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Dapper Werewolves by balaa Dapper Werewolves by balaa
Sometime last year a very good friend of mine, Snala, offered to lend me her entire collection of oil paints from her days in college. I had told her I was meaning to dabble with oils for a long time but the cost of getting started was one of the reasons I allowed myself to procrastinate further. The set was not just a box of paints, brushes and mediums but a gateway to a new horizon for me.  

I discovered almost immediately that everything I had found frustrating with digital art in the last few years nearly disappeared as I played with the oil paints. That's not to say there wasn't a learning curve, there absolutely was/is, but I felt an exhilaration in painting that I had been missing recently in my digital work.

I've had an incredibly busy year between my day job, my work on The Leopard Sun, and a few other ventures I have scrambled to put together to hopefully start paving the way for financial stability, but doing small practice oil paintings like these in my downtime was a breath of fresh air!

These two also inspired a bigger project that will be coming together over the course of the year. I'm excited to work towards it and begin to hone my skills with oil paints! I'm currently wrapping up work on some outstanding commissions and am eager to get rolling with my scheme!

(The piece on the left was done as a birthday gift for my bestie Wicked Sairah, the piece on the right was just for fun using an old sketch I had done years prior!)

details: 8x10 oval canvas + oil paints.
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Attack-At-Dawn Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you did so wonderful with yer try at oils, and I just love the unique faces of these canines <3
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Attack-At-Dawn Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man, that is beautiful!
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KiwiBaer Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018
Really cool. :D
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Kingpoof Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I am loving how these look :love:
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018
wonderful
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Ravenheart001 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fancy boi
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Koeskull Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, I recently got oil paints as well and have been a bit afraid to try them out. Acrylic tends to drive me nuts because of the difficulty blending.
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balaa Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Oh boy will you love oils then! That was my biggest frustration with acrylics; they dried so fast that you could not return to a part of a painting to reblend it. I realize there are retarders for acrylics, but oils are just so much more...buddery *___*.
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badass-doctor Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, your art is really awesome!
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Zaphkiellane Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, traditional media is begging you to return to her :D
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ArtJournal77 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He looks so important lol

Cool painting!
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sarahfinnigan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018  Hobbyist
OOOh I love those subtle color shifts!
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RoyalFelide Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing paintings <3
Very lovely and original old-school looking style <3
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JessiRenee Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
So fancy - I love their expressions :D
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thomas-thorn Featured By Owner Edited Jan 24, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
The one on the right is better
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Maquenda Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018  Student Digital Artist
lol
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BeakachuAnimations Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how kind
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thomas-thorn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
the irony is that your insinuation is unkind, whereas my comment was not unkind. thus you are intellectually and morally inferior
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BeakachuAnimations Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oe noe  ill just let myself out then
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ParagonRaven Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Extreme levels of class! 
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JoachimL Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018
Fantastic! Great job.
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Aridax Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Soo good!! I'd be interested to hear more about your experience with oils vs digital! Very fascinating.
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imke14 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Student Filmographer
These look amazing! 
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norapotwora Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018   General Artist
Oh god, these are TOO good, really. I don't know which one I like more. Wonderful work!
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ChappieFeathers Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
look at these exquisite goodboyes
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shugarlion Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
i absolutely adore the subtle colors you used! I think i saw a wip on ur twitter or somewhere! These are outstanding!! Would you ever do a collection of these kinds of oil pieces? 
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balaa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
There may be plans being laid just for that ;D!!! Thank you for the kind words!
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shugarlion Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Student Digital Artist
sweet!!! And no problem!!
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Hurricane-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018
Love it! :D
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CapscesDigitalInk Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Professional General Artist
Wonderful!!
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AnnaRDunster Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist
Very nice!  Paints are so much more natural to use than digital..
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HunterBeingHunted Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous character designs! Very recognizable ...and dapper! XD
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clockbirds Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
these are incredible!! the rendering of the fur and the facial expressions are just phenomenal *___*
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UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Student General Artist
Very impressive!
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Twitterlu Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018
My gosh these are so amazing. ;; 
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Pepper-Lynx Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are so cute! I love you you mixed the toon style with realism and paired that with black and white traditional paints, it looks like something you'd find on an elderly' wall in zootopia XD
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