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Kissed by the Morning by balaa Kissed by the Morning by balaa
This was m project for the last two days, mostly starting as an experiment with light, color, shadow and a new style that finds itself wedged between the cartoon realm and the realm of realism.

This picture goes out to my deaaaar DEAR friend Trish . HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY!!! I love ya girl, hope you like your creation Cougari!

Best of wishes to you this new year, hope we meet again sooooooon!

work hours: 10+
layers: 10
Photoshop size: 9.4 mb
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Given 2005-01-02
Something about the nice, big puppy-dog-like eyes just makes me doubt that this creature will one day turn into a cunning and ferocious hunter. Regardless, Kissed by the Morning by ~balaa is a wonderful digital painting of a lion with enough detail to make you want to reach out and just touch its fur. ( Suggested by EmmaEsme and Featured by halfliquid )
Lustanjo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Loulou13 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you accomplished your goal. It is definitly not cartoon. And not quite realism.
Very lovely.I
Loulou13 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry I was going to say I really love the eyes.
Loulou13 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you accomplished your goal. It is definitly not cartoon. And not quite realism.
Very lovely.
Rheiwolf Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
WOW!I love your artwork, it looks so real!
sztewe Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Beutiful Work!
Nairazak Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the eyes :D
RedDragon33 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
* speechless* O.O
Keaze Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
Amazing job on the lightning and fur! You did a fantastic job on combining realism and cartoony style! Looks like a CGI version on The Lion King! Amazing job
Xio101 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007
wonderful! I love your gallary sooo much :D
I saw you say that this was supposed to be a mountain lion but it really looks like just a lion ^^;
Sephenangels Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
good art

I like it to do my thing Sephenangels....
TigraAngel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006
I think your friend will LOVE this for her birthday. Beautiful. As you may know, I am a huge fan of your work.
RainDreamer13 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006  Student
One word:
Beautiful piece of work!
bobbysnaw Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006
its is beautiful bbz 1 of my friends is asking how long did it take

the detail is absolutely amazing i love it its the best piece of art i have seen so far
Potfur Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006
This is my favourite picture from yor gallery, I think!
Flaming-Scorpion Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006  Student General Artist
:jawdrop: wow................those eyes just pull you in and the gaze seems so warm and innocent. it makes u wanna pet em!!! :love:
Szelenbaum Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2006
adorable :D
Twitter Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005
Wow, this is so pretty!
She looks so... gentle, the way the light's touching her!
Scribbley Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2005   Photographer
You have some of the most beautiful pictures
southercomfort Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
You could soften the outline a little.
KissimiCrazy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005
I have one thing to say and one thing only!

If I could draw lke you. I'd be a much better artist than I am now. :P
campsoup1988 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2005
agreed! I wish I could draw, but I cant!
campsoup1988 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2005
PrincessTigerLili Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
balaa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2005  Professional General Artist
I swear I LOOOOOVE your icon...How do people make those?????? I want a blinking kitty the likes of cuteness lkike that..its just sooo..CUTE it rots meh teef ouf...I need dentures!
PrincessTigerLili Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
It's an animated GIFF
balaa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2005  Professional General Artist
that much I gathered ;)...I just havent figured out how to make them do that XD..Ie what programs people use for em.
PrincessTigerLili Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
I used Adobe Image Ready
aluinn Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
Beautiful; Nanook you sure are lucky ;)

Congrats on the DD, it's an absolutely lovely peice of work and definitely deserved the recognition (you & the art ;) )
Sabretooth-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very cool
neb-tssg Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2005
Awww it's so beautiful. It looks like a real cougar. I want to hug it. :giggle:
megarathewarrior Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
I love this, it's face is so sweet. ^^
caracal Featured By Owner May 23, 2005  Professional Photographer
Beautiful !! :clap: :clap:
sky665 Featured By Owner May 7, 2005  Hobbyist Filmographer
I hope I could be that good one day :3
SonPan Featured By Owner May 4, 2005  Professional
yyyyesss, i love the mixture! it's SO beautiful! *-* although since it's such a graceful creature, it looks more like a cheetah to me than a lion ;)
balaa Featured By Owner May 4, 2005  Professional General Artist
supposed to be a mountain lion..but yuss the ears and such are more lionish but I think thats because I was trying to model her after my friend's chara design.
Beckwee Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
This is so amazing, so much detail & hard work gone into this piece, it's gorgeous! :thumbsup:

Oh and defintley a :+fav: on my behalf! :nod:
Pantoja Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
hi... itīs amazing... Powerful... awsome... GREATEST work that i saw !!! please could u give me your psd souce? i need to study... PLEASEeeeeeeee
makica Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
Aww... such a cutie {{{:
Great work!
KatCardy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005  Professional General Artist
ahh!! now I know where I recognised your name from!! I came to see this the da it was DDd :] - you're fantastic :) I added you to my watch list then but I disabled all my incoming deviations cos of school work.. time to enable yours again methinks.. work like this is too beautiful to pass up on!! :)
Faizah Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2005
Wow! Your coloring is really mind-blowing, Balaa! :D

Hmm, the only problem I notice about this piece is that she looks very lion-ish. She is supposed to be a cougar right? Cougars have smaller, more narrow nose compared to lions - giving them a look similar to domestic cats. :3

But wow, this picture kicks tail!
Ciuva Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just so wonderful! I really like that cartoon/realism style. The colours are great too, and the fur on the chest looks very realistic - well done! And the eyes are excellent - that's what captured my eye in this. :)
Zanehgoose Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2005
Holy shizzle. O_O Everyone PWNS. The shading is sexy.... |D
inuyashaluva Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2005
Wow, just WOW. @w@ This is absolutely GORGEOUS! :love::heart: My words cant describe how awesome this picture is! The coloring is just beautiful~ :+fav: Awesome job!
unnamednewbie13 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even if I could draw something like that (which I can't, probably for another several years), it would take me fifty layers of Photoshopping to get it near as good. Awesome picture! For some reason, I expect her to be telepathic/kinetic or to possess some other form of superfeline power.
gallon1988 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
beautiful:w00t: :+fav:
Doopster Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2005
Holy cripes on toast batman, absolutely brilliant.
brukaoru Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2005
Wow! That's so cool! I love how you have the cartoon style to it, but then it looks so real! That's amazing, I mean I've never seen that achieved before. I am so glad you posted this because I see nothing wrong with it! =D :clap: :+favlove:
katikat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beaytiful :heart: I love it! :hug: just like real =^___^=
accursedx Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2005
that's amazing. great job! :D
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