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'The Leopard Sun'  Shattered Moon by balaa 'The Leopard Sun'  Shattered Moon by balaa
Hello everyone! With the launch of the Patreon for The Leopard Sun  Bagheera and I have begun unveiling some concept artworks for the story!

As a quick aside, good golly you all! We have been flabbergasted by the response to the Patreon so far. Not in our wildest dreams did we imagine we would have so many folks pledging (If anything I wondered why anyone should care at all)! We certainly did not expect to absolutely shatter our first goal milestone. To all those that pledged to join us for the adventure, we hope you will find the journey worthwhile and most of all, we thank you from the deepest parts of our hearts for believing in our dream! As 2016 wraps up, I find myself unabashedly screaming THANK YOU at the top of my lungs!!!!!!!!!


Today we would like to share with you a very special piece called Shattered Moon. This is an early speedpaint concept; we plan to revisit the idea and tighten the elements we like from this rough proof of concept.

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Of the scimitar moon that gave the rain
Forgotten in the burning heart of her sun
that scorched the earth with arrogant golden waves,
that fell the trees and burnt the grass.

Tears of argent she then wept,
Tears of hope she bequeathed
upon the world that bore her heart
that bore her love.

But the one great sol then took her tears
and cast them asunder to the sea
and to the wind.
And the earth still wept
in flame and shadow it did lament.

And it was then the moon came
with all the courage in her heart
came before her golden sun,
her glory and her ruin

And before him she laid her slender form
Before him she came and stole his flame
that blackened her silvered pelt
that took her love
but broke it not.

Gossamer silver she wept her tears,
So that they fell,
Fell into the Twilight
Fell into the shadow
and shaped the night
So that the sorrows may then rest

And in great shame her sun then sank
with sanguine tears he fell
Fell behind the world
where in darkness he recalled his moon
his mother and his heart.

And unto the twilight and the shadow
he bore his oath that in memory he then recalled.

Mother moon forsake me not
I am your son
Sun of the moon
Great Scimitar moon forsake me not.

In the gloaming they then met
She gleamed in raiment of resplendent light
And bent to kiss him on his head,
A starlit kiss, woven with slumber
And a dream.
And he perceived the fury he had wrought
in wreaths of onyx she bore her spots.

With shame he bent his head
so half her heart was covered in light
Effulgent silver it became
waxing and waning
as he bowed before the night
before the moon
her silver light.


The poem above was written as an early concept for the mythology of the leopards, who revere the Moon as a maternal deity. It is told that male leopards must carry the Moon's sorrow, so the females may bear the Moon's hope.

Hawa, one of the story's central characters, bears many sorrows in his heart. So heavy is his burden, the Moon within him is shattered and broken. And so he treads into shadow, where the Moon cannot follow...



We will be releasing concept artworks on the second & fourth Monday of each month, Patrons who back the project will receive the following:

- Advanced preview of the artwork, 1 month ahead of the general public.!
- EXCLUSIVE access to high-resolution file of all artworks posted!
- EXCLUSIVE access to concept sketches, posted on the first & third Monday of each month!
- EXCLUSIVE access to work-in-progress of upcoming paintings!
- Special LIFETIME REWARDS that allows you to earn the finished book as well as a number of exclusive bonuses!

Please come check us out on Patreon! And stay tuned for more artworks next month!
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ZanieWolfie Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017  Student General Artist
This is incredible art, the detail is fantastic! I love the concept too, amazing job!
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Kelshray Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
wow cool concept *-*
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BatWolfGaming Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
thats awesome
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:iconrndave:
RNDave Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome as always :clap:
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WhiteGoldInk Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Wow this is absolutely incredible. In every way. Wow. 
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NickProkoArt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!
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KeekaTiger Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
Gah! I love this!!
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TamberElla Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
This project looks so fantastic, I can't wait!
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Gwasanee Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this looks really cool.
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fringeperson Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
That.... that's just... beautiful.  The poem, as well as the amazing artwork.  Wow.  Just.... wow.
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Sketchmatters Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
Would it be possible to get a physical copy without paying $200?
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balaa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oh absolutely! We decided to run our Patreon this way as an added way of thanking our Patrons for believing in us and helping us reach the finish line. The book will be available as a standalone softcover/hardcover when we are done and publish it!  Thank you for the inquiry!
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Sketchmatters Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
Okay, awesome! I don't really have the money for any of the rewards in time for the release (I'm guessing it's going to be sometime this year?), so that's really good to know. Will the art book also be available? I'm very interested in that too.
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Frostbite07 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very pretty :)
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much !!!
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DM7 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Wow what a powerful piece. I love the concept and how atmospheric it is! It may be merely a speedpainting, but it is complete. So beautiful and lovely!
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balaa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!!! I plan to revisit this particular concept. The symbolic elements were extremely potent in my mind but the execution was not exactly what I'd hoped. But it was nice to get out an early concept so the idea doesn't lose it's spark or is forgotten about!
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FlannMoriath Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016
Ohhhhhh!!! This is very exciting! I definitely want to back this, and I will go for the "Nomatemba" Package. Would you mind clarifying two things for me? :)

1) If I contribute at the $50 tier for 4 months, I am guaranteed to get the Nomatemba package, even if I stop contributing after the four months, correct?
2) Do you have a rough ETA on when the project might be completed (so I know when I'd need to start contributing)?

Thanks so much in advance! :la:
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balaa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Hi there! Thank you so much for sharing our excitement! I can't adequately put into words exactly what that means to me!

To answer your questions: 1) Yes! We (and the Patreon back end) keep track of the lifetime pledge amounts of all of our Patrons. Once you have reached the specified tier amount (in this case $200 for Nomatemba), you are guaranteed the listed perks!  2) We cannot project a definitive timeline for this project but we are currently estimating about a year for completion. The biggest reason we launched Patreon was to help offset some of our living expenses so we can free up more time to work on the novel and accompanying art.  

Thank you again for your interest and inquiry!
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FlannMoriath Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
Hello! Sorry for my long delay, haha! Thanks so much for answering my questions. I just started pledging at the $50 level. Super excited for the goodie pack, and even more excited for the completed project! I wish you all the best in your work on it, and am excited to share the journey with you! :D
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JamJams Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is just so stunningly beautiful.
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Kincee Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always loved your gorgeous artwork, I'm so glad you're back!
Keep up the beautiful work, darling~ Heart 
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balaa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Deviantart feels bigger and scarier every time I come back but it sure helps to have folks spell such an inviting welcome back! Thank you for being part of Deviantart and for the humbling kind words!
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Kincee Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so very welcome, hun!~
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Tikrekins Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Student General Artist
The colours are so fricking beautiful ;v;
I love the whole feeling in this one <3
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balaa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you so very much!
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Tvillinghale Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is stunning
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balaa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you <:!
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UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Student General Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!
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UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Student General Artist
No prob!
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