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February 27, 2013
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Better Light
Model Super6k
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1/30 second
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Date Taken
Apr 3, 2013, 11:25:57 AM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.0 Macintosh
Shakar by Heatherzart Shakar by Heatherzart
18" x 24"
Scratchboard and Ink
Amur Leopard from EFBC in Rosamond, CA

Final version, professionally photographed. Shakar is going to be donated to the EFBC Follies this August, a fundraiser and auction they hold every year to support the facility. Prints are available.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful work. Great detail. :)
s-kmp Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
:w00t: Congratulations, this lovely piece has been featured here Animal Portraits Feature 6 at :iconanimal-portraits:

Keep up the great work :)
MCL28 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Great job. I didn't know this art.
mkmars Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ImLittleKasey Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Absolutely beautiful!
ilaria-ilayda Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I... I have no words, this is amazing
Niceburner Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
really great work!
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is so stunning!
Exellent work. :clap:
McLaren-Spyder Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Goodness your stuff deserves so much more attention. ;u; Simply adore your scratchboarding and colouring. I tried looking for appropriate diluted ink online, but they seem to come in such a limited color palette. I'm super curious where do you get your ink from and or brand?
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I buy Koh-i-nohr inks if I can but any waterproof ink will work. It's important that it's a pigment based ink and not a dye based ink (and it usually says on the bottle) because dye based inks will fade over time. Ink is a tough medium to get used to - the colors are very bright and if you use it full strength they are just really unnatural to nature. But it will mix true to the color wheel in ways that acrylic and oils won't. cyan and magenta will give you a gorgeous purple, magenta and yellow will give you a perfect orange and so forth. I have these colors on hand and they work for me - cyan, magenta, yellow, burnt sienna, raw sienna, sepia, green. I buy eggs for my family in styrofoam or plastic containers so when they're all gone I can use the carton as my giant ink well. I fill up each well with water then add 5 - 10 drops of ink in each one and that's how I mix my colors. I always add a little of the siennas to my greens to dull them a little and make them more realistic and the siennas with maybe one drop of magenta (it goes a long way) will be the tans and browns of my cat coats. I also use a lot of complementary colors - if my animal is orange or gold in the sun then it's blue or purple in the deepest shadows. It's hard to train your brain to use colors that don't seem to fit but you'll find it works! Hope this helps.
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