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A-Ghrian and A-Gealach by balaa A-Ghrian and A-Gealach by balaa
Rest fair Silver-kin
Within my gleaming pelt
Upon Soft tawny leas
And deep green seas
Carry e’er the sorrow song
The song of a’ghrian and a’gealach.
My voice bequeathed
To kindred heart
The memory in tears
and onyx wreaths of rosette burnt
O Silver-kin o mine
I am your voice
The voice of the healing rain
And waning silver moon
O tender Silver-kin o mine
My voice is yourn
Of the twilight
Of the shadow
We have fell to be
O Bright Silver-kin
In timeless spots
Like melody
We find our way
E’er as one
E’er of one


Above was a very early proof of concept for one of the many songs leopard mothers sing to their cubs. It is by way of song that leopards in The Leopard Sun pass on their mythology and old stories down through the generations.

One of the things we decided early on was that the "cultures" of the animals in The Leopard Sun wouldn't be based on African tribes. The obvious reason is that this formula is overused; but the primary reason is that the animals are supposed to be a reflection of humanity. We wanted each species to have a very distinct culture from one another (akin to peoples descended from different civilizations), even if that meant their cultures aren't "African" in feel. In the case of the leopards, their culture has some Celtic elements, which is reflected in their songs.

a’ghrian and a’gealach means "Sun" and "Moon", respectively. Although the Moon is the primary deity in the leopard's mythology, the Sun does play a prominent role, and the leopard's story line frequently revisits this duality.

Hawa, standing in the back against the golden disc of the Sun, is partially eclipsed by Ruya and her silver Moon. Will she shield the world from his flames? Or will his fire consume her?

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Artwork by   Balaa
The Leopard Sun is ©   Balaa &   Bagheera
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Kelshray Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
OMG so cool, I love your composition!
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist
WOW!
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Firequill Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017   Digital Artist
So beautiful! It's easy to just stare at this for ages; the contrast and textures just suck you in! :love:
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ArticWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017   Traditional Artist
very pretty
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KendaWolf Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well done^^
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
cool work
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful
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TheStormUnleashed Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i absolutely LOVE the idea of Celtic leopards. That's so unique and exciting!
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balaa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Umbra-Avis Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017   Traditional Artist
Such a beautiful contrast! I love the added gold and your so careful with where you put the stars, they're perfect. =)
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oh golly, thank you!
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Tartii Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can we buy this as a matted print from you, perhaps?
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balaa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
Hi there! Golly thank you so much for asking! This is a pretty rough concept and may be revisited as we move forward! At the moment we are not offering prints from The Leopard Sun artwork but we do plan to put all art we make, including this one, into a book! Maybe by that point, when we are nearing finishing the book we will also explore other options (such as prints!).

Thank you again for asking! We are so thrilled you like it enough to want to own a print!
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Tartii Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All of your work is absolutely stunning! It had been inspiring to hone my skills as an artist for years upon years!
Your latest works have just been so visually stunning, I'd love to own them and have them on my walls!

I suppose an artbook I could settle with, but would really love such large prints on their own!

Perhaps rare instances at furcons in art auctions are possible?
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Geckopizza Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GAHHHHHHHHHHH
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balaa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
Heeehee thank you!
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Geckopizza Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np
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Starhorse Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
Ooh man, so pretty
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank yoooou!
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TamberElla Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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balaa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
*melts into a puddle* <3!
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UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Student General Artist
Lovely!
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Student General Artist
No prob!
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