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February 28, 2012
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Nov 1, 2012, 6:25:17 PM
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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
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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
Ohh so very beautiful! :love:
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susanjo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
OMG!! So realistic!!
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emilysodders Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So wonderful! Can't wait to see her with her mate!
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wolverine041269 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing work of art :D
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ShilohsArts Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Wow! Nice job.
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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.
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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!
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EriMed Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
wooo I love it!!
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DrawWithLaura Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Honestly I vote a mixture of the two.
The other one is almost too brown, and this one is almost too white ahaa
I bet it's just me being picky XD

But either way both bears are amazing <3
Your scratch board art is VERY cool, and I'd love to see how you do it ^^
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! The lighter one isn't that light in the original, my digital file is off a bit but it's toss, people seem to be evenly divided as to which is their favorite.
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DrawWithLaura Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Lolol yeah I saw that, it was part of my influence for my decision.
It's hard to say really, and I honestly think a 50-50 between the two is the only answer XD
Good luck if you decide to do another, but they both look great even if you don't-speaking of which, you should consider auctioning your work. They're highly detailed and I'm sure a lot of people would want your art on their wall.
I'd buy a Cheetah one in a heartbeat <3
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, most of my work is sold already. When I sell an original, I always maintain the right to sell prints. My last two color ones of Izu didn't sell last summer and all the new stuff in between then and now Ive been sitting on for this summer's fairs. I'm surprised more people don't buy prints, my work seems so popular and prints are affordable. maybe i have a skewed idea of what's affordable!!!
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DrawWithLaura Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ahaaa, well the price should depend on cost of materials, level of skill and time it took to make it ^^
And your pieces are greatly detailed so unless your selling em for something crazy like 1000.00 then I'm sure the prices are fair :)
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I price the originals for anywhere between $900 and $2000, it seems like a good price point since I've been consistently selling them. I try to do what you said - make allowances for my time and materials - framing is a bitch! Sooooo expensive! I'm going to work a little smaller this year so my price points are a lower, selling your artwork tends to be feast or famine and it would be nice if I had a little more consistency. I do think the DA prices are pretty reasonable for prints though, they take a hefty profit of course but I'm not ready to deal with the hassle of sourcing out my work to a printer and paying for bulk prints on my own so I see it as some income is better than none. And the ones I've ordered myself have all been pretty good quality, surprisingly.
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DrawWithLaura Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The originals should always be more for sure, and I guess it depends on the size right?
I mean like 2000 for something that's 10in x 10in would be ridiculous, even with your fabulous skills <3

I actually haven't had the pleasure of framing my work so I wouldn't know the cost of it ahaa ^^;

I know with prints you should charge little and sell many ^^
You'll make a good profit that way ^^
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FantasticFennec Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the first one better personally. I love the rich browns. But you're right, this one is more realistic, which I think is important to strive for and can easily get lost. So my head likes this one better but my heart the other one. Not sure which is better to go with.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol, thanks. I feel the same way.
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ChristinaMandy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Your work was featured here: [link] !:iconbummiesplz:
Hope you don't mind! ^^
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - that was a great collection of work, I'm honored to be a part of it.
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ChristinaMandy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
No problem!:huggle: my pleasure!:D
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BazarDeLaNature Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the first one a very little bit better
especially the eyes :)
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your input!
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BazarDeLaNature Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
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mitzieBgood Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Glorious!!!!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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Hansmar Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautifyl painting. I like this one better, even though the other one might be more lifelike. Reason for preferring this one: I love contrast and the white in his head contrasts greatly with the dark background.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Yeah he is soooo happy...I wonder why.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, thanks!
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Rugely Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have never seen one quite this white, but it does give it a very story-like quality. Conversely, there is a lot more depth to almost every area of this piece, making it look even more realistic than the original. Beautiful work!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. He's a little darker in the original - it's really hard to get a true digital file of my work. I should post the reference photo so people can see how interesting the colors are.
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Rugely Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Regardless, you are an amazing artist!
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willowcharcoal Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
So beautiful I might cry! The movement of the fur, the colours; everything.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Sunima Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
i like the first one better :O
i think this one was too white in the face O.o
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your input!
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SnowPain Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
freaking awesome! :---)
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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ahley Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot!! :heart:

You've been featured on my journal [link]
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feature! Its a good compliment when my artwork is displayed with mostly photographs!
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Trinitite Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Great detail!
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Hues-of-emotion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like them both. They are both great. there are things you see better in the newer one, like the eyes. but I think that the older one is more recognizable, even though the newer one is more accurate.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I appreciate your input and agree completely.
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SolvayDrake Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Well, the first version looks a lot like out of a childrens book. High quality, no question, but that unnatural "bears are brown" thing you pointed out. I like the lighting here better overall, although the pale face seems a little too much. But that illumination below the head is just great.

Besides all that, you do have my full support for striving to make something like this even better.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, thanks! It's a little darker in the original, it's hard to get a true representation of my work - the black background really messes with the photo. But over all I think it makes for a more interesting picture. Sometimes you have to put the work aside (where you can see it every day) and wait for the answer to come to you. The first one bothered me - it just wasn't right.
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Komical Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Always astounded by your attention to detail...
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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