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Another digital animal painting :)

This deviation is special to me because I have always loved hyenas and they get such a bad rap. They are one of the coolest animals we have since they are actually a feline but have the head of a canine. It often looks so out of place because their head is so neat with the short hair yet their bodies are most often deshuffled. I went with this pose because you can see more of the feline grace in the hyena. In fact if you switched heads it could be a cheetah :)

I wanted to go with kind of a text book illustration look for this one. I think it came out pretty close to what I was trying to achieve.

I'm working on a striped hyena next :)

I hope you enjoy it :)
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:iconkdnightstar:
KDNightstar Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm very impressed with your artistic skill, as well as your sense of humor and whimsy.

It's always great to find another fan of spotted hyenas.  
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Lupai Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The detail is absolutly beautiful
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acrylicwildlife Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Best hyena portrait I've seen, nice balance of colours and composition.
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much :)
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:iconbaruti23:
Baruti23 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so beautiful! Everything has a great flow, and it could pass for a real photo. :D
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much :) I really enjoyed painting this one.
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:iconbaruti23:
Baruti23 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're very Welcome! ^^
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work :)
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I really enjoyed painting this piece.
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darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. It's very nice if you can enjoy what you're doing but don't forget to eat then xD
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
LOL - I do forget to eat :)
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Gylfie599 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow ! i thought this was a photo when i first saw it :la: Great work !
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I really enjoyed painting this one. :)
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Gylfie599 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay ! :squee: it is awesome !
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BlackwolfSilverpaw Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This looks really great! :heart:
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much :)
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BlackwolfSilverpaw Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most wecole :)
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Destynee33 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning! I can't believe your amazing talent. Wow.
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconblueharuka:
blueharuka Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful!
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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underdogshammer Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Very pretty. you captured the innocence in their eyes and their grace beautifully.
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much :)
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dragonflame15 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i love your digital art work, they look like photos!! :D
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. I haven't done them in a while but I need to paint more :)
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dragonflame15 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
np :D
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Eltasia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Hello!! :iconhellothereplz:
:bulletpink: Your amazing work have been featured in my journal [link] :iconpinkballoonplz:
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Tha's very nice of you :)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Student General Artist
Good to see so many hyena-lovers on DA. :)
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KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
I agree :)
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ratherbelaughing Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here we are with the comment :B i finally found the one to write it on :D
lets see where to start... you artwork is truly inspiring and shows the work you put into it with every picture. I happen to remember when i found your page and you only had about 10-20 llamas, then i come back a couple weeks later and you have a Mayor llama and i thought that was, frankly, astounding.
your detail never seems to fail to astound me of many people. This includes the expression.
While the detail of the fur or whatever you happen to do could stand amazing on its own, the expressions of all the animals you paint brings the whole thing to life.
(and as i a writing this i realized something)
it seems as though you are trying to grasp a deeper meaning into art. Lets take [link] for example.
You show the red wolf in its natural state of focusing on one thing, but you also seem to take matters into your own hands, and show the amazing calmness within the wolf's eyes. Which makes you wonder, could it be our fault for the damage we've caused to the species reputation?

A Shoutout to All
*KomodoEmpire is one heck of a guy, and he diserves alot more than we as watchers, supporters, or just passerby can give him. He teaches us to do art for the love of art. He teaches us to do art for something we are trying to stand up for. His art at the moment is for his book "Soulful", and the profits go to endangered animal resuce centers i beileve. Point being, *KomodoEmpire is not doing this for his own gain. We should all learn from this.

Back on Subject :lol:
i dont have much more to say, atleast, wha i do cant be put into words yet O-O
lets end on a cool note; your humor makes your art twice as much fun to see. Imagining the joy you must have painting all these pictures makes me smile :) Keep up the great work on both your books (which are both cleverly names 'Soulful and 'Soleful'). I hope to see what 'Soulful' can accomplish
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KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
WOW!!! It's hard to find the words to respond to this. I can't tell you how happy it makes me to know my efforts have been an inspiration to you as well as others. For me art is a community thing. We are all in it together and if we work together to both inspire and educate there is no limit to what we can accomplish.

I think it's wonderful the way you read into the expressions of the animal paintings. You hit it on the head. There is a certain amount of pride in their eyes but also a sadness; the heartache of how they have been abused and exploited by man. It certainly says a lot about your talent as an artist. The first step in great art is to understand and appreciate art. To be able to read the artist's intention.

It's marvelous you enjoy the humorous art as well. While I like to use my art to education I also like to entertain. I think it's important tpo explore many areas of art to become a fully rounded artist. An artists curiosity is what make art endearing.

The Soulful book is about to be released and it is just one of many art books I am doing to raise funds for worthwhile causes. Your support of these efforts as well as the rest of the DA community has been invaluable.

Again, thank you sooooooo very much for your kind words and your continued support. I hope I can continue to inspire you as well as others to realize their true potential and passions.
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ratherbelaughing Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It makes me happy to write a get such a wonderful response. :D
I always love to try to read that or which the artist is trying to say. Those pictures that have a deeper meaning to them always engage me. :giggle:

Yes humorous art; probably one of my favorites~ To be a well rounded artist is great. Ive noticed also, that you can educate while making such humorous art; it seems to work deeper into the thought process of children.

AND, im glad to hear that. Im happy i can help in anyway possible :)

i cant wait to see the book lol.
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KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Again, thank you! You do a great job of reading into an artists work. I love the humor too. I need to do more of that :) I really enjoy children's illiustration. Nothing beats a child's smile.
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Abesha Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh THIS IS FREAKING AMAAAAZZIING!!!!! SOO Realistic!!! i thaught it was a photo!!!! SERIOUSLY!!!
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it. I hope to do more animal paintings like this when I find the time.
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NeitherSparky Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
I love this so much...I want it for my computer's desktop background. :)
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! That would make a neat desktop background. I'll change it to be downloadable for a bit so you can get the bigger size.
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NeitherSparky Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Thanks, I downloaded it. :)
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Great :)
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isibis7 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so lovely... I never got why they have such a negative reputation either.
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! They really do get a lot of bad press and yet they are such an awesome animal.
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meganbednarz Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010   General Artist
Wow, this is beautiful work. The lighting is so brilliant. You really captured the motion of the wind. Only one thing to improve would be the composition: he's centered so kinda boring composition. Beautiful linework on the fur.
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks :) Yeah, I noticed he was too centered when I finished it but I was either too lazy or didn't have the time to extend it :) I'll have to do that at some point. Thanks for the feedback :)
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suesuzanne Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Love this painting , but dont understand how u do this sort of painting in digital..... wud love to know more ? Totally love Hyena`s too they are such survivers. Plus there are groups on here for them too.... wonderful stuff.
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I've come up with a few techniwues for simulating traditional painting styles. I plan to write a book on the technique eventually. I just need to find the time :)
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1-Lightningclaw Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
I love this!
Hyena's are my favourite animal, and I saw this and was like *-*
x] Great!
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:iconkomodoempire:
KomodoEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I think hyenas are awesome and get a bad rap.
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1-Lightningclaw Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
No problem! And, agreed.
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Dezfezable Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010   Digital Artist
I am envious of your painting skills. This looks like a photo, all the detaaiiils. *___* Totally +faving this. :heart:
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