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Golden Eyes by zilla774 Golden Eyes by zilla774
this is a small part of a much larger piece I am currently working on, but I just loved the framing of this (and its pretty much the only bit of the piece thats 100% finished right now) so I guess its a w.i.p really.

Having gained confidence in my abilities in digital painting, and having explored a fair few mediums that inspire me, I thought i'd try something a little more traditional. As always with new work its an excuse to try new techniques and I've long been in love with the feel of some peoples painted art achieved with custom digital brushes. So having made a few trial runs and then picked a subject, in this case a photograph of my youngest persian when she was still an 'ickle kitten, I ploughed into it. Most of the technique I used on this was a slight modification of the style I use to create my clouds. Basically, slap on the main colour, then roughly layer in highs and lows and use the smudge tool in a kind of zig-zag motion to pull out the fur. Then using the brush and the dodge/burn tool add fine detail and then back-smudge the hairs to blend into the main colour. Works ok I guess.

All will become clear on the full submission though, hopefully.

Thanks to ~w00zle for pointing out that this 'looks like the sort of thing that would appear on a chocolae box'....

/confidence crushed

;)
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:iconalexandrephilippe:
alexandrephilippe Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
lovely...
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:iconsngl:
sngl Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
cute:)
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:iconalma-lunar:
alma-lunar Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2006
itīs so cute! lovely

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:iconmerdahn:
Merdahn Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005  Professional Photographer
her eyes, so magical...
her fur... damn, this looks ready to touched and hugged!

Love it!
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:iconfire-and-blood:
fire-and-blood Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
the color is amazing!
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:iconbren:
bren Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005
those eyes are so beautiful. I love the vivid orange against the light colored fur.

Beautiful kitty :aww:

I have a question though. Something I've always wondered about when people paint in such large scale.
You mentioned using a photo of your cat for a reference. HOW do you paint something such big in size? I mean...when I use a reference I need the photo and my blank image I'll be painting on side by side. But obviously this is impossible with such large sizes. How do you do it? I need to see my entire image in front of me, so my paintings are never large enough. :(
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:iconzilla774:
zilla774 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
difficult to explain fully, sometimes its a simple case of flicking between the two, or having a layer in the original to refer to.
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:iconchazter:
chazter Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2005
I love the fiery eyes fantastic
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:iconatlantisvampir:
Atlantisvampir Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2005
wonderful cat! i love his/her eyes!
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:iconferretallica:
ferretallica Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2005
Brilliant... I can't wait to see the big picture when you finish the whole project :D
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:iconautumn-wind:
autumn-wind Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2005
pretty eyes! :D
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:iconaarora:
aarora Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
Another nice pic:D
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shadow-cave Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
Love the eyes, though you can sort of tell that it's a wip in the fur. looks good though ^_^
I've been considering trying that type of digital painting... will probably have to wait until school starts though XP
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:iconpr0jectz:
pr0jectz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005  Professional General Artist
very cute
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:icongensanity:
gensanity Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
:o
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:iconcrump3t:
crump3t Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
works very well man

fur looks great, specially around the whisker area

also, good work on the eyes :]
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:iconayrian:
ayrian Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005   Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous!!
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:iconbeetleborg:
Beetleborg Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005   Traditional Artist
pretty cat
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:iconlusine:
lusine Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
nice detail on the fur! and those eyes..
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:iconmercury-yume:
mercury-yume Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
absolutely beautiful, can't wait to see the full version.
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:icontankus:
tankus Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Those eyes and style is GOLD MAN!!! Great stuff, can't wait what's coming!! :D

*yet, tankus awaits* :)
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:iconns-dante:
ns-dante Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Nice work, pretty cool looking. GJ.
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:iconyet-define:
yet-define Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005   Photographer
very cute.. love the colour of the eyes ..contrast to the fur ..
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amazinggrace Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
I don't know where wOOzle shops for his chocolate, but if it comes with this caliber of artwork on it, then he pays a pretty penny!! This is...damn...words fail me :( Once again, I ask, is there no limit to your artistic range??? Seems everything you put yout hand to turns golden. I'm delightfully impressed, and await the unveiling of the complete piece :worship: wOOzle, go to your room for a time out <--*stern teacher voice*--AG
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:iconw00zle:
w00zle Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
<13 year old>
That is so unfair!
*w00zle stamps up the stairs and slams his bedroom door*
</13 year old>
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amazinggrace Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
OMG!! :rofl: That was the perfect response. I remember when my son was about 12-13 *full body shiver*
Me: If you don't clean your room, you're not going with your friends to *fill in a destination desirable to a young boy*
Jus: But MoooOOoOoOooOoOOommmm they're gonna be here in 5 minutes.
Me; That sounds like a personal problem. You've known since last night that you couldn't leave the house until your room is cleaned.
Jus: *stamping down the hall* I hate you!!!! *sound of bedroom door slamming hard enough to shake the foundation of the house*
Me: (in smart-ass mode) Hey Jus, are you sure that's shut? *sound of frustrated growl from within the door*
This actually happened at my parents' (his grandparents') house!!

Thank you for a great memory *hugs you close while you squirm and say, "Aw Mom, knock it off!!" :D :D :D
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:iconw00zle:
w00zle Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2005
I think we've all been there one way or another. :-)
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:iconali-cia:
Ali-Cia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Sooo cute ^.^ my little sister would die to have this one.
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:iconslychance:
slychance Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
That's it! I'm stealin' her! :)
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:iconzilla774:
zilla774 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
noooooo! bring me back my kitty!
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:iconnetah:
Netah Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
A chocolate box? Forgive me, but no. I wouldn't buy chocolates from a cat, no matter how elegant the cat was. I'm not sharing my chocolate with the mouser.

It is a very good piece. I had to look at it hard twice at the first view to really see that it was *not* a photo. By going to full view, I could see it was art in progress, but oh it is very good. It really amazes me when I see talent like this. Even as a WIP, the details are everywhere. I really admire you for having the patience to make it look so real, every whisker in place.
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:iconnovembrscorpio:
NovembrScorpio Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
It's absolutely gorgeous!!! I can't stop staring at it!!
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SomeBoredGuy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
wow....thats great...
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:iconacara-11:
Acara-11 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
oh my my my!!!! thats so adorable:D i LOVE kittens, and cats! awwwwww love love love, good work;)
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:iconvissroid:
vissroid Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
very ncie!

from what I see here Im def' wanting to see how this turns out becuase daaaamn
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GoldenOuroboros Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Great Zilla, the detail in the eyes is excellent :)
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:iconenialadam:
enialadam Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
I thought this was a photograph in the thumbnail. Great work!! Cute :aww:
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:iconw00zle:
w00zle Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Well, only the type of box used for extremely high-class, incredibly expensive, liquor filled, gold dusted, wrapped in faery-wings and presented on a woven pure silk cushion stuffed with unicorn hair sort of chocolates.

...it's not helping is it?
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:iconzilla774:
zilla774 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
no.

:P
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:iconw00zle:
w00zle Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
It's very good. ;P
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:iconvirtical:
Virtical Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
anwesome dude, i liike it :D
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lazyleo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
NICE!
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