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Egyptian Pride by balaa Egyptian Pride by balaa
The culmination of last months work. I ended up having to take several breaks from the piece just to get my mind refocused seeing as it turned out to be a rather huge project. I guessed it would be but not to this extent ;). I don't, however, regret taking on this project as I learned quite a bit along the way, which really in the end is far more valuable than any amount of money. I would also like to give a very special thank you to the commissioner :iconwrgun-tyre: (Worgun-Tyre) for not only his confidence in my skill as an artist but also his patience and kind words along the way! You have made the process nothing less of a joy! You will always hold priority if you ever want another commission in the future for you have been a very pleasant person in all my dealings with you! Again thank you :).

Now for the details on the piece itself. The background was a struggle seeing as I had never done much architecture, especially egyptian collumns. But again I learned quite a bit. I realize they could be a little less uniform but in all honesty I simply did not have the energy to do 4 seperate columns! Again the lighting was a struggle since I did not have any reference to go from, so mostly it was just trial and error until it looked somewhat like I pictured it! I am rather proud of the skills I learned during the creation of this piece of work so for that reason I am discouraging critique. This piece could likely do with a few improvements, but if that was the case most of my pieces...if not all..would never reach the stage of being called a final product!

The title is a very simple play on words. Egyptian pride, pride in the typical meaning of the word as well as the double meaning of "lion pride" signifying the pair is family/mates.

There ya have it, hope you like.
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:iconjoidi:
Joidi Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Just Beautiful, you must be very pleased
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Gogredeks Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005
Well I can not explain enough how you portraid my
two favorite cats and in the title my second favorite
historical location. I thinky ou greagly took them with
the sunlight sitting together. Beautiful
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darquejag Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005  Professional Writer
very nice...I love the feeling that you have captured...as well as your wonderful style :D
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:iconcessendra:
cessendra Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005
Wow, beautiful :aww: I love both Egypt and cats, so this is definitely a favourite for me ^^
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:icongensanity:
gensanity Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
gorgeous work is right here
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:iconrabbie:
Rabbie Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, you've really managed to capture the beauty of the feline form, in this and all of your works. The lihting is superb as well on this.
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:iconuncollected:
UnCollected Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2005  Student
Wow, I cant type what I feel about this. 0-o Its just so, beautiful. ;_;
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:iconsabretooth-fox:
Sabretooth-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
awsome
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:iconefiwild:
EfiWild Featured By Owner May 4, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Iīm sure you have a beautiful spirit, if not, I canīt explain how can you create these wonderful things...
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner May 4, 2005  Professional General Artist
*hugs* Those ar among the kindest of works I have ever had the pleasure of being bestowed upon me. Thank you!!!!
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:iconrealwolfshade:
realWolfshade Featured By Owner May 4, 2005
What a cool picture! Wonderful and so realistic!!! I love it! watch!
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ChayaA Featured By Owner May 3, 2005
I ended up having to take several breaks from the piece just to get my mind refocused seeing as it turned out to be a rather huge project. I guessed it would be but not to this extent . I don't, however, regret taking on this project as I learned quite a bit along the way, which really in the end is far more valuable than any amount of money.

That's the story of my life right there! This is such a beautiful piece! The atmosphere really feels like a sandy desert! The composition is absolutely flawless! You're amazing! Again, I'm sorry it took me so long to comment!
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:iconkoudoawaiavortex:
KoudoawaiaVortex Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
Geez Balaa, you really know how to capture the majesty of big cats
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:iconpuddytat:
puddytat Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2005
Wow, I am in awe!
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:icontwinsnake:
TwinSnake Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2005
Mystic and beautiful! Love it
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:iconnikori:
Nikori Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2005
oh wow, balaa. Your recent works have be oh so gorgeous! The soft lighting, the beautiful texturing, and the natural feel to the characters are amazing! You've outdone yourself, girl! You can be proud of these =)
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:iconsimbagirl:
SimbaGirl Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A master's piece! :)
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:iconteltoli:
teltoli Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2005
Wonderful! Love it much!!
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:iconbethanythecat:
BethanyTHECAT Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2005
WOW.

I LOVE cats and I LOVE ancient Egypt, so this is a definite :+fav: from me!

It is so beautifully done! WONDERFUL JOB!
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CharmedAlchemy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2005
Excellant work!!! Very beautiful ^.^ Will keep checking back in to look for more.
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chonni Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
0_0 I am soooooo loving this right now. Im in art class doing reasearch, and even the teacher said she prolly couldn't draw that good.

One day when I have money im gonna commish u for something .

