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I decided to make a little series out of painting my snakes! This is Kovu... yup, my boyfriend named him after the lion from The Lion King 2 :"D of course, if you know me you know I won't complain about a Lion King reference! Painting these guys is great practice for dragons and reptiles in the future, and also some much needed hand practice! This little dude stole my heart, as soon as I saw him I knew I had to have him. He has such a dorky face. I got him on Valentines day this month! 

He's a Liasis fuscus or an Australian water python. It's unlikely I'll ever be able to find a female for him, they're very hard to come by as a species. I was surprised when I saw him for sale! If I ever manage to find a female I will certainly buy it. I adore their deep brown colors, and they radiate rainbows in the sunlight! Can you tell I have a thing for iridescence? 
He's a fantastic eater and once he's full grown he'll be situated in a semi-aquatic bio-active exo-terra! Coming up next is probably a hognose or one of my ball pythons!

PS- the full process video of this painting was recorded and will be part of my Patreon video tutorial on shiny animal textures this month! It will go up on Gumroad as well at some point.

Kovu1 SM by TamberElla
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aleksandraungerProfessional General Artist
pretty snek. <3 
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Xaal-VatorHobbyist Digital Artist
Love it! I love snakes in general though... So maybe that is why I enjoyed this pic so much.
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SuperMarioFan65Student Digital Artist
Nice one
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FerrothProfessional Digital Artist
Beautiful portrait of him. :) I love snakes.
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You captured the iridescence beautifully. I have a corn snake and milk snake myself
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SilverCloud324Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a corn snake too, I'm hoping to get a ball python soon
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what color corn snake?
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SilverCloud324Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's just a normal
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I have a blizzard corn snake and an albino Honduran milk snake
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oceantigerHobbyist Digital Artist
such a soft and nice picture !
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Autumnpeace100Hobbyist General Artist
The lighting is so beautiful. The shine is so realistic I really think I can touch it. XD cool!
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Mini-WolfsbaneHobbyist General Artist
Looks great!
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renae30590Hobbyist Digital Artist
such a cute snake! 10/10 pic thought it was real
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Gabrix89Professional Digital Artist
Very nice! I really like the style of this! :D
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AlienSkullHobbyist General Artist
I adore how soft and gentle it all seems. Snakes are beautiful creatures and in this instead of their reputation for death, we see their grace.
Wonderful job.
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sarahbeeillustrationProfessional General Artist
Beautiful use of color!
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GazzycakesHobbyist General Artist
whoa. Brilliant Lighting. :)
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I want a water python so bad. Fortunately for me, being in Australia makes them a little easier to come by I'd imagine, though they're not hugely common here either. They're such beautiful snakes. Any yay for bioactive vivariums!
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WOW amazing :0
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Beautiful!! Love the how you made the rainbow effect!
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jayarrhHobbyist Digital Artist
When I saw the thumbnail I tought it was a photo. Beautiful work!
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CaseMaydayHobbyist Traditional Artist
Outright beautiful. I like snakes as pets. :3
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Absolutely amazing! 
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