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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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:iconskkon:
Skkon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
That's not a scary panther at all... O.o.... Lol, this is amazing. Love those eyes!
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:iconnepal-twilight:
Nepal-Twilight Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
really love the eyes
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:iconwolfyone:
Wolfyone Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing powerful work.
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:iconkittythesnowleopard:
KittyTheSnowLeopard Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Is this traditional??
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:iconshevywolf:
ShevyWolf Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
о боги.. шикарно О_о вот это характер! я влюбилась....
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:iconsilversoul1496:
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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:iconshizuku-uzu:
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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:iconbetweenasleepandwake:
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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:iconlory369:
lory369 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
I do not know what to say only: WOW
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:iconbetweenasleepandwake:
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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:iconkaana-chan:
Kaana-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is positively amazing.


If I had money, I would buy it.
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:iconmiss-chaotique:
miss-chaotique Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Wow! Very awesome! Beautiful details! I like the spots and all the studying you did on it is awesome! Very nice piece!
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Gaaruto94 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Panthers = :hug:


I love all types of cats! Especially the big ones :D My favorite? Hmmm, not quite sure, but I think it'd be the snow leopard...
such an awesome creature! :heart:
And by the way, congratulations! This is truly a gorgeous piece of art, really intense emotions and all...

:+fav:
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:iconschazmen:
Schazmen Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
This is so AWESOME! I can´t think of anything else to say.
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:iconfelidaesempire:
FelidaesEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
WOWWOWWOW this is sooo amzing!!! I :heart:LOVE:heart: it!!! :worship:
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:iconyaramorgada:
yaramorgada Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Student
OMG OMG OMG soooooooo perfect *_*
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:iconmarina731:
MaRina731 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow - the eye is amazing :)
Wonderful - a lot of mighty power comes with this work! :thumbsup:

:+fav:'d
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:iconsexytortuga:
sexytortuga Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
the eye is beautiful.
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:iconninetails11602:
ninetails11602 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
this.is.AWESOME!!
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:iconkika1983:
kika1983 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008   General Artist
looks like i'm gonna fav the big part of your gallery! so watching you for sure!
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:iconalextenshi:
AlexTenshi Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007  Student
this one is probably my favorite x_x takes my breath away!
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:iconmissegypt:
MissEgypt Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
I just fell in love.
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:iconskyechild:
Skyechild Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007   Digital Artist
If I had Money...I would buy this print...
:clap: (Claps a dozen times...pauses to see crowed staring...I slowly smile and blush back as I take my seat...) ^^;

Nice art!
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:iconglatisaunt:
glatisaunt Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice drawn...
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:iconfates-broken-wings:
Fates-Broken-Wings Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
I think the title suits this picture perfectly. The eye is gorgeous. :wow: The whole idea of this picture is just so great. :)

-Cheona
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:iconlyfeisgood:
lyfeisgood Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
Creepy awesome. I love it!
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:icon09393:
09393 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
OKAY YOU SAY THERE ARE MISTAKES WELL TO MY UNEDUCATED EYE IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND THE TITLE IS PERFECT AGAIN I SAY THANK YOU.
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WikkedIlluzionz Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
:wow: WOW!!!! his eye kept my attention for quite a few minutes ~ could've swore he blinked! :omfg: beautiful work on this kitty

AMAZING gallery you have! :)
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AGhostsShadow Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
wow
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:iconlycaniclordess:
Lycaniclordess Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007
HOLY SHNITZELBURGER!

It... it... it looks... real...

I am SO favoriting this!
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:iconraifie:
Raifie Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
this is awesome balaa.
i really like its eye.
:)
laterz

P.S. Sorry it took me so long to comment ^^;
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:iconcheshire94:
Cheshire94 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007
:clap: all your pictures are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooo (forever) good!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconjoshuadunlop:
JoshuaDunlop Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Dark but cool, theres a real aura about this one...
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:iconblack--moth:
Black--Moth Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Isn't it only black jaguars that have spots? Anyway I really like the color scheme and general feel of this pic.
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
no actually all black felines, be it leopards or jaguars are actually spotted, though many photos fail to illuminate that :)..and from what I've seen they aren't true black..more like a deeeeeeeep brown with the usual rosette spots.
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blackcattlc Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
*WIde eyed as jaw hits floor* That is truely amazing. I love panthers and leopards sooo this is just so beautiful.
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:iconwolfnighteyes:
wolfnighteyes Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006
*hides* this is a really scary picture!! but also really beautiful:D it took my breath away:D! *favs it*
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:iconmonicachaloupka:
monicachaloupka Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2006
its kinda scary but i love it
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:iconweapon--of-choice:
weapon--of-choice Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006   Photographer
That's very, very cool.
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:iconvaia:
vaia Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Breathtaking.
His eyes see right through you!
Just wonderful!
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:iconancient-hoofbeats:
Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Student General Artist
LUV IT and THE TITLE!!!
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:iconlongwing:
longwing Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
Incredible. Love the subtle frame, powerful but calm expression and the fur is brilliant. Utter skill! I know I'd buy this if I had a credit card.
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:icondawnfrost:
DawnFrost Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2006
Its mysterous, dark, .... i like it :) no, i love it this is a favs for sure :D can't wait to see more
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:iconnamerak:
Namerak Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006
woa.... that is cool, and kind of creepy.
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ControSoG Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
its AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! course as all ur artwork is.......that probably what ill say in ur galery cuz....im speechless i dont know what to say.....really u got a incredible galllery
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:icon1ex:
1ex Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006   Writer
it has those eyes that stare right through you, how you did it...I don't know; but I do know that this peice is amazing
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sinnaminsun Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
I love this! I've always been drawn to black panthers, and in the sunlight your can sometimes see their spots...some people aren't aware that a black panther does in fact have spots. I found your artistry amazing, and you were able to bring out such depth in the dark pallet. Awesome!!!
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:iconleaf-lover:
leaf-lover Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2006
I think that is simply divine, a gorgeous picture.
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:iconjennycah:
Jennycah Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
That is awesome I love the detail in this picture. I love how you colored and shaded the fur and the eyes just draw you more into the picture. Beautiful art work they are such beautiful animals!!! :worship:
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:iconlavelloslegend:
LavellosLegend Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
That is awesome!
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