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Resting leopard


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Sometimes we all need a good night's sleep, right?

So, first time in far too long that I have done anything with scratchboard. Last time was... almost a year and a half ago. Most certainly too far ago, in other words - and I noticed I had gotten a bit rusty when I started to work on this piece too. However, I got the hang of it decently soon again, and I'm quite satisfied with the end result. Scratchboard is great for tiny details, so I had quite a lot of fun with all the spots and bark here!

Prints etc are available in my redbubble shop:…

Reference photo by Martin Vysoudil on Unsplash:…

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May 10, 2021, 1:13:10 PM
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Really stunning artwork

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Lichtfederr's avatar

Oh my god 😍 It's sooooo pretty ✨

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FelisGlacialis's avatar

Really beautiful and quite different than your usual technique, yet very recognizable as your style. I also like the pose of the leopard, you definitely conveyed the feeling of a good sleep.

How did you experience drawing 'in reverse' to such an extreme? You have done it with black paper but this takes it to the next level I think.

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Thank you so much!

Honestly, I have never had much of a problem with drawing "in reverse". I presume the fact that I started with black paper before scratchboard has helped me quite a bit, though. This does indeed have more contrast than black paper, but it has never been much of a problem.

Of course, you need to plan your piece a bit, though. Not all subjects or reference photos do well here. You'd need something which has quite a bit of contrast, so some things work better than others. Dramatic lighting works well, as well as animals which by default have contrast (think dark markings on light(er) fur).

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EternalTheMandarin06's avatar

i saw you give me a llama badge (thanks for that btw) so i decided to check you out, and WOAH. your art is just incredible! the realism is on point.

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Thank you so much!

Elioenai's avatar

Nice work :) The drawing is perfectly drawn, amazing artistic skills and it shows a lot of talent

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Thank you so much! :heart:

CanberraACFangirl's avatar

First of all I LOVE leopards! And this looks exactly like the picture, I can't stress enough how great of an artist you are :D

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Thank you so much! :hug:

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Oh my goodness! I love it so much. Not sure if I mentioned it but I LOVE BIG CATS! And leopards are my personal favorites!

It looks so realistic and the background is black that's a complex one!

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Thank you so much! :hug:

Very complex background, yeah :XD: But sometimes simple is better. (Or, admittedly, at least easier.)

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fantastic work :love:

I love this realism :D

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DoctorV23's avatar

Wow, nice! Reminds me of my cat, too... :lol:

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Thank you!

Let me guess - they are rather sleepy most of the time? :lol:

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:heart::heart::heart: Gorgeous Sleeping Kitty :heart: :heart: :heart:

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