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Leopard done with Colored pencil and marker

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NatureGuide Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I'm here with team 21 from Feedback Frenzy!

I have always loved cats, and leopards are no exception. The eyes draw me in--great job on the shading!--and the fur texture is really great!

The only two things I didnt like were that his cheeks looked a little chubby for a fully grown leopard, as he seems to be, and the way the the wave design in the background can look sort of like the neck and body of the leopard, but it is the wrong sizes. In order to fix the second one, you could make the design cross the other direction, or change the design so it matched the body design better (a bit skinnier at the very neck, and thickens fast to the chest).

But I am no visual art or leopard expert, and don't claim to be. I'm just saying the way I think it would look best to my eyes.

Overall, I love this design and can't wait to see more from you!
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hello! :wave:

I am here leaving a bit of feedback for #FeedbackFrenzy. I am by no means a visual artist, so please take these comments in the uneducated light the occupy. ^^; Just some thoughts that came to me while viewing this fine piece of art.

First, I looove those eyes! You did an excellent job with them - they're magnetizing. The anatomy, proportions, etc all seem well done as well. I do wish that the fur on the chin didn't blend into the background quite so much. Also, if you're going for a realistic look, I would consider giving the fur around the leopard's chin a little dirty look. Cats have a difficult time cleaning their own chins and leopards are not known for being particularly social creatures, so the muck from hunting, drinking, rolling around, etc would could caught in its fur and white fur would particularly show that.

My only other niggle is the ears. Cat ears have a slight flap of skin that prevents them from looking as rounded as the ears you've drawn. Here's an example image found in a google search: [link] If you look closely you can see the way the top ear flap indents and a second flap attaches it to the rest of the ear. That creates a dented look that is not properly represented in your drawing.

Otherwise, I like this very much. It's got beautiful colors and is very eye catching! Good work. :) :+fav:
VegetasLittleSister Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist
Hi there, critique time!
Wow, let's start with the great use of colors in the background! I will next talk about your media. You seem to have wonderful control of the colored pencils. In addition, what you've done with the marker looks nice. I cannot really pick a favorite aspect of this piece.
The fur is just colored so perfectly to the point where it amazes me.
zakkiya29 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am critiquing this work of artwork for :iconfeedbackfrenzy:

Before I go into an in-depth critique of this piece of work, let me start off by saying that this drawing shows how very talented you are and how you know to use your color pencils in the proper way.
Firstly I will start off with the Positives!
:bulletblue: I love the colors used in the eye here and I love that you've shades to show the depth in the eyes if the leopard.
:bulletblue:the use of the strokes done by the leopard paw in the background is a very clever idea and it goes really well with the theme of the drawing
:bulletblue:I love how you have rendered the fur and given the proper shades and shadows wherever required. The print of the leopord skin looks very natural as well.

Negatives and suggestions for Improvement
:bulletred:I feel that the background here could have been done a bit better. I can see some of the whites of the paper you have used through the coloring of the background and I suggest you buildup colors using different shades of pencils for a better effect.
:bulletred: I do not know if you intended to complete the fur area near the chin but the overall impact would have been better if you had finished that area off leaving it to trail off in a gradual way.
:bulletred:The ears could have been done a tad bit better showing a bit of depth and use of reds and browns for the inner part of the ear.Even the hairs on the hair looks less realistic than the rest of the drawing

Overall,this drawing is really beautiful and the effort is tremendous here. Brilliant coloring and this is a beautiful creature you have drawn here. :)
tom-girl5973 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I am here from #Feedback Frenzy

This is absolutely beautiful! I love leopards, and i think you did a wonderful job drawing this one :D I am especially impressed that you did this with colored pencils and markers! Beautiful shading and color work. Also, you are exceptionally talented, the drawing technique (in my amerature opinion) of this piece is fantastic! Great job! The eyes and spots are my favorite part of this, they are very eye catching and enchanting.

Last thoughts: Beautiful overall job! All of the elements of the drawing work together harmoniously to form a beautiful drawing!

