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February 28, 2012
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Better Light
Model Super6k
Shutter Speed
1/81 second
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Date Taken
Nov 1, 2012, 6:25:17 PM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.0 Macintosh
Orso by Heatherzart Orso by Heatherzart
Scratchboard and Ink
16" x 20"

This is a female Grizzly Bear from the Rome Zoo in Italy, (yes, hence the name Orso, Italian for bear). Another amazing day on my trip, this female and her mate rolled and played and chewed on each other for a good 30 minutes and I took hundreds of photos of them. It's so strange to see such a mighty beast in such a playful mood, when you think grizzly, you don't tend to think 'cute and playful'. I love this pose because she has such a look of mischief to her and they way the sun was highlighting her fur from behind there were so many colors! You might also think 'brown" when it comes to a grizzly bear but they are actually full of colors from violet to green to orange. I have several more of this series planned including her and her mate together.

You'll see the original version of this in my gallery - this is the finished version - more accurate color-wise. And I've had professional photos taken of my work so this is an accurate presentation of the original work. And I added the watermarks.
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I'm no expert, but I really love this piece! The way you did the brush technique, makes it really look quite soft, I just want to reach out and touch her fur~ :heart: The colors blend very well together, and she looks very much alive and dangerous. (I like how she looks like she's smiling at me!)
I also appreciate how in the description you put information about the bear, to inform others more about her, and your experience on making the piece.
I also like how all your backgrounds are black, instead of woodland or habitat. It helps the viewer focus more on the animal and art.
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TheNeverEndingPit Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student Artist
This looks beautiful! This creature is just so magnifiscent, she looks so inquisitive
mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Excellent work.
CindysArt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ohh so very beautiful! :love:
susanjo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
OMG!! So realistic!!
emilysodders Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So wonderful! Can't wait to see her with her mate!
wolverine041269 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing work of art :D
ShilohsArts Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Wow! Nice job.
ParvaLupa Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The second with a brighter nose gives a lot more contrast which adds to the picture over all regardless of how natural the first one with a darker nose looks.
elizile Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my heavens, that fur must have been SO TEDIOUS. You must have the patience of a saint!
EriMed Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
wooo I love it!!
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