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Been looking at some really nice wildlife paintings lately and also browsing the galleries of my DA idols who really inspired me when I was younger, and still do! I really felt like starting a big painting again, last time I did something like this traditionally must have been years ago. But I'm surprised how quick I got it done, years ago I would have spent weeks on it but got it done in a few days now.
Guess cos I've improved with stuff in general so I could apply what I'd do digitally to traditional stuff.

But yeah I almost forgot how relaxing painting with real media is, was almost like therapy to get my thoughts off some other things haha.
I tried to make it as realistic as possible, but apparently to get even finer details in I'd need a bigger canvas as well. Was using my smallest brushes but even with them I didn't manage to put the details in as small size as I wanted them to be. Oh well still enjoyed making this.

The background is inspired by some savannah photos I saw and the leopard is based on a photo I took at a zoo last year. Quite happy with this one, even though like I said would like it to be even more detailed but was lacking bigger canvases. something for the future then maybe :D

Size A3 paper (11x16"), painted with acrylics. Some touch ups with a white coloured pencil.
The painting was too big for my scanner so I had to take a photo. That's why it might appear a bit blurry in some places, hope not too bad.

Like I mentioned, this painting was inspired by some of my favourite artists and inspirations who years ago gave me the first big spark to start painting and trying to improve even more and whose work was among the first galleries I discovered on DA, namely `balaa, *Goldenwolf and lately Guy Coheleach as well - [link]
Beautiful work they all have :heart:

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:iconkhyrkat:
khyrkat Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
Very beautiful painting :clap:
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WonderTaime Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Squee Bounce Anna squee Panda Emoji-23 (Cry) [V2] Derpy Clapping Pony Icon gliitchheart 
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MiniSteveK Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
This is absolutely beautiful and I love the incredible detail and colours. 
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Dragunnity Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MAH GAAAAAAAAAAAHD! O_O
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TheElegirl Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Beatiful. I kind of feel like this is the place that Nala and Simba went after he pushed her into that pond :)
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lumberjacck Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Wow! The light effects are stunning indeed. Masterfully done! Love 
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Amazing!
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NestledInBrambles Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks beautiful...
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:iconlunebrune:
LuneBrune Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
O.O
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:iconninben-man:
Ninben-man Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Awesome!
Is this a jaguar?!

It's awesome! o/
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Asuumi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. I especially like the fur inside of the ear. And of course, the lighting.
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JokerrLaughs Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
maaan this is amazing. i was i could do this, but im not much of a painter.
how long this it take do do this?
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Shadow-Wolf32 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
This was PAINT? Wow. You're absolutely amazing at art!!
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:iconkeiko12:
Keiko12 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Beautiful and breathtaking!!
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:iconjonrea:
jonrea Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Stunning
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Konveekou Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
When I saw this, I thought it was a photograph or something Oo. I totally understand what you mean with those lines: "Been looking at some really nice wildlife paintings lately and also browsing the galleries of my DA idols who really inspired me when I was younger, and still do! I really felt like starting a big painting again, last time I did something like this traditionally must have been years ago". Indeed, when I look into the gallery of my DA Idols it makes me get those feelings I had when I was younger: excitement, happines, need to draw something really "big" and more I can't describe, yup. I don't know why but it makes me feel like 13 years old again c': --sorry, I got carried away X').

This is such a beautiful painting~ Looks like this took around weeks to be done, really. The detail is simply outstanding and I love the expression of this feline :heart: (is it a jaguar? I got lost in the description, I can't find it X'3). I also love the way you used the colours~ The shading is great <33 asdfghj I just love it, 'kay? ;A;
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah I remember that feeling so well too! :D exactly the same nostalgic thing, like omg I need to try drawing something really big now sooo inspired! XD it's a good thing anyway, better feel that way than for example "awh could never do it". And cool that you know the feeling the same way! 8D

but thank you so much for the nice comment! :hug: hmm yeah it's a leopard or a jaguar, I think either would be fine now that I look at it, the spots are about the same. :)
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GilPires Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Thumbs UP!
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Kaguetora Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy pretzel O.O That is absolutely beutiful! Amazing work!
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LifeIsZealous Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've featured this fantastic piece here [link] =):heart:
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:iconkodaic:
Kodaic Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Fantastic work. This is wonderful. :)
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AusieOtterPie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh this is amazing!!! I LOVE it!! Great job!! I'm speechless!
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Skaylyt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Wonderful *^*
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TaraTort Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
WOOOOOOW!!!! now this is so awesome!!!!! and his eyes is just so...clear! :#1:
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CamishCD Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Fantastic! : D
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Xiefzey Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I had to zoom in to actually believe it's acrylics. Wonderful job!
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overmood Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing colors and lighting!
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:iconneqqu:
Neqqu Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist
Aaaah, sokeria silmille kun kattoo tätä :D
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theanimationnerd Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
wow this is amazing i find animals impossible to draw
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very good work! Beautiful details!
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Linnunlento Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I`m impressed how magnificently you can paint!
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CanadianEva Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
gorgeous <3
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MarcellenNeppel Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
WOW, great painting!
Well done ^^
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EnergyXDragon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
oi kuinka kaunis ja taitavasti piirretty! Oot luonnonlahjakkuus : )
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:iconlei-san:
lei-san Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
savannin lämpö oikeen huokuu tästä, aivan ihana :heart:
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Foxenn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its beautiful, i favorited. :heart:
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:iconterwyn:
Terwyn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! :clap:
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Nojjesz Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's amazing!!!
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PreciousAngelWings Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
wow that's beautiful! I looove the contrast and the lighting is just wonderful! I love the little details as well. great job :heart:
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FraserDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Great. I seriously thought this was a photograph! Very realistic!
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:iconnina-cole:
nina-cole Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student
Stunning <3
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VikseIVR Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably a little to fluffy and sturdy to be a leopard, but oooh my! This is amazing! I love, love, love it!! (:
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yingyang110117 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Fantastic work and details.
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elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful x3
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flameheart10 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
This is amazing! :heart:
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colgatetotal97 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is beautiful! i love the light.
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Stunning!
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TamiTw Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O.M.G. literally. Absolutely spot on remarkably beautiful.
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carrot-cat17 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
why, it's so stunning! i dunno why, but i LOVE the shape of the cat's head. it's pretty. XD
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Larien-Ancalime Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Amazing!
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