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I’ve finally been able to finish these series of big cat portraits.

The personal meaning behind these paintings have slowly shifted towards something darker as I’ve been feeling down lately about the state of the enviroment and its wildlife..what we are doing to the earth and all it's inhabitants, is creating all manner of wounds. 

If we’re not careful animals will slowly go extinct and will soon be nothing more than relics of the past, only to be observed again behind a glass wall of a museum display. Like gemstones on a cabinet.

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KichisCrafts Featured By Owner Edited Feb 17, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
I really like this concept overall and your meaning behind the pieces is evident. I would love to see even more of these, they are gorgeous! Somber tone but still very beautiful.
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Becca114 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2018  Student General Artist
Woah! This is really cool!!
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TopHatLady Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2018
Absolutely love those geo-crystals, the meaning is thoughtful and these portraits are beautiful, well done!!
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Konalona121 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was deep yet beautiful. Love the meaning and the blend. Gemstones are something I love as well as wildlife and I love the appearance of these.
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BlueFoxTheCutest Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish people would take a moment to appreciate these creatures instead of killing them to make a quick buck.
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Luiza302 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, it's awesome!! Crystals and tigers symbols of power <3 
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:iconsolarizing:
Solarizing Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Love both the execution of the concept and the deeper meaning behind it! Very inspiring and shocking artwork! Great job :clap:
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:iconsamful:
Samful Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Student General Artist
uberstress holy shit look this is so cool
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:iconorwichu:
orwichu Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THE TIGER........I LOVE THEM.
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:iconstarthecometwolf:
starthecometwolf Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty
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:iconbluetopazbeast:
BlueTopazBeast Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It creepy/ beautiful at the same time
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:iconqdpxqbp:
qdpxqbp Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018
I like the idea and how, somehow the colour selected for each feline resembles them.
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CallMeWhisty Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAASNDBJCBJCE OMG ITS SO AMAZING!!!!!!
THE DETAIL THE FLUFF THE CRYSTALS ITS SO GOOD!!!!!!!
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UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Student General Artist
Love it! Wish creatures had features like these!
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XxxSugaxxX Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
ooh!!!it so cool!
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WannaBeArtist01 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just jaw-dropping beauty right here
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RireDeCire Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018
Ew the first one is really scary with the red geode for the eyes Scared Fluttershy 

but the others are amazingly beautiful Lucy-in-love 
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LovestarHazelangel Featured By Owner Edited Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very well done! Scary, but also very pretty and well made. :D
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ObsoleteAlice Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has such a powerful message and it's done so beautifully, you're very talented~
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:iconvglybxy:
VglyBxy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is absolutely beautiful!
This is one of the most creative pieces I've ever seen! Definitely earned a fav & watch !!
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:iconcadavercrafts:
CadaverCrafts Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Those are so amazingly cool, seriously great job!
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shadowekat Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
extremely pretty and creepy at the same time..i love geodes, rocks and big cats!
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CrazyWendigoCat Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018
Don't post shit like that here. There are kids on the site for god's sake
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Ferrety-Lixciaa Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What the hell? Why here? Please be respectful to this artist.
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:iconmaquenda:
Maquenda Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I was away for two weeks..what happened D:
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Ferrety-Lixciaa Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They posted a picture of 3d woman bare chested and shot in the middle, with a phrase but I think I blocked the words out... :')
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Maquenda Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Student Digital Artist
wtf XD
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:iconferrety-lixciaa:
Ferrety-Lixciaa Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed! :'D
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friendlymrguy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Professional General Artist
heil hitler xd
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Mx444 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018
Amazing
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TenebrisArt Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist
Very nice description... :)
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:iconaerglow:
Aerglow Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful as the message behind it, great work dude!
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:iconmagtox:
magtox Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are absolutely incredible! Thank you for also linking your etsy, I'm in love with everything in your shop. 
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Jadedragondestiney Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Student Artist
That's really beautiful. 
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ZeldaGamer11 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Student General Artist
This freaks me out a little. Kinda like trypophobia but I guess with one big hole instead of many tiny ones?
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:iconaeryael:
aeryael Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018   Digital Artist
Very impressive work.
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:iconpteridium:
Pteridium Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful but horrifying. I love it!
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NearlyEverythingFan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018
Oh jeez! Now this is terrifying! But your message is understood.
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Someday-Tokay Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These portraits kind of give me a very.. ominous vibe. Beautiful, but sought after and dwindling in the light of those who would take and take and take and take..

Depressing
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Micshork Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
What species are all the cats?
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Mellowix Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Student
From left to right, the only ones I can tell are: 1st: Cheetah. 3rd: Snow leopard. 4th: Tiger. 

The other two I'm not so sure about. The 5th is probably a leopard but the 2nd I'm lost on.
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:iconmaquenda:
Maquenda Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Clouded Leopard and Leopard :)
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gorillabutter Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018
Very cool! Love this
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LovestarHazelangel Featured By Owner Edited Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand now; not only is this beautifully sad, it is a realistically depressing issue we need to solve or else life dies and is forgotten entirely.
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Goopy2 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you and i will probably die before they go extinct so who cares
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LovestarHazelangel Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, why do you care about my comment so much, stranger???
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LovestarHazelangel Featured By Owner Edited Oct 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Why can't I care?

Humans are a complicated species that will die by their mistakes,
while these guys are trying to be killed and saved by humans at the same time.
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Goopy2 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
also, I only left 1 comment how did you got into a conclusion saying I care about your comment?
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