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The Clover Patch by balaa The Clover Patch by balaa
Well this is actually a piece I have had sitting on my computer for well over a month now. I made the mistake of starting with the lion before figuring out a background for the it turned into nothing short of one hurdle after another. The initial idea I actually got while browsing google for pictures of something (what I don't even recall precisely). But I came across this photo of a moth and for whatever reason the second I saw its wings I thought "LION Eyes!"...and the sketch went on from there. The actual moth species is called Polyphemus and hails from somewhere in Virginia (correct me if I am wrong). What got the idea going even more was realizing that both moths and Lion's have one similarity..they are both predominantly nocturnal. And for that matter I always thought moths to be underappreciated, unlike cousin butterfly. I have always thought them extremely beautiful, even the common ones that we have around here. I have several ideas along this line for future pieces (ie white tiger, black tiger, red panda(as per my friend's request).

Now to explain the background and choice of colors. At first I was going with a color scheme of predominantly reds oranges and the like which matched the moth nicely. But what I didn't like and what several of my friends pointed out was it made the critter blend far too much in the background and distracted from him too much. I agreed and decided the background had to contrast from the moth lion in order for the cub to stand out. After much tinkering around I went with soft pale blues( I think I stumbled across a daily dev here on deviant of a butterfly against a pale blue/white backdrop and it just clicked!). As for the clover patch, though very subtle and was intended to give the scene some sense of scale, ie the cub being life size to a real moth. As for the sparkles, after I finished the rest of the piece, it just seemed a tiny bit I threw those in, but if folks prefer the piece without them, I can subtitute the version without.

I think that is all, enjoy folks! Oh and critique is discouraged because I don't want to work on this piece anymore...any small constructive suggestions are of course welcome.

Tools: mechanical pencil for original sketch, photoshop for final version
Size: zpprox 5000 x 5000 pixels at 250 dpi.
Time taken: your guess is as good as mine. At leaaasssst 20-30 hours.
Print availability: yes, limited edition signed large prints to be available at a future date.

*** Please respect the work and time put into the piece and FULL VIEW! Thanks in advance :)***

Edit: well looks like I had to start watermarking, I really did not want it to come to this but I had no choice, I am tired of folks ripping my stuff.
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TheTomvaliente Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017
This piece expresses calmness, joy, tranquility, and a little bit of mystery. I love how the moth-lion looks at us as if to invite us to come along with him. I Love the moth wings. I've seen plenty of the polyphemus moths that you've mentioned here where I live. I live on the East Coast and I'm a musician.
TheTomvaliente Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017
This composition is an expression of calmness, joy, tranquility, and a little bit of mystery. The moth-lion looks at us as if to invite us to come along with him!
I Love the moth wings! I know a little about moths and butterflies and there are plenty of the polyphemus moths that you've mentioned here where I live. I'm from the east coast and I'm a musician. 
I'm sorry that people are ripping off your work. I really am.
snackfox Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ayyyyy lmao
Caligirl4eva Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Hi Balaa,

This is absolutely gorgeous! I am extremely sorry to hear about people ripping off your work. That is just not cool. Neither is it to have friends take advantage of you either. So in one way or another I can relate to you. Anyways, this is the most unique and beautifully well captivating piece of work I have ever seen. Your color scheme is truly lovely. Great work and hope everything works out for you.

Best wishes!
Consty-T Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!:D (Big Grin) :) (Smile) Sonic Hooba Dooba 
TheFreeHuntress Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's so cute and creative!
JaqErant92 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool and unique. You have a creative style that is unmatched.
darkangel8576 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
N'awww kawaii
Colecanth Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
What an amazing creature!
darkness846 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
you have amazing art work :D
lavaland422 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
He is adorable! The detail is amazing! This picture is perfect!
Shaliken Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Lovely picture, but how did you make your watermark, if you don't mind me asking. It looks so nifty :D

