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FFFFFF this took me ages. But I had to do it. The world needs more leopard art :Y

I've been studying African trees to give my comic the right environment, and I've been trying hard to draw this kind of tree in particular: the Yellow Fever tree, a kind of acacia, very common in Ngorongoro Crater's Lerai Forest, where Africa lives and where the comic takes place. And guess what, this tree is ACTUALLY yellow! [link] its bark is covered with a powder-like substance that makes it yellow, isn't it lovely? :D
Africa took me around half an hour to make. The tree, it took FOREVER. I've drawn and coloured all the little leaves one by one, and studied hard to give depth to the picture :D What do you think of this way of colouring? :)
And what do you think of the overall picture?^^ Please let me know, I'd love to hear feedback on this piece :)

I hope you like it^^

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:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

sorry for the eventual grammar, vocabular etc mistakes i could make, french is my first language, not english

so how to beggin? first, i first thought it was a digital drawing, but again, it is only Arven's great traditional colouring skills.
first of all,you prefectly made the backrounds leaves,it totally fits with the tree: the blue is not bright enough to totally catch the eye, and not deep enough to hide the rest of the drawing by being waay too invasive. the leaves themselves seems to have been making with vectors: when you see how perfectly-rounded and net they are, no need to ask what took you the more time to make! to finish, it is unbelievable to a digital painter not to use different layers to do shades for a big work, but you obviously did, and yet your shading is perfect, with subtles white spots you drew to imitate the light, passing through the leaves of the tree; you even made a little light spot on Africa's eye.. talking to her eye, it looks amazing. the fact that you surely used the same pencils as for the leaves, make Africa's face be in harmony with the tree. also, you must have been really thorough to make that green gradation in her eye. good work on this.
then comes Africa. she looks absolutely adorable on this picture, way different than what we saw on the other drawings you showed to us, where she looked serious and responsible. for her pose, i guess you have been studying, drawing it again and again to make it looks that realistic and marry perfectly the shape of the finsish, you took care to place well all of Africa's spots, every detail is always here: the little pots under her eye, near her ears, on her forhead, on her legs etc.

if there would be one default on this picture that unfortunatly gives less impact to your drawing is the lack of background behind the tree. a simple blue sky would have been enough; but i guess that when you finally achieved all the colouring, you just wanted to post this, or just forgot.Also, i now that cheetahs and other great felines can hang on really thin branches, and maybe the fact that i have a little bit of vertigo, but Africa should have been a little better installed on a larger branch, don't you think so? <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>
to finish that critique, regardless to the quality of the drawing, not a lot of artists dare to draw a cheetah, or any other animal in a tree because of the leaves, the tree itself, the shadows etc, but i believe that you could have find a more original pose and point of view to draw Africa, than a basic flat view and this basic lying-down-pose. if you're working on a difficult picture, make its realisation difficult until the end: make it spectacular!

that's all! i think i went around everything; i am waiting for your new drawings! <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>