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Mwindaji (Swahili for The Hunter) by ShaleseSands Mwindaji (Swahili for The Hunter) by ShaleseSands
After over a year and seven months of on and off work, MY MASTERPIECE IS DONE!! :D I don't throw that term around lightly, but I truly believe this is a huge step in my growth as an artist. No shortcuts were taken with this piece from the start! The reference I used for this piece entailed an experience in the Serengeti that I'll never forget. Getting to spend time with this magnificent animal is nothing short of a dream.

I'm beyond stoked to share this piece with you all, and I hope you all enjoyed following along on this extended journey. Safe to say it will be a while before I do something this intense again! And yes, prints will most definitely be available! :)

"Mwindaji" (Swahili for "The Hunter")
24" X 36"
Acrylic on Board
My own references used.
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:iconpearlfeathersart:
pearlfeathersart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, your art is truly amazing!
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, Taylor! :aww:
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StarlightEquine Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Is this a photograph? Seriously? this is so amazing. It completely took my breath away.
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, nope! Just an acrylic painting. :D And thanks so much!
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Whitefurwolf Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible artwork! 
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :D
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:iconsteffchep:
steffchep Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are no words. Hats off to you!
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. :aww:
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:iconking-akumaru:
King-akumaru Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought this was photography at first, good job.
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :aww:
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:iconlolliangel00:
Lolliangel00 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
REALLY well made!!! 
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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NotToBright Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
At first glance this Materpiece seems like a mere Photograph, but once I took a closer loo, I could see it was a Painting, a very Detailed one, Props to you, this is gorgeous
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! I really appreciate it. Glad you like it! :D
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mettalx1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018
For half a minute I thought this was a filtered photograph... pure amazingness good sir! The fact that it's also a traditional piece takes my breath away, from the depth to the amount of accurate detail put into this, this is truly a beautiful piece of art right here!
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. Glad you like it. :D
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Slate-x-Cakes Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
I THOUGHT THIS WAS A PHOTOGRAPH.
Absolutely stunning~!! All that time certainly paid off. This is beautiful!
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. :aww:
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:icondoukz:
Doukz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wait.
wAIT.
You're telling me this isn't a photograph?? This is absolutely amazing!!
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, nope! Just pure paint. :D And thanks very much!
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:icondoukz:
Doukz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o wow! And you're so welcome!
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M0RPHAN Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018
Absolutly stunning...I have seen it last Xmas otherside of Serengeti..Magnificent animals.
Paiting as picture....wow
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! Yes, it's an amazing place to visit for sure. :aww:
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CenturyWild Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018   Traditional Artist
WOW Shalese! I think this is my favorite of yours yet (and that says a lot because I enjoy all of your works). The colors and intensity of the scene are spot on, and I can only imagine how much time that tree took to paint.. :faint:

You get better and better with every drawing / painting for sure! Congrats on completing your masterpiece! :clap:
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I really appreciate that. Haha, yes, that tree took foreeeever! I was so glad when that part was done, lol. :aww:
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Cyansky95 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like how you did the lighting and highlights in places, and the detail in this is incredible, beautiful work!
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. :aww:
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MartinWilneff Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Super work. Love the comp. Excellent!! :)
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :D
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KTLasair Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS BEYOND WORDS OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!
I thought this was a photograph!!! The realism is insane!!!!
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks So much! I really appreciate that. :aww:
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well you already know what I think of this, but it bears repeating: AMAZING!  :w00t: Go you!  Well done :D
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha thanks so much Rachel! I really do appreciate it. :D
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lauren14998 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018
Omg it truly is a masterpiece Oops!   
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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:icondeeed:
deeed Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018
This is stunning! You can see how much work and effort you’ve put into it! Amazing detail and the lighting is fantastic!
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. 😊
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:iconuntuox:
untuox Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018
Superb!!
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconuntuox:
untuox Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018
You wellcome!
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bluemoonpixels Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018
Beautiful Clap 
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Youkai55 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018
Only a year and seven months! 
This is so detailed, I also thought it was a photo.
Please tell me you used traditional methods for this and not digital?
either way, the piece is gorgeous. I envy you. Going to the Serengeti and seeing these wonderful creatures in thier natural environment is something I always wanted to do.
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, I didn't work on it solidly for that time frame (I had lots other pieces to work on in that time frame too), but it was definitely a time commitment. Yes this one's an acrylic painting. All I used were paint brushes, paint, and some water. :aww: Hope you're able to do that someday! It's truly an incredible experience.
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Lem0nyyy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  New Deviant
i legit thought it was real..
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :aww:
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Lem0nyyy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  New Deviant
^W^
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lisapencil Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018
Wow amazing work, this is fantastic.  There's hope for me yet
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:iconshalesesands:
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! Haha, there's always hope! ;)
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BeckyKidus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work! I love all the details, the color scheme, and especially the look of the leopard... It must have been such an experience to see this in real life!
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