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Gateway into the Soul by balaa Gateway into the Soul by balaa
Ok forgive the humm, dull title. Usually when I finish a piece, the name just jumps out at me within a matter of seconds and always seems to click.

Anyway I know there are a few mistakes in this picture but I doscourage critique for two reasons. 1 already know where the mistakes are and the reason im uploading is because otherwise they will drive me insane to the point of doing something about it and I just want to consider it finished and two it was a result of a two hour free draw that I didnt expect to go ANYWHERE, so the fact that it came even this far stunned even me(especially in the short amount of time)

Alrighty now for the formal description. After my last project involving a panther I had dozens of pictures of black panthers sitting on my comp that I studied to get the anatomy and fur of the panther for the commission right. So I was rather bored and looking at them again and something random struck me. I was suddenly amazed by just how light can play off of a black panther's coat and based on the surrounding light make them appear less than black. A few photos I had really showed off the spots of a black panther when lighting hits them and what for whatever reason I found even more amazing was the almost greenish hue their coats and still carry a silverish sheen on top of that hue! The spots show through very well too! So I decided to experiment for myself with the idea. I rather like how it turned out too!

Edit: Yes I did use a reference for the initial concept, specifically for the intense expression :).

Prints: Yes, 8x10 10$US, plus shipping. Print will not be watermarked.

Sorry folks, I never wanted to watermark my work, but my hand was twisted. This is my income and when people steal my work, they steal food from my mouth.
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SketchiDragon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's not a scary panther at all... O.o.... Lol, this is amazing. Love those eyes!
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Nepal-Twilight Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
really love the eyes
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing powerful work.
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KittyTheSnowLeopard Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Is this traditional??
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ShevyWolf Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
о боги.. шикарно О_о вот это характер! я влюбилась....
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SilverSoul1496 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's funny how you say there are mistakes but I've tried so hard to find one and I just can't! You are truly gifted in a way most others could never be. I admire all your work <3
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Shizuku-Uzu Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
loooove the composition! very cool! its got lots of feeling in it! good job!
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BetweenAsleepAndWake Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:butterfly: Hello Balaa,:) your beautiful panther is featured right here: [link] :butterfly:
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lory369 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
I do not know what to say only: WOW
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BetweenAsleepAndWake Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love this one! (Well, this is not a very constructive comment, but what else is there to say really?) ;)
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