~Sun and Moon

FurnarchyDevil Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Way way cute and beautiful <3
Awesprey Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the color scheme :)
ElementsOfNature Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Adorable enough to make me want to take it home!
Living-In-Whimsy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to see you have the watermark up. I know I saw this image before, but on photobucket. I believe the only difference is they likely used some cheap/free effect to change the colouring of the background. Sadly, I cannot recall where exactly on photobucket. It was so long ago.
beachlegs Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I would love her to land in my garden, She is stunning :)
ChieuMua Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is so beautiful !!!!! I really love it
BlueDragonART Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awwwww. Cute
WarmWishes Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Have you given rights for this app to use your work because I’ve found this piece in an app called “Cool Wallpapers HD & Retina Free.” After typing “Lion” in the search, on the 1st page. Might be good if you check the rest, just in case they’ve taken more. Hope I helped, I don’t like people taking advantage of others work =/

Love the picture btw, thats why I recognised it =)
lexie11 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this is amazing I love this
flaky23 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats alsome :D
bubblegumlol Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i luv ur style
revoltink Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @_@ he/she looks sooooooooo fluffy!!!!!
Shtiya-is-my-power Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful, that's all I can say! :love:
WerewTerrefGrin Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Student General Artist
beautiful little dear! I just wanna hug her (?)!
kigamonsta Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Penguins-VS-Lemurs26 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Wow! When I looked at it, I was like "That looks so real!" I love this!
tineidaelux Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
oh my good this is weird.
i wanna have a lion tattoo and a moth tattoo later. you combined those two. its awesome!
tineidaelux Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
god instead of good of course.
FlameStreak3 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty, it kinda struck me that hesould have more eyes, like a spider, possible two where her eyes are but slightly above
pineappleweasel Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
What an interesting creature!
Kreamee Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesum!!! :D
NovaCaineDragon Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Hello balaa, you don't know me because this is the very first time I've seen your work and have since then fav+ watched you now. I wanted to ask permission, (since this creature mix of a lion/month was your idea) if I can credit you and personally myself draw these, 'moth lions'.

I'm fascinated with the idea/creature and I just recently made a journal entry on my account about the fact that everyone has a talent/topic they're amazing at drawing, (whether it be horses, wolves, photography, ect), and I was hoping that I could practice and draw various other lion-moths following this deviation as a reference?

I saw this last night and while I was in bed I thought about how much I wanted to sketch and practice the lion anatomy, (griffins, sky-lions, chimeras, ect. ect. anything but the lion king) and the fact that you added a moth, (my favorite bug as well!) Was just too good to be true!

I'd love to draw this race of creature you came up with and make some characters for various novels I have, is that alright? If not, that's perfectly understandable!

ShadowTsuk Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the most creative ideas ever. It just screams wow. I'm sorry people tried to take it from you =(
AliceTheWolfLover Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
CUTE!!! :love:
SiofraTural Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so unique, cute, and beautiful! Wonderful piece of work here! :D
zaphkiell Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
This is absolutely beautiful! Wonderful job!
annewipf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Very beautiful :D
RoughLady Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011   Interface Designer
Wooow this is awesome!!The whole idea is great!!I love love this!!! O.O
gudruna Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
very beautiful
JackShan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010   Photographer
just so beautiful! I rally like it, well done :D[link]
BlueeyedBanditti Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Very beautiful....I wanted to use for background on my computer. The watermark ruins that, but I understand you not wishing to share. It is breath taking. =o)
Blitzy-Arts Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
THAT is absolutely beautiful!!! And very clever!
Tenshi-tan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
The fluffy butterfly... :meow:
Katttty920 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Butterfly lion!!
BloodWolf19 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
OMG I love this pic. I had seen it on Photo Bucket so long ago. It's like one of my fave all time pics!!! <3<3
Pru-Pruh Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am in LOVE! :love:
The idea is mindblowing to me and the finished result is sooo beautiful!

I can understand why a certain kind of idiots wouldn't be able to stop themselves from stealing an amazing piece like this one, so even if I wish I could see the picture without the watermark, I totally get why you've started doing it. It's a shame, but not much to do about it. :(
wolf-in-spirit Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
Love this idea! :D
AfterDarkx Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
this is amazing really beautiful love the colours!!
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Submitted on
October 16, 2005
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Date Taken
Sep 2, 2005, 7:23:48 PM