGHLY recommend it!

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:iconjoniwagnerart:
joniwagnerart Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
Everyone of you pieces leaves me breathless.  It also gives me such a strong itch to try scratchboard.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great!  The best compliment to my work is that it inspires others to try scratchboard.  It's such a fun medium, it just requires extreme patience  :)
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StillDormant Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Exquisite
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mittenstheninjakitty Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
This is amazingly beautiful and realistic!
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Silkkat Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing... Love the fur texture and detail. Beautiful colors
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning realism. Wonderful fur texture. :)
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Biniwood Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh my gosh!!! My brother went on that exact experience too! He sent us all a video of this guy giving him smooches, it was so awesome! You are such a wonderful painter, you've captured him beautifully :heart:
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BlackDog624 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Big cats are always gorgeous. <3 This piece truly is beautiful.
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Skyla-snow Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Beautiful <3
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lalanunnes Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Omg sooooooooo perfect *-*
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Imalia-DA Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Hi ! Your amazing work has been featured here : [link]
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MaiaCarlson Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so gorgeous! I've never seen such realism before, and now really want to get into scratchboard!
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh wow, this is so beautiful! :love: You're artwork is amazing, I love the realism of it! :heart:
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LMonster2 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such amazing work. It is so beautiful. I love your use of the black backdrop and the colors and details are so fine. It is amazing how it looks so real, as if it was photgraphed.
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The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   General Artist
Really beautiful...
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birain20 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
ohhhhhh . . . . . i really luve this one is breath taking!!!
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willeatyourface Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
wow.....this is stunning!
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marie-catss Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm just sooooo amazed by you! You really are someone I look up to, honestly. You make me want to use scratchboards, even if I didn't even know they existed! I absolutely love hyper-realism! I shared your website on my facebook! :)
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! scratchboard is a great medium if you have lots of patience. Check out [link] there are some amazing artists on there and instructional videos and stuff
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marie-catss Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
OH my thanks for the link! Keep on scratchboarding, you are truuuuly amazing to me!
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just amazing! :heart:
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Dozerson Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow I would rather not be 'kissed' by a jaguar. But I get the joke now. It's a good thing that I don't havemuch hair or I would be scalped. Amazing work.
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TaniaAV Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Awesome!!!
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Keiko12 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Wow!!!!! I'm amazed!!!! This is an awesome piece of work!
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Rae777 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured here [link]! :love:
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Sarawantsacracker Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Gorgeous.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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chordata1 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
forgive my french but holy shit, everytime i look at your work i am just as amazed as i was the first time i stumbled onto you, amazing amazing work, simply stunning
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, thanks!
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heartinart Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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foxluver1 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Gorgeous artwork!
I wish there were more interactive animal places! The only one I ever found cost 60 dollars, and they literally set a baby tiger on your lap for 5 seconds to take a pic. -.-
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Holy crap! I'd totally do it. But yeah I find you have to leave the country to get experiences like this.
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foxluver1 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
indeed ;c
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Passin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Wow, that must have been an experience. Amazing work
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, zoos in foreign countries are always an adventure.
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JrGraphicsNL Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Purrrfect :D
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thx!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work! :)
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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Yuki1503 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
wow, amazing
love it!!!!!!!!!!!! :love:
it looks so real!!!!
wish I could make something like that!! :D
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol! Thanks - just keep practicing
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Yuki1503 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
you're welcom - yes I will keep practicing ^^
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:love: Featured here: [link]
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feature!
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detasar Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
so beautiful :heart:
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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Trinitite Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
STUNNING shading!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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