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Majestic 2 by Heatherzart Majestic 2 by Heatherzart
24" x 36" x 2"
Scratchboard and Ink

This is a commission I just finished. The client loved Majestic 1 but it sold so we worked out a plan for this picture. I'm not crazy about it - I think the proportion is off and this just goes to show that I have to stick to my guns and follow my own rules. I let the client have too much input - I meshed two photos together to get this pose which I ABSOLUTELY hate to do. It's just a recipe for disaster - when you work in such minute detail - it's the little details that get lost when you try to change the pose.
In the end the client was happy so it's a win but it'll always be at the bottom of my favorites list.
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Heather- You know I am a huge fan of your scratchboard. I have always found inspiration in your works, the detail, the color, and the anatomy. (:

On to the critique-Vision: low stars because when you click to see the full drawing, you see the anatomy is off. Now, I am not one to comment on big cat anatomy, and I know you had to mash two photos together, but you can see a small mistake of the left side of the head. It is too triangular, and the fur it kind of "there" while the head shape itself is fine, the fur gives it almost a lop-sided look. While most of your works are vivid, lithe, and almost look like they could walk off the board, this one is slightly stagnant, and I think it is due to the head proportions to the body. Not fixable on this work, I understand, and you probably know just what I am talking about (:

Originality: Because it is a commission, and I am assuming this is the "exact" pose they needed to have, it gets lower marks due to its average placement. You usually have them "doing" something, cleaning, walking, looking about to pounce. This one looks slightly askew because the head is not on the right position compared to the body.

Technique: Compared to your other Majestic, this one seems a bit too bright, and under-contrasted. It does not look like it has enough shading for a hyper-realism work, giving it almost a stuffed animal look. The fur on the back looks like a soft blanket, instead of moving, alive fur on a baby tiger. This, again, might be due to no full view to see detail, as well as possibly a bad photo of the work. The chest area could do with some more shadows, as well as the head, even if the lighting is on the left side.

Impact: Because it is a scratchboard work, it gets high impact marks just because there are only a handful of people who could accomplish detail of this kind in that space. It takes lots of skill, patience, and hard work, and very little room for mistake and error. I love the tiger itself, and I know babies are, as a rule, harder to draw or paint because of their disproportionate bodies. You did a magnificent job with the circumstances, but next time, put your put down and as the artist, you must decide how you want it to look. A few rules are good, but with this kind of work, you really need the ability to use your artistic judgment and freedom! ^^

Brilliant job!
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Goppo713 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Cats for ever! :silentkitty:
KayMaple Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
JustABeautifulDream Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with what you and =TaigaAmur said. BUT I have to say, I love the paws!!! :love: They are beautifull and so big!
Amieku Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
I agree with :icontaigaamur:'s critique - it seems a little too bright with not as much detail as usual. It's still a beautiful piece though, and I feel a bit silly critiquing someone who's at such a higher level than me ^^;
FrostKruger Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing love tigers and with scratch art it makes them pop very well done
oOGlosoliOo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sad you are not so satisfied with your work, I find it awesome!
The details are so perfect and I'm in love with those paws! :D
hhurart Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely wonderful :) looks so soft, i just wanna go and hug him!
jessyca23 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG ! I like very much! very beautiful and perfect!
abbie55 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
extraordinary ! you are the best
Jib-Jab Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
NetworKnight Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your techinique is perfect, i hope some day ill get to that level.
on the other hand, youre right in some way you can tell the proportion of the head is kind of different from the body, also the shadows from head and body dont seem to match... well thats what i see.
but anyway stunning work!!!
xVash-the-Stampede Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Student Photographer
Even though you had to mesh two pictures together, it is still very beautiful; do not forget, original too~
TinaLeRawr Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the fur detail is gorgeous - especially the way you've created softer fur like on the back and in the ears, its really realistic, like a photo :)

just out of interest, which bits were meshed together?
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - I put the head in a different position so I used the body from one picture and the head from another.
ashigaru Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm always impressed by your works; it's unfortunate that you aren't 100% pleased with the result, but you've learned more and grown as an artist from the experience.

Ultimately, if the client is happy, then it's done. I find it to be quite beautiful, and would be quite proud to display it.
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - I did learn from it now I just have to remember to use what I learned!
tabbycat666 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
its still really amazing work! i would love to have your talent!
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Deidaras-Dragon Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
whoa! so preety!!!!
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
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