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Flaming Cat + PSD

In case you are interested on knowing how I created this image, you can download the .PSD in small resolution to know my step by steps. (Please do not post this image in any other place and claim it as your own. I only provide the .psd for those of you that want to know the whole process I used and learn something from it) (.PSD = leaning the basics about lighting and using gradient colors on the overall image) NOTE: For the final touch, I used topaz clean filter. (filters can be found here [link] )

Looks cool as a screensaver so feel free to DL and use as so. other than as a screensaver, please to not alter or distribuite this image in any way without my authorization.

Main Soure/Reference used
by :iconxnickixstockx:

fire pack [link]
Smoke pack [link]

Hope you like it. if you do please fav* it <3
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800x533px 9.96 MB
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Me after I eat a chili pepper

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:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

since you are good with pShop and this image is really neat, I'll give you a critique to make it perfect. but I'm coming from a place that I already respect you/this as good.
The smoke coming out of the nose needs a subtle shadow from the nose to the smoke. The cats lit from directly above so adding a lightly burred line will help it fit in better. Smoke also dissipates and diffuses so burring a few part on the left side. maybe a few larger paint strokes. feels a little too painted.
flame image is the wrong scale, probably need a different image of a smaller flame. Those flames are from something pretty large, altho counter to that note you could argue you liked it for the detail. Still the mismatch in scale makes it look "faker". That said I'm not sure its worth changing the fire image, since it's pretty cool as is.
Flames add surprisingly little light, in reality, when the scene is lit already. However I'd still cheat in some lighting on the bottom tooth's edge, and maybe add a bigger lick of flame over just part of it since the matte painted on the tooth is too blurry to perfectly cut out the flame.
Over all great job, I wouldn't have even attempted to hand paint the smoke, and the idea for the image is inspiring. You also balanced the higher frequency fire with higher frequency smoke which helps with your choice of elements. Great job!
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:star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Impact

I like this piece.


The smoke coming out of the nose in a straight lines seems off to me.. i get that its being breathed out so it would need to go straight for a second but that smoke looks like it was just sitting and that's what happened.. not being blown.. could be because i'm a smoker but it should go out in more of a widening stream before it distorts and acts like smoke.. its not a big problem tho..

The fire away from the mouth is awesome.. but the way its so see through at the top part near the mouth throws the fire off and it does seem to curl with the tongue at all making it clash a little..

The lighting is great and the transition from light to dark is great as all.. Which brings me to another point.. the smoke should fade with the darkness.. fire is bright and would be seen but smoke is not and would disappear into the black...

I hope that this helps you <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/> nice piece!
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despite your lack of correct terms that could have made your critique just a little clearer such as: 'opacity' or 'translucent' your critique rocked and it seemed very impartial to any bias', awesome job
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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

The picture is of great effect and proves an excellent PS editing technique. I appreciate your care for all the details like shadows, transition between textures and light. The image has a consistent, veridical aspect.

The subject of the manip is well chosen, standing out from the very beginning. The "facial expression" of the feline goes perfectly well with the fire & smoke you added.
I also like how you complemented him with the green background, because it lets the viewer focus even more on him.

The focus and light are well chosen, leading all to the feline face. The fog effect you created, helps finding a general focus point.

I hope to see more of your manips! <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
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tal4's avatar
"All right, which one of you clowns put chillie sauce in my dinner?" :)
CuzImaJellyfish's avatar
I love what you've done here!
This is something I made:…
I would love to get your opinion about it
Shadowkey392's avatar
So YOU'RE the one who ate that carton of jalapenos...
thatturner's avatar
I'm glad you included the original picture; it's clear you (brilliantly) added in the smoke and flames, but I wouldn't have realized how much you changed in the background or in the cat's fur. 
Vrinda-the-Wistful's avatar
Very well done.  Convincing!  :) :iconburningplz:
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this was posted to as stock…
trouto's avatar
The kitty can breath fire! We are all dooomed!
AnubisPriest-ca's avatar
Awesome work. Makes me think of a fire breathing dragon lazily yawning, a bit of 'fire of the belly escaping out' in the haze of a sleepy mind.
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I love it! It's awesome! :)
MuroPearl's avatar
This flaming feline is flipping fabulous!!!!
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