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~Vaitris's commission of their character, Sabian, wandering through a snowy forest, following a blood trail, searching for a friend...

This character was interesting, let me tell you! Part leopard and part cheetah, I made his head as leopard-like as I could and left the body cheetah like, hence the limbs and chest. His head gave me fits, hah, I had about two hours where I couldn't draw anything. xD The antlers were fun to do, especially since I've been sketching out deer quite a bit lately. As for his spots, I tried my best to get their shapes and shades correct, I hope I got them close enough ^^;

This shading method, the "fur", isn't something I've tried in quite a while, and it's only the second time I've used it in a commission. Whew, it takes a long time, but I love how it turns out! I didn't color the markings on the body and shade them, I actually shaded the flat black body and then put the markings on top of the shading by using brushes with minimal opacity. It seemed like the easiest way ^^

....I love drawing snow. I really do. Is it obvious? And logs. And icicles. c:

~Vaitris may use this as they please. No one else has the authority to repost, reuse, copy, trace, or anything else of the sort to this picture.

8 hours all together
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Wacom Bamboo Tablet

Sabian (C) ~Vaitris
Artwork (C) myself, *ShadowCatsKey
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little-owlette Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, I love this! What a cool character, haha! Love the way you did those flames...
ShadowCatsKey Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the comment! :) :hug: I loved the character's design when I saw it, the commissioner is a genius!
ohitsuji101 Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice! total fav^^
ShadowCatsKey Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the comment and favorite! :) School starts for me today so this was awesome to wake up to~ :hug:
ohitsuji101 Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sorry for late reply but you are welcome
RainbowKitty13 Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome <3
Gris-is-an-Ice-Bird Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ShadowCatsKey Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for all your comments, really~ :D
Gris-is-an-Ice-Bird Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^ u ^
Angel-Creek-Ranch Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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