Thanks for sharing this with us!! :D
Queen-Sirius Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, Im Jazmine from #FeedbackFrenzy's critique contest~ :wave:

I love the leopard. It's spots, fur texture, color. It's crazy realistic! :D

But, the banner like thing in the background seems to run w/ the white of its fur. Kind of washing that part out. The background its self is just completely putting the heads greatness down. The colors should be cooler against the warm of the warm colors of the leopard, making it stand out more, you know. Darker greens would work as well. Its natural environment colors.

Through it all, perfect~! :heart: I hope this helps any ^^ Keep it up~!
Ashdancer Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   General Artist
Hi! I'm critiquing this for #FeedbackFrenzy!

I absolutely adore the leopard's head. The detail and the shading are impeccable, and I especially love the detail of the eyes. Everything is very realistic

The only thing I would mention for improvement is the use of the background colors. They sort of mute the impact of the leopard, although I did like how well you blended the yellow and the green.

Overall, I love the impact of this piece, because it looks like the leopard could very well pop out of the screen! Awesome drawing!
Kyra-illustrations Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hello I'm kyra fom the feedback frenzy team 25.

I really love the fact that the head of the leopard is coming forward by the use of colors in the background.
It's a very subtle drawing and very realistic.
Though the drawing is really nice and calm I think I'm also being bothered by the white space in the background.
It makes the overall outcome a bit flat, which makes the leopard itself blend in with the bg, while I guess it's ment to burst out more coming towards you. I think, giving the white space the colors the rest of the background has, would be giving it an even calmer yet stronger feeling.

When I was looking through the favorites map to choose my deviations that i was going to critique, I saw this piece bursting out most in the first place. It certainly has something to do ith my love of cats, which is why I instantly loved it! If it weren't for the bg I might even have thought it is a picture (in the small thumb display) I love how the Leopard is looking so wise and steady. Maybe like a mother who's watching over her playing cubs.

you really have a great gift, being able to draw like this!
Like I said before, it's a lovely piece and when the white in the bg weren't there it would be perfect.
That doesn't make me love it less though! It really stands out in the fav-folder I was going through, as for the wow-factor, I was bedazzled by the color and detail!
The pattern of his furr is so realistic and nicely done. Also the little hairs above his eye! I always find it hard to make that look real.

ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a grand critique.
neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there from #FeedbackFrenzy team 8!

First of all, I loooove how smooth the blending looks in this. The background colors contrast very nicely against the colors of the leopard Overall the shading is great and despite being a minimal piece, the rich colors and texture make it easy to get into.

I am not an expert on animal anatomy but the leopard's face looks just a little off to me. I think the eyes are a little too close together, or a bit larger than I'd expect--honestly I would get if you were going for a more stylized effect but since this has a very realistic feel it's what I'm going off.
ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Its of course not perfect especially on a first go. Also I personally feel that there is something about the chin that isn't QUITE right. But a rather good go for a first leopard drawn up ;)

Thanks for the critique.
Amritha Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hello! I'm here for the contest being held at :iconfeedbackfrenzy:

First and foremost, I'd like to comment on your technique. You're very good with colored pencils. Your colors are blended very well and also chosen well: they look and feel natural though I can see where you pulled in some gray for shading along the temple and nose. The markers were used expertly as well: the lineart and spots compliment the pencils and vice versa. The fur is still suggested through the spots as well, which lends to the realism of the piece: the texture of the fur is not overdone, which is great. It's easy to overdo textures, or not use enough, and I think you've found a nice medium.

The vibrant color of the eyes is complimented by the background, and as a whole the face is rendered well.

If there is anything I would do to this piece to potentially make it better, it would be to remove some of the white. Colored pencils can be built up thickly. It may be a preference of the artist to keep more or less of the white showing, but in this piece it's easy to lose the definition between the leopard's neck/chin and the background's stark white. I think laying in a little more color would've helped make the leopard stand out more. The other thing that might help, since there is so much white, would be to pull in some more grays or blues into the chin and chest to make them darker. If you really step back from this piece (or view a small thumbnail), the leopard's chin becomes completely lost, so some definition beneath it would help it a lot.

