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That Moment by Zephyri That Moment by Zephyri
My entry for the Share One Planet CG invitational.

Here's an odd story of how this image came about- feel free to skip if you're a tl:dr person. I had commented to my other half a few weeks ago that I missed my wildlife art, and I should do some more of it. Couple of weeks later, Dom War V had launched, and I was flailing around in the sea of vagueness that is their current brief (design a god... of anything), looking for inspiration. Browsing twitter in boredom, I came across a tweet that had the list of Spectrum master awards, so I clicked the link and browsed the familiar names on the list. The usual suspects. Except Andrew Jones had a piece called ' Share One planet'. Not a piece that sounded like his usual work, so curious, I googled it, and found the website of the same name. A wildlife digital art contest! Cool... thinks I, browsing some of the amazing wip and entries that were posted already. After a while, for no real reason, I wondered randomly if there were any people I knew personally taking part so i could cheer them on. I scour the participants list, recognising a few names, and then randomly see my own name! Quite the surprise, so having emailed them, realising they probably mailed my zephyri.com addy (which is no longer in my control atm), I managed to get my invitation, and what you see here is the final result.

If I ever have to paint fur like this again, it'll be too soon. The hi res version is 8000 pixels along it's longest length, and almost every stroke of fur is hand done one at a time! But I'm proud of the end result! Apologies to all those I defied by choosing the other thumbnail for too... I had some great feedback that convinced me my gut instinct was the way to go - to capture that moment where the story could go either way, but just nudging the narrative in the direction of the cat.

Done totally in Photoshop. You can find my thread on the site here: [link]

And a more detailed wip process can be found on my blog: [link]

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:iconbuckhills:
BuckHills Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's beautiful! How long did you take to finish this piece?
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I couldn't say for certain but it's well above the 20-25 hour mark.
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conceptfox Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is really stunning. :)
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RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
fantastic amazing! It looks so real! love the colors and poses
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EagleWingGallery Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Fantastic work on the fur.
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IcejCat Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
This is absolutely STUNNING! I love how you can see the tension in the cat's body, especially the shoulders, just before it springs. The snow flurry gives it an added realistic effect. Brilliant work!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! And not a lot of people would notice subtle things like the shoulder tension (something the ref didn't have, that I tried to add), so glad it does come across!
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IcejCat Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
lol I've just spent my life with cats and I'm use to noticing things like that. It's cool you thought to pay attention to small details like that.
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FreyrStrongart Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist
what a beautiful piece. The moment of brearthlessness, before everything explodes into frantic motion...
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad someone else sees what I was trying to capture... that moment where the story could go either way.
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Zairianara Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Stunning! I hope you win, this is amazing!
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MoonWalker24 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Kitty!!!! :D
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Clerical-Error Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is incredible! There's so much amazing contrast here. The impressive photorealism of the snow leopard and the goat contrast nicely with the more stylized background, which really leads the eye into the most important part of the image (the conflict between the two) as opposed to a bunch of needless background details. The intense saturated blue of the leopard's eyes also contrasts wonderfully with its gray-white fur, which creates a nice focal point too. Amazingly done!
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YokiMoki Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Student General Artist
RUN GOAT RRRUUUUUNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!! D:
its very pretty much better than what i can do digitally. Me and my tablet just don't like each other
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KarmaTheGoat Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*Throws up her arms and yells at the leopard!* SHOOOOOO!

I don't want the goat to be eaten, I love goats. <3

On a realistic note, I enjoy the style you used. It's not completely realistic, but both animals are really beautifully done! Absolutely good luck. :)
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KaxantheDragon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful suspense! Reminds me of Remington's work. Beautiful detail. LOVELY LOVELY LOVELY OVERALL!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Don't think I've heard of Remington, but I shall definitely look him (?) up! Thanks for the kind words!
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KaxantheDragon Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ He did a lot of western art and specialized in action shots that always left the viewer guessing to the outcome.

Will the goat get eaten? Or will he see the danger in time to run away?
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Magnificent. I can feel the cold, taste the anticipation.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ArtOfEdge Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful entry! I love the way you painted the yes and fur!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! The fur was a royal chore, but worth it I think!
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ArtOfEdge Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely worth it :nod:
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purplesinger Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Oooh, the suspense. :O

Also, hot damn that fur. Do you still have a hand after this piece? Because mine would be GONE. haha :heart:
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Zephyri Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hehehe doing fur like this digitally is nowhere near as much of a pain as doing it with traditional medium such as pencil or worse, water colour! But still a pain!
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Tattersail Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The fur looks so real!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to know the work paid off!
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Tattersail Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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greycat3 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Menyou Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the blue eyes *_*
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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xscarcrowx Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Perfect.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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xscarcrowx Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Certainly.
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miladiz Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Such dramatic moment! It is very well drawn!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome work!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Rita!
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
always my pleasure :D
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Rogue7 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Beautiful, love the bright blue eyes
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad they're leaping out!
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SeraphanRaziel Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
:wow: This is amazing! All of the work you put into it was well worth it! :hug: Also, I hope you win the contest! :#1:
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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SeraphanRaziel Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
You're welcome! :hug:
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KathrynWhiteford Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Every individual paint stroke on that fur was worth it - this is amazing!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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artsy-geek Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I feel like I've seen that goat before.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe you have? Reference wise, I've used a number of various images of ibex though...
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artsy-geek Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ah, okay :)
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