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My Jimmy by Heatherzart My Jimmy by Heatherzart
Scratchboard and Ink
16" x 20"

OK .... so here's My Jimmy. It's a bit of an experiment - not my usual composition but I had this great photo and I wanted to do something different with it. Honest opinions are welcome! Some will love it and some will hate it. I'm really interested in your opinion on whether it works.

Got photo file from the professional photographer - colors are accurate now.
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:iconchrista-s-nelson:
What can i say other than praise? I think the end result is very cute, surprising and unexpected! I don't think I would go with this style for every piece, but for this drawing I think it works very well! It throws in a little something new to your gallery! You could even use this style as a mini series with multiple animals sticking their noses through a tight space! It looks like this could have been from a real photo too, poking his head out of a small window in a wall at a zoo?

My only critique (which can be good or bad) is that the blue looks like a matte board you would use for framing. This is a different approach and I think i works very well, but it may be that i need to get used to that idea. It surely is the cause to the surprising factor!! It is leaving me guessing however, is it a window or a matte board? If it's a matte board it gives it a sort of mystical feel to it especially since the leopard looks so real and alive! The whiskers definitely help make it seem so 3D. This is most definitely a very nice addition to your portfolio!! As always, your technique and skill are flawless. Nothing that I can say there!! Congratulations on a very well executed piece!
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:iconbigbird66:
bigbird66 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As always- beautiful. How you get the depth and definition is truely amazing
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:iconjupiterjenny:
jupiterjenny Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is amazing!
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:icondrawn2pencils:
drawn2pencils Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The way in which you so precisely expressed the pressure against Jimmy's face really accentuates the visual "Let me see if I can squeeeeeze through here" aspect.  Truly in LOVE with all your work and this is just 2-2 cute.
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:iconashigaru:
ashigaru Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think it's beautifully done, with a great composition! :D
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:iconcindysart:
CindysArt Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awww so cute!!! :clap:
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:iconjustabeautifuldream:
JustABeautifulDream Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
IMHO it works really well! That it is a cat trying to get through there ist just so typical and fits perfectly. Also the colours are stunning and I love the whiskers!!
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:iconall4u:
all4u Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd like to see it with a frame around the outside to really get the feeling for it. Right now I'm mixed as to whether I like this direction or not. The execution is as always amazing.
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:iconvioletrosepetals:
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awe, looks like he's saying "pet me pet me!" :giggle:
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Stunning work as always! Beautiful eyes & composition! It works!!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconshanghaisarah:
ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
My pleasure!
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:iconworldsedge:
WorldsEdge Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Very interesting. I would not guess this was scratchboard, should I have seen it in some random location... Did you first prepare a white scratchboard with a black rectangle surrounded by blue? It definitely has a "curiosity" about it. The cat thinking "Can I fit in there?". Also the coloring on the eyes and nose are very lifelike.
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes that's exactly how I started this one. Usually I work with the pre-inked boards so this time I had to do a lot of prep beforehand. It was fun trying something a little different. I had this great photo and I wanted to do something different with it.
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:iconchrissiecool:
ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
featured [link] :love:
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconprezaurian:
prezaurian Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really enjoy the composition, expression and color here. Technically it is a beautiful piece, but the rest really pushes it over the top. I really like Jimmy.
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you think it works
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:iconlenslady:
lenslady Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE THIS PIECE!!!!!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
lol! Thanks!
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:iconlenslady:
lenslady Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconpure-dragon97:
Pure-Dragon97 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Very unique and as always your scratchboarding skills are stunning <3
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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:iconshilohsarts:
ShilohsArts Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Writer
sweet.
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thx!
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:iconshilohsarts:
ShilohsArts Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Writer
you're welcome.
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:iconshilohsarts:
ShilohsArts Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Writer
sweet.
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Eib0n Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
it's very interesting looking, but I think it would look better if the background would have been green and not blue, it would have fit the eyecolour and bring more harmony.
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Actually the background color is more like the eye color - not sure why the file represented so oddly. The eyes aren't that green and the background isn't that blue so you might like the original! Hopefully once I get it professionally photographed it'll show better.
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:iconmejony:
mejony Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
its amazing, so realistic it looks as it will come from the window
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconbarcon53:
barcon53 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Personally, I love it! Besides being very well excuted, as all your work is, it's very cute! Adorable even! I like the corner composition and the mattboard effect and the cat's face is too funny! :love: Well done!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! My Jimmy was always interested in the camera so I have a lot of these nose pics of him.
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:iconbarcon53:
barcon53 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
He must have been a cute and funny guy... :)
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:iconpbird12:
pbird12 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love it and think it works brilliantly!!!!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkqeina:
Kqeina Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Love the idea! I especially like the detail in the eyes and nose. :)
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - yeah the eyes came out really good, sometimes I surprise myself
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:iconmangakasan:
mangakasan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't know you could do so many things with scratch board..... I love this, it's composition is very unique as you don't see this much, also the contrast is beautiful, the green of the eyes really pop out against the majority of blue you used in the background, this could pass of as a awesome design for a greeting card i think!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks I've heard that a lot about a greeting card idea, I like it. Scratchboard (well good quality boards) is a great medium - you can do so much more with it now that people never thought of before. The surface is so rich and if you're patient you can work it over and over.
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:iconmangakasan:
mangakasan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it surely looks like an interesting medium, i might give it a try one day :3 but until then i'll just enjoy what you do with it :D
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A-shanti Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
First I wanna say, that the colour job is really awesome!
All the details let freak me out xd
The only critique I have, is that the nose looks a bit to long. At the first moment I thought it was some kind of ocelot in the thumbnail ^^

Beside of that your artwork is stunning! Like always :heart:
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It's supposed to be a little skewed because he's stretching to the camera. I was shooting for a little distortion so it's good you noticed that. It was a gamble
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A-shanti Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
You are very welcome! :)
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0001046 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Wow. Your work is stunning.
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmelancholys:
Melancholys Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student General Artist
This is fantastic, the texture is wonderful
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:icongintemo-kagura:
gintemo-kagura Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
this is chinese hahhhhhhhhh哈哈哈哈哈哈哈
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
lol! Thank you
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gintemo-kagura Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
tiger?cat??
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