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The Leopard Sun - Leopard Moon by balaa 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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The Leopard Sun - Leopard Moon by balaa ( Suggested by cosmicbound and Featured by KovoWolf )
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Rosanna-Bradley Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Wow
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FoxMayham Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Student General Artist
How did you create the neon affect?
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AmirShinobi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS SO STUNNING! I LOVE IT!!!!
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Gorgeous  artwork!! :iconclapplz:!!

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

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zayzaybud7860 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful!  Kinda reminds me of the Forest Spirit from Princess Mononoke!...probably because of the light strands-things?
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oldeekdog Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018
Beautiful cat!
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CreativeMark24 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist
Beautiful! Congragulations!:love:
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful - love the details and the lighting - and I love Thomas Bergerson's work!
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ariya-sacca Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Student General Artist
I enjoyed this painting and the description of the process behind it!
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Catgirldstr11 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018
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Wolfguard22 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018
Gorgeous piece, congrats on the DD.
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L-James Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
this is a wonderfully powerful illustration!!
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taytay-astor Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My word, this is just crazy beautiful! :o :)
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Lightythedreamer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing *_*
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kathroni Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
Really awesome 
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Nukeshi Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
Gorgeous! I love the lighting effects. 
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UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Student General Artist
Beautiful!
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sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Ooooh I love this one!!! <3
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CapscesDigitalInk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Professional General Artist
Very nice work!
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Teradiam Featured By Owner Edited Jan 4, 2018  Student General Artist
I'd like to purchase the book when it's finished! Will it be available only as digital book?
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balaa Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Professional General Artist
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!
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Ki-Re Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
Just breathtaking. I can't find other words.
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Bumblebeeredhead97 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!  That is gorgeous! 
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
epic,good job
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TheAmazingTrashCan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
Very beautiful and inspiring! :heart:
My first thought was that this could be a album or book cover but you confirmed that It will be a book cover.
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RoyalFelide Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
That is so beautifulart!
I cannot stop to look at it <3
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Pepper-Lynx Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous, creative,and admirable <3
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Twitterlu Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
So very stunning. :clap: 
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
excellent
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