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Mint by Heyriel Mint by Heyriel
Part of a trade with =Kiramere <3 :happybounce:

Ever since I resolved to break away from the tired-and-true way of painting fur, it feels as though I've made a massive jump towards how I how want my art to look (at least when it comes to fur); The pattern isn't all that natural yet and there are problems with handling the different hair lengths but I'm confident that it's going into the right direction. -which is incredibly motivating. Right now there are three more big paintings in progress and two more already sketched, I'm not gonna run out of opportunities to practice anytime soon! :la:
I'll also remember the tapestry-pattern-idea for future portraits since I'm always at a loss for what to put into the background. This here seem to be the right kind of 'pretty but not overly eye-catching and time consuming'. What do you think? :meow:

Comments are highly appreciated as always! :heart:

PS CS4, Intuos 4 ~ca. 8h
Character [Mint] belongs to =Kiramere
Texture/Pattern used [link]
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:iconfelidaecat:
FelidaeCat Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
liebe alles einfach dran xD ♥
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lifanonline Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!  I really love the way you do your fur; its so unique!  I'm mostly a traditional artist myself, mostly because I get frustrated every time I try digital art.  XD  But seeing all the amazing digital art here really motivates me.  Keep up the amazing work!  :D
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :love:
Haha, it's the same (but the other way around) for me -I always end up defeated, crawling back to Photoshop in shame after trying to work with watercolor, pastel chalk and such xD
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lifanonline Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, we all have our preferred mediums.  :)
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WanderingSketch Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Believe it or not, your progress is encouraging to me, too! xD I want to get where you are! I've been practicing digital for over two years now, but I still have no idea how to do this kind of thing. The tapestry idea does work VERY nicely, compliments the blues in the feathers and beads, while also making the green of the eyes and beads stand out splendidly. :3 It all just looks GORGEOUS and well-planned.
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :love:
It makes me so very happy to hear that my stuff can be an encouragement to others <3 If you keep practicing and don't give up I'm sure you'll improve a lot over the next years -besides, you're only 15 and very good for that age already! :D
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WanderingSketch Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
;;w;; Wow, being told that by you!!
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Dashing-Tophat Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Again I love your lighting here it just makes the cat so realistic!!
the fur is great, I love the brush strokes used here.
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! <3 I'm glad you like my works and thanks again for taking the time to comment! :love: :hug:
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Dashing-Tophat Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Your very welcome !! ,v,
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aletia Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
This is amazing, you've really done an excellent work with the fur, the level of detail is just outstanding! But what I like most is how convincingly the potrait of Mint fits with the background tapestry, great job :clap: :clap: !
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BumbleBeesh Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww this is the cutest cat ever :D I love your shading and the way you used different colors to highlight the fur :nod: awesome job!
oh and the name Mint fits him perfectly!
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! 'm glad you like it :la:
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Kiakoo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: It's soooo awesome and gorgeous, and so beautifully detailed... OMG :la::la::la::la::la:
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much!! :love:
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lndiecat Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Oh my god! You're so good! x_x'
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much <3
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:iconindicaa:
Indicaa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful colorsheme !:3
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconindicaa:
Indicaa Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome!:)
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Seraphi91 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awwww it's so cuteh~ :iconawwehplz:

You know, you should really(at least I wish you would) make a walkthrough someday.:la:
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thankies <3
Maybe I'll do one for the next one -though I'm not sure what to say xD
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Seraphi91 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You may not to say anything, just something basic. Just make enough steps to make it clear what you did. c:
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Snowree Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow! It's beautiful!
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you <3
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful!! :) You did a wonderful job on that fur- I still have no idea how artists draw fur. And, the cat looks so friendly and intelligent. The tapestry-like background works, the viewer thinks of a tapestry or wallpaper being behind the cat so there is a sense of depth, but it does not distract from the subject of the portrait. :+favlove:
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
I'm glad you think that the tapestry-texture works well c:
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SemiFloating Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<3 This is gorgeous. :'D Awesome Job girl.
I'm getting yours done too ;D :heart:
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:iconfinchya:
Finchya Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the fur so much.
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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twinelights Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omfg
so cuteeeee
I'll go finish my part soon ;w;
Thank you so much heyriel ! <3333
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yay, I'm glad you like it! :love:
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twinelights Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fff not like
I love it <3
Thanks again ! <3
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Symrea Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww! Such a beautiful kitty cat!
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soulwithin465 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
mmm I love the fur and lighting <3
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :la:
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:iconmagentty:
magentty Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks soooo real :meow:
Seems like you got yourself another watcher :D
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :love:
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magentty Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome
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