Nevertheless, a little loss of definition under the chin is nothing compared to the well-executed technique! As I said above, you've really done masterful work with the colors and smooth blending of them.

I really liked this portrait because it's simple but effective: the abstract background isn't too distracting and compliments the leopard beautifully. Thanks for sharing this with us!

If you have any questions or I was just confusing etc. then just ask! I'd love to help out any way I can or answer your questions.
ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Talk about a STUNNING explination of the art as well as the time that you took to write it out. I greatly appreciate the effort you put and the points that you brought up. Especially about the spots that made me extremely happy. I think one thing that I am going to take away from this is that some people ADORE the white that was used in the background whilst others simply abore it XD.

Either way I think in the end I am goign to be adding a much darker layer of green that will fade out and then probably back in again just to give more contrast to the piece over all and see if I can work in some SUBTLE texture of leaves and ferns... Maybe. The one thing I was trying to avoid with the simplistic background was outdoing the texture that was present in the cat itself :)
MUTTD0G Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student
Hello =ElysianImagery~
This critique is coming from the current contest hosted at #FeedbackFrenzy! Although I can see you are gettign ALOT of critiques already from the group xD

I will first talk about the colors of this peice. The blended yellow, green greenblue in the background before the yellow stripes is a fine choice for colors. They match the eye color, bringing more attention to the actual leopard! About the white space and the yellow stripes though, I think it is a little to much for this peice, just because the white kind of takes away form the white fur on your leopard, the stripes also pull away attention from the main focus. What you should try to do is fill the whole background with colors or objects that make the initial image stand out, or pop, but dont draw away attention from that image.

The shading and anatomy is beautiful, I am having a hard time finding anything to nag you about, haha. There is one small thing that I think could give you a little hint on. I saw down in the below comments that you wanted the leopard in this peice to look more "feirce". The best way to acheive this is probably to make him appear, growling or snarling. To do this you woul dhave to narrow his eyes, just a bit, and make small wrinkes in the upper part of his nose between his eyes. You might even want to try tilting the angle just a bit, and try to make it appear that he is looking straight at you. A menacing glare always looks ferious~

Wow, but the things I loved most where how much attention you payed to detail in the fur and nose! :wow: This is a beautiful drawing, you definitely earned a :+fav: from me~
ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
To me making all cats big and fierce and growly just gets overdone. While these big cats can be powerful and strong and fierce I am really trying to work from the softer side of the beast, as it were ;)

Thank you for taking the time to write up such a lovely and LONG critique. The one thing that I will be doing is trying to deepen the background at least a bit with a richer hue'd green that will hopefully make the critter stand out a bit more. Or I might nullify the entirety of that white in there with a deep strike of green. Likely in photoshop first so I don't ruin the original ;)
catchingfyre Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Elysian,

The following is a critique on behalf of Team #33 from #Feedback-Frenzy's competition.

Let's start with the colors. This is an extraordinary image. From the detailed shading and the range of colors added. Considering this is done with a colored pencil and not a computer graphic's software, this is really quite good! From a distance, I thought it was a W.I.P. but it wasn't till I started writing the critique did I realize the yellow and white stripes were to compliment the gorgeous leopard head. The yellows and greens and blues around it, are really gorgeous, you definitely blended it well. Except for the texture, I would have thought this wasn't hand drawn!

Moving on, you really do have artistic skill. I love how you did the nose and ears, especially. With the nose, I see how you did the shadows in the two nostrils and the definition in it. It really makes it appear 3-D! Not only that, but the mouth also carries some nice shading to show the thin yet shaggy pelt beneath the nose. As for the ears, it really is a masterpiece within a gorgeous piece of artwork. The colors you used, show the colors in the leopard's pelt. And the thin strands covering the internal ear made me relate it to the common house cat. The way you colored the outside of the ear makes it look velvety and the inside-ear hair looks so soft!

The muzzle's shading is also very nice. You really managed to shade it so it looks very 3 diminutional and the range of colors are also very pretty! The eyes are also quite gorgeous! I can really see the colors you used there. Beautiful ranges of greens! It looks so realistic with the cat eyeliner you so commonly find in these compelling animals. This image really captivated my attention with the charm in the leopard's eye and the colors combined with good shading.

