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Heritage by DawnstarW Heritage by DawnstarW
For: 'Magnum Opus XXIII ' show
Put on by: Sacramento Fine Arts Center Open Juried Exhibition

This is meant for an upcoming competition that I am planning on entering (delivery date is this Friday and Saturday). Originally I had no idea what to do so had asked my mom for a suggestion and she came up with doing a wild cat such as a leopard or cheetah. Going through my ever growing reference folders, I saw a picture of a snow leopard and had the thought of "Hmm.. what kind of theme should I do? Onward to Google!" During a search, came across this wikipedia entry:

Snow Leopard - The snow leopard (Panthera uncia or Uncia uncia) is a moderately large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central Asia... [link]

"Well I can work with that"
So this is the reason why this painting ended up as Asian inspired as it did.

Materials Used:
watercolors
watercolor paper (8x10 inches)

7/24/2012 I would like to announce that this painting was accepted into the show Magnus Opus XXIII being put on by the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. The show is from Aug. 7th to Sept. 1st with the Second Saturday Art Reception being Aug. 11th from 5:30-8:30pm. It'll be at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center 5330-B Gibbons Drive in Carmichael, CA
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is stunning.
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whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is a very successful piece, in my opinion. You did a very good job managing how the background related to the snow leopard - meaning that it didn't completely take all the focus away from the big cat for me, it really balanced it out well. Also, beautiful job on the lines!
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DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the kind comments. I'm glad that you enjoyed this particular piece. Hope that you enjoyed your visit.
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:iconwhisperinghearts:
whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
My pleasure!
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SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great artwork!
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:icondawnstarw:
DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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WaterlightFading Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!!
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:icondawnstarw:
DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.
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borysbrytva Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lovely :-)
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:icondawnstarw:
DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks ^_^
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oldmage950 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unusual and very pretty piece! Well done!
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:icondawnstarw:
DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol thanks ^__^
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:iconoldmage950:
oldmage950 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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MyBabyAce5 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is freaking amazing!
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:icondawnstarw:
DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much. I'm glad that you enjoyed this piece.
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MyBabyAce5 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep!
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice. I like all the details and the pale colours :)
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:icondawnstarw:
DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! Not all of the pale colors were picked up by the scanner but enough did to suggest there was shading involved.
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Maybe it's just me, but this feels incomplete. Still like it, though.
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:icondawnstarw:
DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's probably due to the fact of the background, peony and snow leopard having a lot of white and my scanner refusing to pick up the faint shading I did add but if I had done some of the layers any darker it would have started getting muddy.
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:iconyonaka-yamako:
Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
I know what you mean. I get very frustrated with my scanner and taking a picture is not always a good thing either.
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:icondawnstarw:
DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah.. it's why I wish there was some way to have a larger scanner bed size for home use.
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:iconyonaka-yamako:
Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Really. My bed is long but not wide so I end up breaking the image in half, combine in PSP, clean up the mess left behind from the scan, and them move it to the printer. Takes a while and just plain kills my motivation to do anything more than that. >_< *sigh* And table scanners are prohibitive. We suffer so for what we do.
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:icondawnstarw:
DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I know how that is.. my bed is 9x12 inches which is fine for my 8x10 inch pieces but my 11x14 inch pieces I have to do in parts and even if I keep the settings exactly the same for each scan, one side will end up darker then the other.
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:iconyonaka-yamako:
Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Yeah. I got around that by scanning as much as I could at least 3 times and cropping out the curved edges, and pasting the parts together in layers, matching up everything before merging the layers. That worked for larger pieces but I prefer not to have to do that.
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
a very beautiful piece! :thumbsup:
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keksimtee Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This work is great. The background looks like a painted silk kimono. Maybe, there could be a little bit more of contrast at the leopards had and the wing of the crane. But I like the picture very much and i wish you much success in the competition!
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DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually you're right about the background. It's based off of a fabric pattern I discovered from an online store which specializes in fabric for kimonos. As far as the contrast though, it was rather difficult to get that to happen without making colors muddy and the leopard itself (from the photo I was basing it off of) was actually rather light and only had a lot of the grey on the top of it's head. The rest of its fur was white and a faint pale yellow.
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keksimtee Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes I thought that there is less black on the head, so I would have painted it just like you did;) As I said, this little blurry is not so bad. A great picture!
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