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Sketchism71
01-14-2010, 09:46 AM
Finally finished this! Thank you for all the comments in the WIP on this one. I'm sure the journey isn't over yet. I tend to notice things after a few days that drive me crazy and end up fixing this and that. For now though, here it is! Thanks for checking it out!:):)

As with most, click to enlarge for a better view!:D

justjean
01-14-2010, 09:48 AM
Absolutley beautiful (clap,clap,clap)

coops
01-14-2010, 10:15 AM
Breathtakingly beautiful Sketch. The lighting is wonderful. Superb painting:)

mwilneff
01-14-2010, 10:18 AM
Totally amazing piece of work.I,m a softy for the big cats and you have conveyed him with skill and lot's of class.Well done again!!
Marty

byroncallas
01-14-2010, 10:21 AM
Eddie, it's outright astounding; beautiful; a masterpiece in every detail and in the whole. The cat is beautifully rendered, the fur is perfection, the expression complex, the background providing perfect integration with your subject. I'm particularly taken by the lions expression that is complimented through his entire body. He seems contemplative, perhaps longing, maybe even a bit sad - a revealing take that our animal friends indeed have complex emotional worlds that usually escape our attention. I love the painting and feel it's the most accomplished that you've posted to date. It just seems right in every pixel. Do they allow you to give someone a million stars????? :):):)

saddy
01-14-2010, 10:28 AM
Awesome! :D Lovely!

ScottF
01-14-2010, 10:56 AM
Wow, Sketchism! This is truly a wonder in every way. Incredible lighting here!

Caesar
01-14-2010, 10:59 AM
An absolute stunner! It's a puma I guess.
I just wonderf which shortcuts You may have used, for the grass/ straw and the fur, for instance, if any.
It' almost unbelievable what You succeeded to get! :eek::):):):):)

Alexandra
01-14-2010, 11:41 AM
Eddie, this is just wonderful painting!:)

DMerchen
01-14-2010, 11:44 AM
Simply stunning piece of artwork you have managed to create. I like the big cats too!:D

Valerie
01-14-2010, 11:47 AM
Absolutley stunning Wow :):):):):):):):):):):)

Sketchism71
01-14-2010, 11:57 AM
JustJean Thank you for the comment!:):)
Thank you Coops! I almost added some little flowers around that rock just for you!;):)
Marty, you and I can just exchange Wow's because I feel exactly the same about your work!!:D:D
Thank you Byron for such a monumental comment! Made my day! Thanks again for your help earlier as well!!:D:D:D (This story isn't over!;))
Thank you Saddy for the wonderful comment!:):D
Thank you Scott, this was a fun one to do. It's a gorgeous animal!:):)
Caesar, Thank you! No short cuts unfortunately. My method on the grass/ground and fur is all the same. Crayon on top of crayon (same layer) adjusting pressure (depending on intensity needed) and size.:D:D
Sandra, thank you so much for the great comment!:D:)

Sketchism71
01-14-2010, 11:57 AM
Thank you Valerie!:):)

Lima
01-14-2010, 12:31 PM
Sketch, I was admiring the progress of this painting. I want to say that the image is to let the jaw drop. A masterpiece of painting.:eek::eek::eek:

foxytocin
01-14-2010, 12:52 PM
Eddie, it is superb....you have out-done yourself with this one.....

Evart
01-14-2010, 01:06 PM
Wow, this is beautiful!

L Skylar Brown
01-14-2010, 01:09 PM
I doubt that you will ever find even a whisker to fix. Where do you go from perfect?!

Bobbi
01-14-2010, 02:02 PM
Its going to take some to top this one. The lighting is simply stunning.

SCP
01-14-2010, 03:33 PM
Sketch great work mate! Love the pose and the stare of your big cat,wonderfully painted!!:):):):):)

jbyrjbyr1
01-14-2010, 03:46 PM
Wow, Sketch, this is amazing. I'm sorry that I missed it in the WIP section (been insanely busy; end-of-the-year business stuff) but I will certainly go back to review the steps on this one. An absolutely gorgeous creation.

sandyg
01-14-2010, 04:58 PM
Saw this in the Gallery and commented but it's lovely and worthy of another comment, the straw is amazing as well. Well done Sketch.
Sandyg.

pai
01-14-2010, 05:08 PM
Stunning and outstanding painting! Love how you handle the lighting. Another masterpiece of yours. Very fine works on the fur and the straw. A spotlight piece to me. :)

hanzz
01-14-2010, 05:30 PM
A true ArtRage Masterwork. We should have a small collection with nothing but ArtRage Masterpieces. This would be one of the toppers.

