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Please see the photo reference of myself.



This is the first and probably last time I will ever publicly share my reference. It's just in this instance I did not understand the reservations regarding the anatomy and the fingers, since they are based off my reference in as close exactness as I could render.

When captured at ground level, and with the arms positioned as such, the breasts become completely obscured, thus exposing just the abdomen. And no... I'm a B cup, before you start wondering.

Double jointed fingers, when foreshortened, take on just so an appearance. Especially in cases such as mine where agile, tiny fingers come into play.

Romanticising the anatomy would not have served my original purpose.

If however there's something I'm missing, please let me know.

Thank you :heart:

:)







14x20" Arches cold press watercolour paper
Water-soluble crayons, graphite, ink, blood
Keith's "Flesh In Twilight" overlaid


Redux of "Morpheage" from June 2008






Servants to our muse







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First off, let me begin this with the fact that I love this piece. I think it's one of your best; the contrast, tension and dynamic composition really bring it together.

The tiger mask is very well done; it looks lifelike, angry and dangerous. I think this ties together well with the fact that she's nearly listlessly offering a growl. The expression on her face is beautiful and complacent--possibly apathetic. This contrasts magnificently with the ferocity of her facade. The tiger also offers an anonymity synonymous with the masks we wear day to day. She is not Mary, Beth or Sue, but instead the embodiment of a tiger. But does she necessarily feel like the mask she must wear is appropriate? Or does she feel like she is required, regardless of her emotions or actual self? Her expression and body language say "..rar." but her mask/hood/TIGER ON HEAD says "ROOOOOOOOAR".

The white of the bamboo is pleasing in combination with the black stripes of the tiger. The overlay works well, and so do the spots of "blood".

I love that this piece raises these questions. The only thing that needs a bit of work is the extended "clawing" hand, but that's just something that comes with continued practice. (This isn't to say it's bad, just that there's always room for improvement). On the contrary, the anatomy of the tiger head is absolutely phenomenal. I would applaud yourself on a job well done, and I hope to have this on my wall some day!
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28 out of 28 deviants thought this was fair.

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Beauty and ferocity. Alone, both of these can drive any work of art and create something wonderful. This piece however, has managed to completely blur the line between the two and create something that is no short of breathtaking. Such an great piece doesn't seem appear often, so let us dig in to what finds out to be so great.

Attention to detail is great, and you can't help but give it multiple looks and still find things that you haven't seen before. The female subject is well-depicted and can almost be imaged crawling toward you out of the very image she was conceived in. The tiger skin headdress is a true show of beauty and the way the fur looks on it is excellent.

Personally, I'm not sure which one is more attractive the color usage or the detail used. The color perfectly suits the bold feeling you get from the image in itself.

The background colors are almost like the flames of the female's inner desires and passions and the tiger skin on her back could also represent her more primitive desires that she is desperately trying to overcome despite it appearing as more of a burden as she slowly tries to move forward.

All in all, this is yet another beautiful piece made by our friendly neighborhood gallery director ^snowmask. Another great piece and another great compliment to anyone's collection.
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Wyrdhaven Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is very striking. Not sure how I missed it before.
Also, it makes my Muse make funny pleased growling sounds in the back of my head. Not sure what that means though.
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sallyftnbc Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
This piece is featured in [link]
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flare9299 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
I like this piece a lot, and the way you've made it look like she's coming towards you that's what I thought when I saw this piece the colours also add it gives off the impression that she's one with nature with the tiger covering her eyes and the bamboo acting like a wall behind her. In away it could represent protection that humans and nature can be one :)

Ironically this print came in the post today and that's what sprung to my mind when I saw it, and I have to say if you ever revisit this piece it'll look even better :hug:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I'm very happy you enjoyed this, and hopefully you'll like the redux even more, when I get to it :giggle:
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Elvenwyn Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome picture.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug:
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Elvenwyn Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :)

Again, I apologise for the late reply.
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DOK-FITZ Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovelovelove IT!
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snowmask Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:bow:
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KalliaModel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Verrrrry nice. Love the texture and shading, as always, its done with such lush attention to detail.

I adore the bizarre imagery coming into play here, and the anatomy (or lack of bewbs :) ) is perfect for the image its creating anyway.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you hun :hug:
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awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, such an improvement from the original piece! :wow: I love the color and the fierceness of the tiger. I can't believe the hands, they look more or less right but when I look at the reference I don't see any difference. Incredible piece!
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snowmask Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, very happy you enjoyed this piece!
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awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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Ayhe Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I say that nobody should mess with you, you look very fierce here ;)
The illustration has a unique concept, and the hands are very well done :D
I assume that the tiger is your favourite animal :D
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snowmask Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:blushes:

I don't know what my favourite animal is, to be honest. I love so many! Tigers are pretty cool though 8-)

Thank you again for taking a look and for leaving your thoughts!
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Ayhe Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:cuddle:
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ivanraposo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gentle and wild... Amazing concept. (Instant :+fav: )
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snowmask Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :hug:
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ivanraposo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a pleasure.
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DigiDrew Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW, WOW, WOW!!!

