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June 27, 2011
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Commission Jkougar by Maquenda Commission Jkougar by Maquenda
Commission for jkougar Pff I'm pretty happy with how it came out :D Especially the fur of the snowleopard :D<3

EDIT: :iconakelataka: gave me some advice about shadows and I tried improve the image c:
I think it looks better now.
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dragonrace Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011   Digital Artist
aw so cool!
Nala15 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
WOW! It looks gorgeous, Maq! :love: Keep up the great work!
The fur is absolutely AMAZING!!! :wow:
akelataka Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see that you've put a lot of effort into all that fur. Unfortunately, even though we can see every little detailed hair on the snow leopard, the picture itself feels pretty flat, or, I should rather say, like a relief, rather than a 3-dimensional (=realistic) scene. The main problem is the shading. When you put down a light source (let's pretend there is a big shining reflector in front of the animals, enlightening the whole scene from the watcher's point of view), try laying down the main shadows first. If the object is 3-dimensional, let's say that about half of it should stay in the dark, while the orther half should stay enlightened. On your picture, though, the light source is not set. All "shades" are very dark, and all other areas are very light. It looks as if you carved a flat surface, because the texture itself substitutes the shading. Try to make the texture in enlightened areas lighter (use lighter tones for darker areas in the whole enlightened areas), and darker in darker areas.

Actually, in a scene like this, where the sun sets behind the mountains, the only enlightened areas should be those turned away from us; Both characters should be very dark, almost like silhouettes, and the texture should have only very little contrast - from black to very dark hue. The same applies to the rocks and grass...
Maquenda Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I tried to follow your advice and edited the image. I hope it looks better now c:
Maquenda Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the advice you gave :3 you're right in pretty much everything xD i'm still practicing a lot with light and whatnot. i find it quite difficult to master :c

thanks for taking the time to write the feedback ^ ^
there aren't many people who take the time to explain stuff like this xD so i apreciate it c:
akelataka Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are really welcome. The picture indeed looks much better now! Of course it's almost impossible to change everzthing now that the picture is done, but if you plan your scene and lighting before you start your next picture, I am sure it will look awesome, especially if you put the same effort into your amazing fur textures!
Maquenda Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm really happy you gave me advice :) I know the background isn't perfect but yeah..need to practise :P :) thanks :)
wolfysilver Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The fur is indeed beautiful, love the subtle tones in it :) I always like how you draw fur. The background is very pretty too.
CravenLunatic Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011   Digital Artist
Very cute. I like the fur on both characters, especially the cougar. The way it's fluffy in some places and smooth in others is very realistic. I love the different colors in the snow leopard's fur though.
ArtPsychosis Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
awesomesauce :3 the snow leopard is awesome indeed! :3 i like the scene very much ^ ^

do moare >: C
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