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Liekos by Heatherzart Liekos by Heatherzart
Scratchboard and Ink
16" x 20"

I don't get to draw wolves very much, I haven't been able to get many decent reference photos of them but I'd like to do more. This wolf is a gray wolf living at the Athens Zoo in Greece (hence the name 'Liekos' greek for wolf in case you were wondering). I went on a Mediterranean cruise in 2011 and instead of visiting the typical tourist attractions there I instead chose to rent a cab and drive the 60 km outside the city to the zoo. It was the best decision and by far my favorite day of the whole cruise. What strikes me the most about wolves is how eerily they are like dogs. Especially in captivity where they tend to be lounging or sleeping. This young male rolled in the grass, stretched just like a waking dog would and then gave me this pose. It's very subtle but when he turned his head, the eye on the right closed ever so slightly, being moved by the rolls of fur and skin bunching up and it's something I've seen on my own dogs a hundred times. It makes for an interesting dichotomy, the left side is alert, all wolf - dangerous, wild, predatory; the right side is calm, relaxed, and almost inviting of a scratch behind the ear. It's subtle but I think it's there.

New file from professional photographer, color and detail are spot on and added the watermark.
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:iconsunstategalleries:
I really am glad you are branching out to other species of predator, not just big cats! Love the colors you chose for the eye as well (:

Vision: To me, there seems to be just a tad bit too much negative space in the lower left corner, it looks like you should have the forearm extending down, just to give more of a hint he is laying. Right now the pose looks more of a mix of him standing and looking back, but his fur tells you he is on the ground. The shoulder and back fad nicely into the background, giving contrast to the bold lighting on the rest of the body. You are correct about the eye, though it is meant to be squinting, had you have not started that in the description, I would have thought it was just odd perspective and the right is smaller than the left. Closer inspection shows that if it were perspective, the right ear should be lower as well. The fluidity is getting there, and with more canine practice it should be a piece of cake!

Originality: While it is a nice pose, and he looks as if he is smiling, the right ear fur does not follow down the neck as well as it should. It looks a little more "pasted on" compared to the left ear, which has more depth.

Technique: As always, the fur detail and the strokes are almost flawless. I do feel that a little more variation of swirls in the fur should be included, and maybe longer strokes where the lower shoulder meets the neck fur. There does not seem to be enough "rolls" of the skin, but it might have just been the photo you were looking at! (:

Impact: Overall, a very good job for a primarily feline scratchboard artist. The color spectrum has nice variance, the whiskers look alive, and the head is nicely positioned. Excellent job! (:
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Superscarykitty45 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing..... and i thought this was a photograph
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emilysodders Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love wolves!, but then again, who doesn't!? One of the best of DA!
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Excellent work.
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CindysArt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very beautiful work! :clap:
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DeviantArtistK Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beyond amazing!!! :wow: How long did it take you?
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susanjo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
So detailed!!
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pinestater234 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Photographer
I'm always amazed by your level of detail. Wow!! Fav
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wolverine041269 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly an amazing piece, the level of detail is fantastic, you have such a fabulous and brilliant talent :D
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ekara Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing colors!!! :wow:
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NullVolf Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
magnificent
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sylverface Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful !
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thx!
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sylverface Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem =D
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is made of awesomeness!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! lol
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem!
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have featured your beautiful art here [link] :heart:
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feature! I love that you recognize your new watchers. I've lost track of a lot of my messages and watchers - I would like to be able to acknowledge them all but I'd be on the computer for days. Keep it up if you can
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful rendering! :)
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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Wulff-Arts Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful,nicely done!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Amieku Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow this turned out great! I can definitely see the squint, and all the details you put into the color really paid off (in my opinion :))
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much
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Saltyrumdogs Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thx!
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Trishala Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the way the eye looks it gives the wolf personality and realism that would not have been there otherwise!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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EvaCreature Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think the right (his left) eye looks fine. Since the wolf is craning his head around and most creatures have a tendency to squint the eye they're turning towards I think it carries over fine. If anything the iris looks a little small in comparison to the other eye, but I'm just being critical. lol Amazing work the coloring is incredible.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the detail!
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oanaaaaaaa Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Photographer
wow this is very beautiful
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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derekered Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Those eyes! Wow...wow!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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LimeBubblez Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the expression, really beautiful piece!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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cuylerdearruda Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
seeing as no creatures are created perfectly (in terms of symmetry at least), I can't complain about the "crooked" eye. Looks fine to me.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, thanks
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Nekoseznya Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Honestly? I just find your artwork too amazing to critique. I'm not very good, so I can't find many mistakes. I think this came out very well over all, however!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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SolvayDrake Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional
It's hard to judge your pictures, because they can be so overwhelming. I actually like the right eye, for me this makes it look more alive.

The longer I look at this, the harder it is to give useful feedback. I know there is a very fine line between "alive" and "crooked", but you seem to be walking a thread of silk with your art.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you- what a lovely analogy. Thread of silk, I like that
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, what a lovely analogy. I like that... Thread of silk
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AletheiaFelinea Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Fur is excellent. And what a smile! :D
Hmm, nothing wrong with the eyes, to me.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome, thanks!
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shonechacko Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another amazing work! Did you use acrylics or inks to color it?
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I used ink
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Raph1966 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student General Artist
One of the most AMAZING scratchboard arts I've ever seen. On the Net or off. Great work! :clap: Those eyes look like he will blink at you. :D
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