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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. :)
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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 :)
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MCL28 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Great job. I didn't know this art.
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mkmars Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible!
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ImLittleKasey Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Absolutely beautiful!
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ilaria-ilayda Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I... I have no words, this is amazing
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Niceburner Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
really great work!
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
:omg:
This is so stunning!
Exellent work. :clap:
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MapleSpyder 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?
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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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MapleSpyder Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh goodness, thank you for such the helpful reply <3 Reading through your reply made me very happy OwO Never would of thought colors like magenta would work together with sienna to make tans and browns and such. Definitely a big help! Thank you very much <3 :heart:
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Stunning!! You're so talented!
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aresgirl34 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You were featured here: [link]
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Anastasya-Murashova Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful :)
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Milena2011 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful!!
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Keiko12 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
this is simply amazing!!! I can't believe you did this with ink!! It looks so realistic!!!
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emilysodders Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful job! Such an intense expression!
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Alannah-Hawker Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013   Photographer
Looking much better Heather (not that it wasn't good before though!)
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erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
So beautiful and realistic!:)
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Crystal-Clover Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful!!! The eyes convey so much emotion. Amazing!
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Oog007 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i am always in an awe when i see your work.. its so realistic
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Twainwall Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so lovely. Amur Leopards are the rarest of the big cats and this is awesome. :) :clap:
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Tinzen Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
awesome, however i can somewhat see what you mean about the eye's. they are perhaps to wide open, it kinda looks like its seen a ghost :meow: but still epic made, really beautiful
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely genius!
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susanjo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I can't see anything wrong with this!! It is divine!!
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KeLSick Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Wow, beautiful!
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Alannah-Hawker Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Photographer
I think it looks great Heather, the only thing I can think is maybe the eyes are a little bright which is why your not happy with them? Also I did notice that this piece is a lot colder then your other shots. Maybe that's throwing you off a bit?

Hope that might help a little, hope you are well too Heather! :)
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wolverine041269 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is truly awesome, it is such a stunning and beautiful work of art, the colours and the detail are amazing :D
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TigerDragon1001 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, as usual. ^^

I just wondered, how does using a scratchboard work?
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SandieBlair Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Heather! This is very beautiful, but I know what you are talking about.... I hate it when I know that something isn't right with one of my drawings, but I've looked at it so long that I can't see what it is... ;) It might just be your photograph of the drawing, I'm not sure, but it seems like the blacks on the leopard need to be darker to me. I did a "trial" and took your picture and brought it over to picmonkey, (which is a photo editing site), and hit "urban" which darkened up the blacks and it instantly looked "right" to me. Hope this helps. Also, the center of the eyes, I would darken up a tad and directly under the lids too. Your work always amazes me! :)
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CindysArt Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow!! Amazing work! :love:
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DarkQasim Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
His right ear seems to be further forward on his head than his left ear. Besides that, I think it looks amazing. =)
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pinestater234 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013   Photographer
Wonderful! Fav
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Jib-Jab Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
I. Am. Speachless
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ElDiablo040 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
This is beautiful its just the right side of not being exactly like a photo which i think is the best way to produce realism viewers still need to know its art and not a photo which is what you have achieved with this. Fantastic work
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kookybat Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't see anything wrong with it, its beautiful. :) I was just at the EFBC admiring the amur leopard (and all of the cats of course). You're amazing, keep it up!!
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Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
............................... Is this a photo? :?
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MarWash Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'l never get over how precise and detailed you are.
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birain20 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
i love your art, and i love this one . the eyes are perfect!!!! i luve this one the best!!! this one caught my eye!!!1
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aresgirl34 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful!!
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Embrymandre Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
OMG I love you baby feline! great job!!!
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fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student General Artist
:wow::iconclappingplz:This has such a smooth and beautiful quality to it. :nod: Awesome work!
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whitekratoswolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the only thing I notice that makes it seem less than what it could be. I don't think it's really the shape of them. More the eyes just seem really flat and 2D when in other pieces, you've really made them pop out and seem super life-like.
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OrcaOwl Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I agree with emilysodders, I think the left ear (right ear to the leopard) is the issue. For me it helps to flip the canvas horizontally (like put it next to a mirror) to check the proportions of the piece. If I disregard that ear everything looks correct. Either way, you did a really excellent job on this piece. The rendering is really wonderful and I love all the detail you put into it!
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psychedeliczen Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
So beautiful! I think it is perfect the way it is! :D
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SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome artwork!
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emilysodders Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think I see any issues with the areas you mentioned- it may simply been the placement of the left ear that's skewing how you perceive everything else. But I doubt I know as much about the anatomy of these beautiful creature as you, so that's you call. Over all, a gorgeous piece, and methinks you protest too much! lol ;)
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Sicila Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Oh my god this is amazing.
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February 27, 2013
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Make
Better Light
Model
Model Super6k
Shutter Speed
1/30 second
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Apr 3, 2013, 11:25:57 AM
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.0 Macintosh
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