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Amur Leopard

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Project from the spring semester

Painted in CS6
Original 18x26in
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AliaUmba's avatar
Such a strong yet fragile animal interpreted in such a beautiful way. Does the melting pattern on the fur have some meaning? 
AnimalArtKingdom's avatar
Such a beautiful painting. Full of emotion and style! Love it :)
ChrizSplash's avatar
Wow. I'm impressed with the techniques you used in this piece. The leopard looks realistic but at the same time stylized. Full of personality! The paint drip effect is very clever, and it can hold so many different meanings... artistically and in reality. Purple on green, the chalky texture and the waxy look; all of these little things make the work look finished and valuable as an individual piece. (:
Fantelle's avatar
Awesome. u.u <3
KiarraPatasius's avatar
I just have a question when you draw or paint to you get a picture offline then sorta go off that I'm not trying to be rude or anything like that I was just wondering so I know if I can do that I told my sister that's what I do and she's like that's copying and now I'm wondering that so if you could let me know some hoe that would be great thanks and by the way this piece is GREAT!!!!
soulwithin465's avatar

Hello~~! This is an excellent question that I actually used to struggle with a lot myself! Despite what many feel, I’ve come to find that drawing from photos is totally fine. It mostly depends on what the drawing is for, the source of the photo, and how direct you intend to reference/copy.


Using your own photos is always the best option. But that isn’t always possible. When I don’t have the option to work from my own photos (like with this piece), I find a variety of references online. I intend to use this in my portfolio and possibly sell prints, so I avoid direct copying to prevent copyright issues. For this piece specifically I used photos to reference the structure, fur direction, color patterns, and anatomy. Here are some of the references used:


Color inspiration:…




It’s also important to sketch out a rough thumbnail before searching for references. This allows the composition to be original and not reliant on photo. Reference should then be used to help enhance acuracy, not dictate it artistically...if that makes sense, haha. 


This .gif kind of shows the process better:…


Never doubt using photos as a source. Do keep in mind that if you’re looking to make a piece for your portfolio, something commercially, or for profit it’s best to not copy directly. But if you’re looking to just mess around, learn a technique, or paint studies, copying a photo is generally harmless and can be a good exercise. If ever in doubt feel free to ask the photographer, and just be mindful of providing credit when due >u<b

(artist secret: Early on I heavily copied from photos and others' art. Many artist have done this. It offers great guidance in understanding anatomy, lighting, and technique. By copying photos, and from artist who already know what they're doing, you build a mental library and understanding so you won't always need reference. Don't be afraid to learn by copying! Just be mindful of what you choose to publicly post if you do copy from a drawing.)



Haha sorry if I went too in-depth/lengthy with this! I always love talking about different techniques and strategies. And photo reference is one of those topics that is often brought up amongst my piers! If you have any other questions feel free to ask, and have fun drawing :D


Silvolf's avatar
I like the effect of the spots running.
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Escaron's avatar
You are so friggin skilled!!! <333
Shilokh's avatar
The paint dripping like that is great!
Woodswallow's avatar
Fantastic job on the anatomy and excellent idea with the dripping colours, great effect!
Wayfir's avatar
this piece is gorrrgeeOUUSSS ;o;
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Nexcello's avatar
Amazing use of color in this. The anatomy looks spot on too. Really nice work here :clap:
soulwithin465's avatar
Thank you very much! c:
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