I came across this on ODD's yearly collection and yet again I must thank her for expanding my horizons.

What an incredible piece!

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snowmask Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you so much for your kind words, I'm very happy you enjoyed this piece!
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OibyrdsDDs Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Hi There :wave:
I have featured your work in my recent journal showcasing the best of 2009 :) You can view it at the link below:

[link]

Have a very happy 2010!
Sandi
aka `oibyrd
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InkedInBlack Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Its curious how the Anatomy warps that way. (yes I am alive and kicking) Very nice use of positive space (I believe) the bamboo shoots are a nice touch and I love the details on the tiger mask.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for dropping by my friend :hug: Very happy you like this one :)
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OibyrdsDDs Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
Hello There :wave:
I have featured your work in my recent journal dedicated to traditional artwork I loved in 2009 :) You can view it at the link below:

[link]

Thank you for sharing your artwork with us - I look forward to seeing more in 2010!
Warm Regards
Sandi
aka `oibyrd

PS - Please excuse the cut-and-paste message - all a part of time management ;)
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Pardoxismminant Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Ooh...while the colors are very light, the whole picture feels really lush. And like you said, you don't see much in terms of breasts, buttocks, or anything much like that, it has a sort of erotic, dangerous feel to it^^.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Very happy you enjoyed the piece, thank you for taking a look!
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OibyrdsDDs Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
:wave: Hi There!
I have featured your work in my recent journal dedicated to both newly submitted deviations AND the popular ones :D you can view it at the link below:

[link]

If you'd rather not have your work featured in this manner just let me know :) Otherwise keep up the great work! I hope my feature brings you some new fans! :clap:
Warm Regards
Sandi
aka `oibyrd

PS - Please excuse the impersonal cut-and-paste message - all a part of time management!
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Written-Disaster Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I have no way to describe how beautiful this is ! Beautiful does not even come close to giving this piece justice. Bravo.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Thank you so much :kiss:
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chakrabird Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
I just see this with the updated reference photo and had a look. I agree that some anatomy on hands and arms is off, and still so after having a close look at the photo.

Imho it seems like you have a tendency to make sharper corners where there should be a softer roundness, putting off the anatomy slightly here and there. For example the roundness of the arms.. As others have said I agree, the hands are not correct, not even compared to the photo, again regarding the roundness of shapes and the placement and perspective of fingers in regard to each other, the foreshortening doesn't work completely ..have a close look at the painted wrists compared to the photo, the wrist on the hand on the floor is too thin and thus contribute to the odd looking fingers, and the hand and fingers are not angled correctly against the floor.. in the photo the pressure of the hand lies under the wrist and is where it would always be with a pose like that, you can't sense the pressure of the hand to the floor looking at the painting..

I realize it may not have been your goal to duplicate the anatomy 100% from the photo, and in any case foreshortening and hands are difficult things, but if not matching, deliberately or not, small details on the anatomy in certain places it can make the overall impression stand away from the realistic anatomy. I also feel a bit more shadow work on the body could have worked well and matched the shadowing on the knees.

Just my two cents on the anatomy issue, and that said, it's still a great piece with a great overall impression. And I love the colour work of the piece. :blowkiss:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I know what you mean :) This piece fell out of my liking very soon anyway :B or rather, once I start working on something new, I usually begin to not care, and start seeing all the "flaws" as they were.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this Tina <3
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Lekompakt Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
The only real difference I notice between the reference photo and the painting is that the face looks a bit longer in the painting than in the photo. I actually like it that way, though. It seems to fit with the tiger motif, gives the character a more predatory look in my opinion. Love the background here also, excellent job overall. Bravo! :clap:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for taking a look my friend <3 hope you've been well :)
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Lekompakt Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Photographer
Been well so far, now the trick is to stay well. I've managed to stay sane throughout the semester so far, hopefully it stays that way :P
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snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
EVERYONE is so busy with school :faint:
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Eye-Freeze Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
zomg diz iz zwesome, does zis cat haz a cheezburger.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle:
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Eye-Freeze Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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LadyCrimson Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
a very impressive piece, great work :iconyesyesyesplz:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :heart:
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
WOW. Amazing, powerful image . . . I love that tiger and how you did the background she's stalking through.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you love. The background was Keith's idea :)
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xhelloxkittyx Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
favorite word
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snowmask Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Aye.
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rikusgirl Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
This is absolutely incredible, your composition, absolutely grand.
I adore the fact that the anatomy is infact correct yet your double jointed fingers here in the pose of your hand, add so much more to this creation. It's simply wonderful.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for taking a look and for your kind words :hug:
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rikusgirl Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Quite the pleasure, it's such a great piece, I fell in love with it.
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psycho-cookie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
Amazing work, Katie. :love:
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