*sigh*

:P
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:iconkchilt:
kchilt Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005  Professional General Artist
Great work, I love the whole color scheme. Its very soft and warm, the lighting is conveyed beautifully on the pillars. You did a great job with all the details and textures, not only on the architecture but the fur as well.
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:iconponytail:
Ponytail Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my god :jawdrop: this goes immediately into my faves, you did an awesome job!:+favlove:
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:icontashababy:
Tashababy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005
Wow....this is magnificent....I absolutely love the lion's paws, they are just so powerful and perfect looking. mmm...yes....i like this one a lot!
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:iconcunjo:
Cunjo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2005
Truly enthralling work Balaa!
not only is the quality and compisition of the piece superb, but your prowess with the title and framing is truly awesome =) The hieroglyphics in the title are a great aesthetic touch, though it's been a very long time since I tried to read any, so I wouldn't know what they say (if anything).
With my screen resolution, I really need to keep going back in and out of full view to appreciate the full effect of the composition and placement. You've an amazing eye for balance; as a photographer, that's something I'm envious of ;)
I really love the aura the lighting gives it; one both true-to-life, and magically surreal. I think the impression of the background and lighting gives Woorg's eyes some extra character as well.

As for the uniformity of the columns, if you're not either looking for it, or staring at it for long hours which I, myself could most likely manage without any bidding ^^; ), then it's hardy noticable, and doesn't really detract from the piece. If it weren't for a few distinctive erosional similarities, it would be hard to notice even then.

Keep up the wonderful work Balaa; you never cease to amaze me with your improvements! ^_^
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CheetahTigerWolfCTW Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2005   Digital Artist
this is awsome!

I would lvoe to see a cheetah painting :)

keep the wunderful work up!
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:icondark-phoenix-452:
Dark-Phoenix-452 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thats so totally awesome!
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:iconroyjesseandme:
RoyJesseandMe Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2005
This is amazing!
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:iconmylyfunskripted:
mylyfunskripted Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2005
That is SO gorgeous.. Would you ever consider setting it so we can buy prints?
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2005  Professional General Artist
I have often thought about selling prints f my work, but I would much rather have them done by someone of my choosing instead of going through deviant. That way I can assure better and more accurate results of my actual piece :). Thank you for giving me something to think on, I may just start selling prints...and hopefull at better rates than deviant ;).
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:iconmylyfunskripted:
mylyfunskripted Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005
haha actually, it may be a bad idea for you to sell your art. Ill go broke... :no:
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:iconysyra:
ysyra Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't like it.....

I ADORE IT!!! I :worship: YOU!!!
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:iconmushucow:
mushucow Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005
This is really awesome. I like the look you achieved with the digital media. Nice work on the setting too.
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:iconendelva:
Endelva Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005  Professional Photographer
This is amazing! Lovely! I love felines...
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:icongoshawk:
Goshawk Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could draw big cats.... I always mess up on the facial structure!
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shadowfax88 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005   Traditional Artist
wauw, its just great!!! :clap:!!!!
& :+fav: ofcourse!!!!!!!!!!

keep on making these great artworks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~shadowfax88
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TyParsec Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005
Another lovely piece of realistic artwork. Girl, you are so good at them it's scary. LOL. :D I think this one is my favorite. You can certainly tell all the hard work, effort, and time that was put into this beautiful piece. It comes through. And the architecture is just amazing. You captured a realistically ancient feel to the columns and the carvings on them are even cracked a little at the edges and worn, which is a wonderful touch. Down to the last detail, this picture looks amazing.

The least I can do is award you with a :+fav: for your efforts. :D Keep up the lovely work, Balaa! You're amazingly talented at what you do.
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katarthis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
Very pretty, highly detailed, interesting work on characters and scene. Lighting is wonderful for the most part. I'm glad you enjoyed the time you obviously spent on this piece.

k
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lp-unicorn Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005
that is so amazing! How much do ur commissions cost? ^^
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005  Professional General Artist
Well it all depends on what you are looking for. Usually I try to remain fair and flexible about the price since the money is not the most important factor in the creation of art. If you are interested in a commission, feel free to pm me and we can work something out in private :).
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willowdiamond Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:omg:
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sword-tales Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
Absolutely stunning.. The realistic feel to this picture is spectacular. The engravings of the Egyptian hieroglyphics are really great.. it's very 3D. The lighting is marvellous as well. The background is really nice... especially the cracks on the floor.. it adds variety to an otherwise boring and smooth floor.
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:iconscrii:
scrii Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005  Student
nicshe
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Aurora-Storm Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
I adore egypt AND wild cats. :heart:
The fur, on the mane of the lion especially, looks so.. tangible! Completely realistic and saturated in beauty. :)
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:iconfaizah:
Faizah Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
Wow, put the layers together eh? :D Looks very gorgeous together!
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:iconchillcats:
chillcats Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005  Professional General Artist
My gosh, that is absolutely stunning. The lighting, the composition, the detail.. just amazing.

Everytime I look at your work I just get so inspired. Though I know I could never pull off something that spectacular ;D But you have made me want digitally paint some big cats!

Anyway, I can't think of a decent word describe how beautiful it is. So I'm just gunna fave it :3
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stuffed Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005   Digital Artist
*inhaleexhale* Daaamn... why couldn't the columns in my picture look as awesome as that? How did you do the carvings? *drools all over the picture*
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NatAsplund Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
OH!!! this si beautiful!! the Egyptian background is stupedous!! XD
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steve20 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005   Digital Artist
Now you can put your brain on the shelf and have a rest. friggen amazing
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005  Professional General Artist
*puts remnants of brain on shelf..turns back and points finger* STAY!!!
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