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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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This is amazingly beautiful and realistic!
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Silkkat Oct 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing... Love the fur texture and detail. Beautiful colors
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KreepingSpawn May 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning realism. Wonderful fur texture. :)
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Biniwood May 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
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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:iconblackdog624:
Big cats are always gorgeous. <3 This piece truly is beautiful.
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lalanunnes May 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Omg sooooooooo perfect *-*
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Hi ! Your amazing work has been featured here : [link]
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MaiaCarlson 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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