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Obsidian Snow by balaa Obsidian Snow by balaa
Introducing Zhed, a black snow leopard. His name roughly translates to 'fear' in tibetan and the reason behind the name is simple: 'That which is rare or misunderstood is often feared'. The reason I chose to go with a black snow leopard is because I figured, even in the wild genetic melatonin flaws occur, producing animals with pelt colors uncharacteristic of their species. Well I've read a little about tigers born with reversed stripes, and obviously there are leopards born with 'black' pelt..so it wouldn't be so far fetched to see a black snow leopard. I will leave the interpretation of the title and his name to each person who chooses to view this picture.

The painting actually took me quite a while to finally call finished and I struggled a bit with the background and the figure himself. All in all I feel proud of this piece and happy with how he turned out and I hope you folks enjoy it as well. I will check 'mature' content only to be safe but I do not at all consider this work mature or adult content. Nudity is beautiful and natural in the human form and if an anthro snowy ever existed, I somehow doubt he would find use for a loin cloth what with all the fur he would have to keep him warm ;).

Now for those that 'hate'/'dislike'/'insert synonym here' anthro work, I believe anthromorphic art can be beautiful. To me an anthromorphized animal represents a closer link of humanity to the natural world, it is our inner wish to be primal and wild and live within the natural world instead of outside of it. With my anthros I strive to make them look natural, a part of and not apart from their world. It is fantasy art just as are dragons and elves and anything else. I have seen a lot of anthro art flamed in various communities so I feel it necessary to stick a disclaimer here. You don't have to like it, I'm not asking anyone too..I am merely sharing my vision with the world.

Now that I have yammered with excessive verbage, time for the technical specs of this piece.

Size: 38 x24 inches at 250 dpi. The psd ended up being well over 500mb in size.
Time taken: ehm I really havent a clue, in excess of 30 hours..at the very least.
Prints: yes (pm me if interested in 8x10 at 10$ plus shipping). Larger limited edition prints available at conventions.
Watermark: sorry folks, I really don't want someone making money off my time and effort...though I hate watermarking my work. Prints will come minus the watermark.
Tools: original sketch pencil([link]), final ps

**Please respect the work and time put into the work and full view**


EDIT- taking the mature warning off for now..I am not certain that it really requires the mature content disclaimer..but if it does, I would be happy to return it :).
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Obsidian Snow by *balaa What really mesmerizes me most about Balaa's work is the fine attention to detail and the great variation and depth to the texture created. Very nicely done! ( Suggested by Avalik and Featured by Katmomma )
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TallGabriel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Too gorgeous for words. And great background!
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome!
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ljsraksha Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I think anthro art is beautiful, especially yours! Wonderful work, I love the pose and I also have a black/melanistic snow leopard char named Tandu.
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littlewolfyone Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely amazing ^_^
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OniVrask Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Heck of a body this cat's got, very beautiful piece, lovely tints and shades and faint colours all work very well.
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Barricade1991 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wirklich sehr sehr s
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
That face...it's so...tangible
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Very beautiful piece, it looks very awesome!! 8-) :heart:
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FoxStar11 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
This is beautiful!
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xMJJMoonwalker Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
All I have to say is that both the picture and the description are beautiful. You are a wonderful artist, keep up the good work!
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