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The Leopard Sun - Leopard Moon

By balaa
Hello everyone!  Bagheera and I have been busy with year end craziness and as the result we've neglected to upload art to FA for a while, but we figure on first day of this new year, we would take time to bring you another illustration for our upcoming book, The Leopard Sun!

This image was inspired by the song "Final Frontier", from Thomas Bergerson's album, Sun (those who are unfamiliar with this composer likely have heard the track from the trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar).

I was having a hard time visualizing a starting point for the art we wanted to accompany the written novel and so I decided to spend some time visiting and revisiting music that encapsulated many of the emotions and themes embodied in The Leopard Sun.

I wanted to capture the emotion of this sweeping track from Thomas Bergerson, the sensation of motion and light that it conjured in my mind's eye. I set out to paint this in a much more freeform manner than I usually approach a piece. 

I started with no idea what I would paint, only that I would explore something from the Leopard Sun with music as my vessel. The image began as a black canvas with no intent of subject until I saw the cover art for the album "Sun" and immediately set to painting. I decided to forego doing a series of thumbnails or even an under sketch to help guide the piece. Instead I set out to carve the image from silhouettes until some element stuck and I could follow it to it's end. 

I cannot say which character, among the cast of leopards in the novel, this leopard is. Perhaps it is the essence of them all, a creature born to walk the light places and the dark.

Wish to learn more about The Leopard SunCome check us out on PATREON for more information!
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FoxMayham's avatar
How did you create the neon affect?
AmirShinobi's avatar
THIS IS SO STUNNING! I LOVE IT!!!!
LindArtz's avatar

Gorgeous  artwork!! :iconclapplz:!!

Congratulations on your much deserved DD!  Enjoy the limelight. :)
Congrats on DD By Marphilhearts by LindArtz

zayzaybud7860's avatar
So beautiful!  Kinda reminds me of the Forest Spirit from Princess Mononoke!...probably because of the light strands-things?
oldeekdog's avatar
Beautiful cat!
CreativeMark24's avatar
Beautiful! Congragulations!:love:
LostGryphin's avatar
Beautiful - love the details and the lighting - and I love Thomas Bergerson's work!
ariya-sacca's avatar
I enjoyed this painting and the description of the process behind it!
Gorgeous piece, congrats on the DD.
L-James's avatar
this is a wonderfully powerful illustration!!
taytay-astor's avatar
My word, this is just crazy beautiful! :o :)
kathroni's avatar
Really awesome 
Nukeshi's avatar
Gorgeous! I love the lighting effects. 
UDtheAesir's avatar
sugarpoultry's avatar
Ooooh I love this one!!! <3
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Teradiam's avatar
I'd like to purchase the book when it's finished! Will it be available only as digital book?
balaa's avatar
No, we are hoping to host a crowdfunding campaig to help us raise the cost to publish physical copies of the novelk and accompanying artbook when we are done! Thank you so much for your interest!
Ki-Re's avatar
Just breathtaking. I can't find other words.
Bumblebeeredhead97's avatar
Wow!  That is gorgeous! 
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