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Above the Clouds


[Music to accompany the piece]

My entry for a Draw This In Your Style (also known as DTIYS) challenge hosted by Chiakiro / @chiakiroart on Instagram. The topic was a tiger with pink and blue clouds and it was right up in my alley so I couldn't resist!

I have been trying to get back into my comfort zone to find the joy of creating art. It's surprisingly easy to lose that joy, especially when you get too caught up in social media. For me it's far too easy to coax myself into doing work that I think people and the algorithm will like and in the process I lose what is important to me. I sometimes feel a little silly just painting big cats in various sky and space inspired scenery but it's just so much fun! There is so much to explore and painting these kind of pieces makes me happy.

This piece was also inspired by the song "Above the Clouds" by Musk Ox, one of my favourite songs. I have been wanting to do something inspired by it for so long and decided to pull some of the vibes from it into this painting.

I hope you like it!

Done with Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Wacom Cintiq 13HD

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I dug out my ancient deviantart account just so I could download this piece to use as my desktop background at my new job. This is one of my favorite pieces you've done this year so far.

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Glad to hear you like it! Hopefully it'll cheer up your workdays as your desktop bg, too.

bruscor5's avatar

Duuddeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ive wanted something with this type of background for so long and here it is! Astonishing work!

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Thanks, glad to hear you like it!

thunderandlion's avatar

Beautiful Tabby cat: Heart eyes I'm loving the colours and how this was painted!

ANIMALGIRL1869's avatar

this is beautiful!


anything with creatures or animals look amazing in your style - I HOPE YOU WIN!!!!!


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For me the real victory was getting this done, I struggled with it quite a bit but hard work paid off :)


it really shows!

your creature art is extremely detailed and your coloring is always amazing.

this piece on the other hand, the details and colors really shine brighter than other art you have made. it's beautiful and you should feel proud!

Renmi's avatar

Nicely done! I really like how heavy and grand the tiger feels :)

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GECKO-Nuzlockes's avatar

ooooh, the colors on this are so niiiiice

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