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In the Embrace of Dawn by balaa In the Embrace of Dawn by balaa
A private commission thats been a bit overdue! This year has been so full of ups and downs, I've just not been an overall reliable commissioner to deal with. HOPEFULLY that will change or I'm afraid I will have to stop taking commissions. For all those that have been waiting on me in one fashion or another, I'm sorry folks, I am trying to sort out things and get back into my normal groove.

A pair of lovers bask in the secluded warmth of an early morning sun. This piece took quite some time, and was, more than anything, a learning process. Mostly I learned 1. refine your sketch before you jump into painting it, or pay the consequences later. Go me for being a slow learner. 2. More is less, ugh I always end up learning the easier ways to do things after I end up making a ton of mistakes. Eh oh well. I had fun painting these 2 guys, and yes one of them is a grey tiger with red eyes, not a shadow saturated white tiger XD!

As always, there are things I wish I had done differently, things that drive me NUTS in the final piece and etc. But one must learn when to stop working on a piece for fear of losing their sanity or ruining the piece with frustration.

Technical Details:

Time taken: ?
Size: 20x30 inches at 300 dpi
Prints: yes, jumbo prints available in limited numbers, 8x10 prints 10$ US plus 3$ shipping & handling within the continental US (pm me if interested)
Watermark: eh unfortunately yes, printed version will be watermark free.

Critique discouraged for this piece since I a don't intend to go back and work on it again. Helpful critique to keep in mind for future pieces is ALWAYS welcome :).
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dholedays Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
This would be so beautiful if not for that other tigers color scheme, it just doesn't jive well with the greens and yellows of the background IMO. Still amazing work. I suppose that's just the nature of commissions...
dholedays Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
I mean contrast can be nice but it's jarring when the rest of the artwork just radiates serenity.
dholedays Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
Wish I could edit on mobile, I'm referring to the red eyes specifically.

Nature has always had a really good aesthetic sense IMO. But I guess some people get attached to their bizarrely coloured critters.
ChronoGandit Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017   Photographer
Outstanding artwork.
Haninangel123 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Avaze-Zolhusky Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Awh that's awesome!! ^_^
bhut Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
Love it!
GothicChains Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What a beautiful piece! I like how the red of the gray tiger stands out against it's dark fur! Nice work! Clap 
AngeliinaSwan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Tiger - My absolute favorite animal on earth. So incredibly stunning. Love it!
Growlie26 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The tigers, especially the brown one, are absolutely magnificent!
MoonShadow26 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Wolffjaw Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
That is sooo Awsome!
Barricade1991 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wirklich sehr sehr schön geworden wirklich
wow fabulous
SainteCiel Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
[link] You were featured here!
Snowstorm-cat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Thats incredible *O* Its just what can is say amazing!
BreeTheBat Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student General Artist
Beautiful... :)
DariaFanpire Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Hi! :wave:

Your beautiful work has been featured in my journal here: [link] :heart:

Greetings! :aww:
TigermanOfKings Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
wow that is just beautiful. love the detal
IceCatDemon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just breath taking.. *purs* I wanna cuddle wif dem too.
LitteRozy Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Photographer
No words! ^^
AkelahNaih Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
so beautiful!
Danny-phantom-fan-1 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How adorable :D
DarkOkamineko Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing...
zevl Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Beautiful work .clap:
MiezeLoVeSriot Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
It´s so amazing!
MeraniiZaynOushima Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Again its gorgeous!
AntaresDrake Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to have this painted as a mural on my bedroom's wall someday.
Rex-Fox-Cody Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
I don't know about them being lovers, but I find it kinda sad. Is the black tiger dying? It seems like it and I think it's sad...
Fellow--x3 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
Just wonderful.
I love this ambiance <3
asriel82 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
i do love the tigers this is absolutely beautiful
Life-is Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
True beauty is this piece. It's beautiful. So delicate and so much detail..I would swear this was a photo but it's more real than a photo.
: )
I have no clue about the first thing of digital art, but the way you do fur is amazing..again, so real. I looked at this and then at my cat sitting next to me and the fur is the same!! Insane!!
*Faves* :D
Artists like you are the reason the rest of us keep trying...inspiring - I've always aspired to be able to do art like this!!!
TheMysticWolf Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010   Digital Artist
amazing you are the best artist ever! :heart:
MarieSerenade Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
I love the emotion in this piece, and it looks beautiful as well
DrawsTillIdie Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Can't believe I haven't seen your art before now! It's really amazing! I would totally watch/fave if my psp would have let me :)
Shizuku-Uzu Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
this is AMAZING!!!! wow, you have the lighting down so well, and the proportions and the composition is just wonderful!!!!! not to mention you are just an amazing artist! well done!! :D
LeahCK Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful, such detail and accuracy. You're a great artist. :)
Gaara-Samas0Kitten Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
Hi Balaa!

I found your art A LONG time ago, maybe three summers ago and I fell head over heals for it.Yet I couldn't find it after I made an account. So here I amz!:iconbigheartplz:

Before I made my account I was having a difficult time with art. Until I found your art. I really hope you do not mind that I drew a picture that resembles yours a lot...

I have been meaning to credit you for the longest time but I could never find you... I had forgotten your username. So now I can source you. I already had a problem not crediting someone... So yea...
szarusia16 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Feature:[link] :)
PulvisEtUmbraSum Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
Awesome :)
shadowheart-128-41 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Wow. It's so beautiful!
CaptainSeawolf Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009   General Artist
Oh wow! This is so stunning! All the detail you have in here is breathtaking and the tigers are stunning! I am absolutely mesmerized by this! Bravo!
ultimateSxRfan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
beautiful! It looks so real! Absolutly gorgeous!
Almairis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
is wonderful!!!! the face of these tigers are so real, so beauty and sooooo expresive... ^¬^ you are great and i surrender to you (sorry for my english)
DragonMusic Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
i love it. amazing
LLAMAS-EAT-PIE Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! :D
dragoncrystal21 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009   Interface Designer
they are so cute
I love it
XO-OrangeART Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I LOVE this. The grass and trees are so pretty. Just lovely work. Your whole gallery deserves DDs =P
Dearha Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Amazing! *-*
Skull-Island-Master Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
I love the grey tiger,looks just cool.
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