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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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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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