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Apr 3, 2013, 1:32:53 PM
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Unexpected Guest by Heatherzart Unexpected Guest by Heatherzart
24" x 36"
Scratchboard and Ink

I used so many different tools to make the rock - mostly steel wool but then I tried lots of other things - cross hatch, scrubbing with a stiff brush, air brush, splattering the board. In the end I couldn't really tell you which technique won out over all but i think I got the general idea of a rock background.

This is Fru Fru who lives at the Rome Zoo in Italy. Though the only keeper I could find didn't speak a lick of english, I got this much - he was born at the zoo and he's 18. This bird landed while I snapped pictures and did a slow pan towards the tiger and then froze. It was great - the bird said - "oh shit!" and the tiger said "I really should eat you but I'm too tired". Then the bird flew away and that was that.

This is a MUCH better file, newly photographed and the colors are more accurate.
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:iconkittenkateaspen:
kittenkateaspen Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
A stop thinking it's a drawing ... it's beautiful, I congratulate
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconxghostwriterx:
xGhostwriterx Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconeeeeeplz: This is so amazing! You have one taneted soul. :clap:
All these details and realism blows me away. :D
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LyricalDemon Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol.. i like the story behind it:).. not half as much as i love the painting:)... you did an amazing job:)!
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:iconrazzucibay:
razzucibay Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
mntap
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:iconftsarts:
FTSArts Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work, this had to have been a labor of love :P
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:iconemberguard:
Emberguard Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013   General Artist
nice, his expression is like "lunch!"
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:iconnamibseed:
NamibSeed Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
wow!!![link]
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:iconshanghaisarah:
ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Magnificent work! Great story!
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:icontaibossigai:
taibossigai Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The rocks look gorgeous. I especially like the one in the center foreground with the cracks.

Your attention to detail is amazing - the fur on his neck is incredible...would be awesome to see this in person. :)
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Andreo360 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hahaha this is very nice work indeed, but I can't help but laugh at the tiger's expression. Almost as if he's going to pounce at any minute and the bird is teasing the tiger saying, "come at me bro"
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:iconflying-spirit:
Flying-Spirit Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap this is amazing! The detail and color work is gorgeous!
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:iconcindysart:
CindysArt Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So fantastic beautiful! :love:
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:iconblueranyk:
Blueranyk Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks so much like a photo! Dang, that pigeon is daring. XD
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:iconsunsetrose123:
sunsetrose123 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student General Artist
that is one VERY brave pigeon and a great picture too. it looks so real
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:icon504wolf:
504wolf Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Run Pigeon RUN! lol amazing detail.
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:iconmaniacalmew:
ManiacalMew Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work!
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:iconanescapefromthereal:
anescapefromthereal Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
How is this even scratch board? It's amazing. Seriously.
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:icondeeb0123456789:
deeb0123456789 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Well, I love it. But, how did I find this when I was searching for 'Snapped Italy'?
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:iconpapayacherry:
papayacherry Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
great! ^^
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:iconmiltonart:
miltonart Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
excelente
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:icondreamly-bubble:
Dreamly-Bubble Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Your work is very special. There's a story and i like it.
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:iconjulienkraakman:
JulienKraakman Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful work :)
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconarcticicewolf:
ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
itīs just cute!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, it was pretty funny to watch.
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:iconarcticicewolf:
ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can picture it...
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:iconmchassan1:
mchassan1 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow this is so amazing! TRUE ART!
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:iconnaurcalad:
NaurCalad Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm curious, how do you apply color when using this particular technique? I've never done this before, but it looks amazing and I definitely want to learn how! :D Your entire gallery is lovely, keep up the good work! :hug:
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
XD Love the story, that is just too cute. Nicely done painting.
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:icongigazelle:
gigazelle Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome.
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I featured this deviation in my journal today --> [link]
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:iconsunima:
Sunima Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
[link] featured :)
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:iconhyena27:
Hyena27 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it looks great! The Tiger and pigion look great!
Random but do you have a YouTube?
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:iconchotabear:
chotabear Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
This is really lovely. Their facial expressions are awesome; they're both fascinated by each other and the detail is super !!!
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:iconcassiemerryman:
CassieMerryman Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Why do you hate it? I think its wonderful, and kinda funny how the tiger is looking at the bird like "dude, get the hell off my rock" lol
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:iconjuliafox90:
JuliaFox90 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
OUTSTANDING !!!! *-*
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:iconpreciousangelwings:
PreciousAngelWings Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh my goodness this is gorgeous! I love the details and the use of colors is brilliant! Wonderful job :)
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:iconhell0tokyo:
HELL0TOKYO Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice! i like the way you have got the color of the birds throat/neck *thumbs up*
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:icondoc34:
doc34 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is incredible!
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:iconplumcrazy68:
Plumcrazy68 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
That is absolutely beautiful!!!
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:iconmarwash:
MarWash Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet jeebus that sounds like a lot of work; the effort definitely shows. great work as usual.
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:iconchikrata:
Chikrata Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible work Heather! The realism is amazing ^^
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:iconface-reality:
Face-Reality Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous!
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:iconfantasticfennec:
FantasticFennec Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Really beautiful Heather.
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:iconezliribs-apprentice:
ezliribs-apprentice Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing? How do you put colour into a sractchboard, i've always been curious.
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:iconjasminedragon:
jasminedragon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning work. Wonderful technique.
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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:iconabiparmenter:
abiparmenter Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student General Artist
wonderful as always my friend! :love:
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw shucks - thanks
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