EB
01-14-2010, 06:46 PM
It is very well done.

paul_uk7
01-15-2010, 04:02 AM
Amazing work, really thought it was a photo:)

Sketchism71
01-15-2010, 05:34 AM
Thank you SO MUCH everybody for your kind words. There is absolutely no place on the net like this place! I could fill this page with "thank you's" to each one of you but I am playing catch up today on all the stuff I put off while I painted this! Your comments have brightened my day like you can't imagine!!!

Hanzz - A place like that already exists... It's called Hanzz' Gallery!!!;):D:D

Peter Pinckney
01-15-2010, 05:43 AM
Oh YES Sketch.............masterful!

:) from here.............................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. ..........................................to here:)

Greeneyes
01-15-2010, 05:43 AM
That is just breath taking,beautiful, in every way.I love,love,love that one great job.

fraser_paice
01-15-2010, 06:12 AM
Ouch!... That's so good it hurts mate! I really wish I had the patience and perseverance to achieve work as good as this.... Wow!

Bumble
01-15-2010, 07:57 AM
That is just gorgeous work...outstanding:eek::):):):):):):D

jonwood
01-15-2010, 08:41 AM
beautiful piece of work..

Eileen724
01-15-2010, 09:44 AM
I am so in awe of your work, Sketch....it's incredible to say the very least! You've captured the beauty and elegance of this lion to a tee. Everything about this speaks perfection even the straw on the ground....just amazing work!!!

mannafig
01-15-2010, 12:40 PM
Outstanding:eek:you really captured all the grace and beauty that emanates from mountain lions wonderful work:):)

Rob in Denver
01-15-2010, 02:47 PM
Good grief, turn my back a moment, you post a masterpiece, get 4 pages of absolutely deserved praise, and --what do you plan to do for an encore? But then I didn't think you could have topped some of your earlier works! It is just-stupifyingly outrageously well done.

Sketchism71
01-16-2010, 03:07 PM
Thank you Peter!:D:D
Thank you Greeneyes, glad you liked it!:):D
Thank you for the comment Neil!:):)
Bumble, thank you for checking it out!:D:D
Thanks for the comment Jon! :):D
Eileen, again...you are too nice to me!:D:D
Thank you Rob for the awesome comment!:):)

blurymind
01-16-2010, 03:22 PM
beautiful color composition and textures. Cats are trully majestic animals.. :)

silvy
01-17-2010, 11:56 PM
Absolutley stunning:):):):):)!!!! A superb masterpiece dear Sketch.

elfme
01-18-2010, 12:33 AM
WOW...beautiful animal. The realism is incredible. Everything about this painting is purr...fect. Thank you for sharing.

Sketchism71
01-18-2010, 07:24 AM
Thank you blurymind, Slivy, and elfme for the awesome comments!:D:D:D

ARTGEEK
01-18-2010, 08:56 AM
Wow Sketch this is so amazing!!! I thought I saw it's tail moving Lol it looks so real. Truly amazing work. BRAVO:D

dali
01-19-2010, 12:19 PM
I'm speechless, this is simply stunning!

AT-TA
01-19-2010, 03:03 PM
Sketch this is a masterpiece and must be treated as such...what else is to say? There's so much beauty in this beast....:=)

Fashmir
01-19-2010, 03:18 PM
Wow, ya know I don't usually resort to sports terms as I've never been a sports fan, but I have to say it. This is a home run Sketch!!!:)

Aunt_Betsy
01-19-2010, 03:43 PM
What a stunning piece of artwork!

RobertSWade
01-19-2010, 05:30 PM
Eddie, what have you done? How are you ever going to top this??? My sincere condolences on your future works. :(

JosepM
01-22-2010, 03:22 AM
Impressive, I can't stop to follow the details... :)

Rowena
01-22-2010, 04:01 AM
Truly masterful work! :D:D

Sketchism71
01-22-2010, 04:36 AM
ARTGEEK, AT-TA, Dali, Fashmir, Aunt Betsy, Robert, JosepM, and Rowena, Thank you all very much for the fantastic comments and for checking this out!:D:D:):)

lolalot
01-22-2010, 05:04 AM
Beautiful work, Sketch! A real masterpiece here. It looks good enough to be real! Definitely perfect for putting on the Spotlight! :D