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At long last, the piece I've been working on for the past... two? three? months. For a friend! Conceptualized as desktop wallpaper, hence the dark backdrop.

I started this way too detailed, and it came back to bite me - after starting hi-def it's tough to go back down! So it's over half photoreferenced, some real life reference from the jungle outside, and largely like a huge painful study, but hey, when rusty art-wise, photorealism is a good place to start! I'll upload some closeups in scraps later and link them here.

Edit: close-ups here! [link]

Longer than it's ever taken, Painter + Photoshop.

...yeaah this also means it isn't a photo/photomanip, guys. Heh.
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:iconmidsea:
Midsea Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Holy crap on a cracker you have mad photo realistic skills! reference or not,mega nice work!
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconmidsea:
Midsea Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very welcome C:
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:iconmoominnarutotard:
moominnarutotard Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
when i saw this i was like: is that a picture or a painting?
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be fair, it is a study of a photo I took, heh.
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:iconmoominnarutotard:
moominnarutotard Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
but you did draw it..... right?

dun dun DUN!
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed I did! gaasp.
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:iconmoominnarutotard:
moominnarutotard Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
phew! ok now it's awesome again!
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD
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Bhiggo Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww... he's so cute and fuzzy!
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purplehazebabe6969 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Tigers<3
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whisperpntr Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Student General Artist
It's a travesty that this only has 54 favorites and everytime i look at this I realize it's not the pageviews or the favs but it's the quality of art.
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blayrd Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks hun, that means much to me! Though, I'd say, it also depends on the purpose of the art (which can even dictate "quality"). For instance--is the work meant to be sold? To showcase a story to the greatest audience? To give the artist herself a sense of pleasure and accomplishment? All a bit different, and not always mutually exclusive.

B'still. Thank you!
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catsandscales Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Wow, I applaud you at finishing this in such a timely manner! It would have taken me three times as long [procrastination keep me from lots of things]. Amazing work!
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-bows- Granted, I think I owe someone a piece of art that I promised them about three years ago. Oh well, they were warned (I said to expect it around 2015)! Thanks though C:
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catsandscales Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
haha XD Well, it happens. At least this one had (I think) a perfect balance of excellence and speed of execution. =]
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eheh it is a rare person who calls three months speed! I quite admire folks who do real speedpaintings that look practically photorealistic from afar *_*
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catsandscales Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Good point. Quick is a relative term, I suppose. XD Besides, yours is realistic UP CLOSE...
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That takes considerably less skill x)
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:iconcatsandscales:
catsandscales Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Yeah, but the amount of patience it takes is still impressive. I'm trying to compliment you already, sheesh! XD
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry D: -hides-

-is appreciative- xD
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Xelig00n Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Is this really a painting..?
I don't doubt it, but my mind refuses to fully believe it.

Simply amazing.
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Scaling down makes everything better! Copious photoreferencing doesn't hurt either. B'thanks.

Also, your icon. Is. Um. Captivating. Yeaah.
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RandomEffect Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
This is absolutely amazing.
Took me at least two minutes of staring at this to see that it wasn't a photo. xD

Brilliant job!
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:iconenrichman:
Enrichman Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
Ehy, it looks really the same!

[link]

Compliments! =D
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh yep that's the same rock! Love the shot you got of those two though, great moment and the colors are really rich :D
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4evermonicris Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
That is just... AMAZING :love: wonderful! you did an extraordinary work!! :heart:
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KanuTGL Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Are you sure this isn't a photograph? xD

I mean, wow! The leaves, the rock, the tiger...! So much detail...! You deserve applauds for just having the patience to finish it xD I spy a parrot hidden in the foliage too =P

This is lovely :clap:
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Chilenita Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
OMg I love it, it's like... amazing that you've drawn this. took me a while to actually see it!
And I absolutly love the little bird hiding between the leafs.
Amazing job, you deserve a medel for this
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Baihu Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
o.o

*yoinks for desktop <3*

PS: YAY! It's one Singapore's tigers :3 I love how active an his 2 mates are usually are in the enclosure, could stand there and stare at them all day (which I usually end up doing at the zoo).
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blayrd Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D ohyeah awesome this is so suitable for you, yoink away. They're really pretty too! Standing and staring all day is definitely value for money, mhm.
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daniii Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
Wow, at first I really thought this was a photograph...I'm amazed at how realistic this looks! Really, gorgeous.
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InstantCoyote Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
That is so beautiful. I am always awed by photorealism. This is so fantastic. I love the rock and the leaves look so real. They remind me of the plants I used to have in my old backyard. I'm just speechless and ranting. That tiger is so beautiful... I love the paws.
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, thanks, glad ye like it - especially the rock, I'm quite proud of that, it was less directly referenced and more properly painted!

Notably, that must've been some awesome backyard you had there, though.
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InstantCoyote Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
The rock is fantastic! I love rocks.

It was! I mean, the plants were all in a very large planter against the back wall, but it always reminded me of a jungle. ^^
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Kittysaysmeow Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
OMG OMG IS IT A TIGER FROM SINGAPORE ZOO? XD
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YES IT IS

Wherever else would I find white tigers conveniently lazing around in front of jungles? Eheh.
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Kittysaysmeow Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
-has a few pictures of tigers floating around- xDD They make great subjectssss <3
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:iconcunningfox:
CunningFox Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this honestly looks like a full blowm photomanipulation xD but its amazing if its not!
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:iconblayrd:
blayrd Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eheh it's not, I just worked really big!
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Nanukk Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Student Filmographer
I thought it was a photo from the thumbnail XD Amazing!
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3catfish3 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Osh**, are you saying that this is DRAWN? O.O

It looks like a photo... OMG that is GOOD.SERIOUSLY.
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