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Precipice of Light by Shadow-Wolf Precipice of Light by Shadow-Wolf
In the forest, the thick canopy blocks out any beams of light, making the forest floor a very dark and dimly lit place to be. What a sight it must be to emerge onto this edge and into the light! A commission for Spotticus, which was an immense pleasure to paint. It took a lot longer than other full illustrations because of how precise I wanted the foliage to be. It got a little complex, treating each plant part as an individual object to be considered and lit and rendered.

43 hours in Photoshop with an Intuos 3 tablet
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thematrix123 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
That is an Amazing piece of art! Bravo!
Kaishanborn Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
On a scale of 1-10, how difficult was it to make this?
Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It was pretty difficult at the time!  But I think it was more about how long it took than th effort/difficulty of puzzling it out and getting things to look right.  So in effort, probably 10.  Difficulty, maybe 4? 
Splash-Bass Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
fancidots Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
crazy in love with this!  do you have any of Bengal cats or Asian Leopard cats?  This one looks to be a Serval.  
Whoa awesome!
whistlebird Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
You way of using color and light is awe-inspiring.  And I absolutely love all your anthros.  So beautiful!
Crystal-the-Vixen Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
details are wonderful.
DonKarnage1 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
This is great work. I love what you do. :)

Continue to amaze use with your creation.
sabarika Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Nym, I don't normally comment on your pieces because I believe they speak for themselves so well. I know this is a bit old but I so infrequently spend the time just browsing my favorite artists' entire galleries and had to stop at this one.
I wanted to mention how much I've loved watching your art evolve as well as how complex you've driven your works to be. Not simply because of the backgrounds or compositions, but how you push yourself for the most interesting and unique perspectives and angles to best display the character and portray the mood of the piece! I keep coming back to this for many reasons, some of which I thought I'd share. First I am drawn to how well you cast the shadows on everything, and especially the use of shadows on the character. The hand holding the leaf up catches my interest because it is not in an expected position as far as I imagine most artists would place it, but it is so naturally placed--lifting the leaf by the back of the hand as someone would in real life, something I find overlooked in the details of people's art with their attempts to achieve the most interesting yet not always accurate poses. Using the back of the hand and the shadow placement so accurately--finger tips and leading edges in light, while the shadows do not drown out the detail as some often assume it would--you clearly know the depths and opacities of the shadows you paint, foliage often NOT creating a deep shadow due to being somewhat translucent. The green tint just adds to this, so accurate. Same goes for your use of shading the eyes and the shadows immersing the character, understanding the levels of light each leaf would place on it and not making it too dark since the ambience is during daylight and in bright sun versus muted tones. The perspective of the character lifting themselves up is great, I can almost see the perspective lines one would use to achieve the distancing effects. A personal suggestion would be perhaps a slight darkening of shadows from the figure waist down as it appears deeper in the brush, but I do notice it's almost not super dark in there too so super opaque shadows would probably look weird, you know best! That's just me. :D The play of reflected light IN the shadows on the figure's torso look great, as with the arms (especially the raised arm) and I just..I don't know. I love it. I am so impressed by how much effort you put into each piece and how you are so able to contain the emotion within the limitations of realism you invest (well they don't limit you, clearly!). I could only hope to achieve that some day! Lots of effort, lots of time I know! I just wanted to point it out since I love seeing all your work and I don't much comment on it, but I really appreciate the amount of knowledge you clearly have and utilize on spacial awareness, anatomy, lighting (and not just basic shadows and highlights but reflected light, tints, placement, opacity etc), structure and environment. I can very much see your art being cover art for books or movies simply because of your attention to details (the skin of the extended claws on the toes!). Sorry to ramble, it just pleases me so much to see an artist who doesn't shortchange themselves to do commissions (well, maybe just a bit, your art can be worth so much) and who puts so much effort into anything--be it commissioned, freelance hiring, or personal. I love it!!
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