Overall, great job. I'd give this a 8/10 stars. However, I do wish there weren't so many white empty spaces, mainly in the white/yellow streaks coming out of the head. Maybe shade it very lightly so it looks like there is something there, not just blank white spaces. I love this photo! And I love leopards too <3
Theanimalparade Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello, my name is Theanimalparade and I am going to critique your work for :iconfeedbackfrenzy:
WOW. This is such an amazing drawing! It's gorgeous, really! The colors, the detail, the shading! All beautifully done! I envy you for being able to draw like this, to be honest. It is a simply wonderful piece of art!
The only thing I would change is that I would have drawn the neck and maybe a jungle-y background. Quite honestly, there's not much that would make this better than it already is!
It is just stunning! Really, it is! Good work and keep up the good work!
olivegbg Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there, here's your critique from #FeedbackFrenzy.
What I like most in this image except for the obvious skill, is that you have had the courage to leave 'whitespace' where appropriate.

What I wonder is that perhaps you could have experimented with contrasting colors for the background , to make the face stand out even better. If you could try to bring just that touch of wetness to the eyes and nose it will be a killer! The fur is so well done my fingers almost expect the screen to be soft to the touch.
ShahzadX Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello :)
Here is your critique from a #FeedbackFrenzy participant :D

I love how you've managed to draw the Leopards features with such accuracy :)
It's almost as if you have my sharingan eye ;) :P
And brilliant job coloring it.
The fur is colored so perfectly it just blends away.
And the light in the eyes,well done.

What you could improve it,you could make the leopard look more fiercer.
Give that Oomph factor :)

Well done anyways :D
ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I would love to have a better description of what you think would make him look more fierce?
lionchaser Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello from another #FeedbackFrenzy participant! :wave:

I absolutely love the use of color in this drawing. You used simple colored pencil and marker to make a drawing so realistic and that is just absolutely amazing! You have such a great talent!!! I cannot really pick a favorite feature of the drawing because it is just so amazing. I can see a real leopard just looking into the distance. Question: did you look at something to help you remember details (like a picture, another drawing, etc)? I myself have tried to start learning to draw lately, but I can never truly figure out how to make an image in my brain appear on my paper. haha. But you have done it so well. I love the nose, eyes, and ears the best out of the drawing. The eyes I like because of all the different shades in them. The way you did the shading of the irises from green to light yellow is just beautiful. With the ears, I love the hair in them. You did a magnificent job using the pencils to make the drawing look realistic.

The only thing about the drawing I don't particularly like is the background. I feel like if it were just the head with a solid background, it would make it pop more. But the background with a few different colors makes me look at the background rather than the drawing itself. I don't understand the drawing pattern for it, and so it makes me confused.

But overall I absolutely love it! I really hope you continue to do such amazing drawings!! (:<3
magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi from a #FeedbackFrenzy participant! :iconimhighplz:
First, I'd like to say this is a beautiful drawing. Your attention to detail is exquisite, and the small tufts of hair/fur on the leopard's head really helps add to the overall picture. In addition, the eyes look gorgeous and full of life, and the way you blended with the green-yellow gradient helps show off the eyes even better.
The only small thing you can change is to maybe darken the glaring white of the background. It's a little hard to see the white fur by the mouth, and some contrast between the background and the leopard would make the piece look even more put together.
Overall, I love the way you drew the leopard with all the tiny details and you have great talent. Keep up the good work! :D
Akif-Magic Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's just great! Your art is very nice. You inly used Colour Pencils and Marker to Create this! What a talented person!
ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well thank you so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment.
Akif-Magic Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ur Welcome!
dierat Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello from another #FeedbackFrenzy participant! :wave:

First off I'd like to say that this is an excellent drawing with beautiful detail, wonderful blending, and a very enjoyable color palette. You seem to have wonderful control over your medium as well as patience and a nice sense of design. The detail in the eyes and the wisps of fur in the ears are especially nice. For crits, my main negative is the white of the background, which is so bright and so large that it takes attention away from the obvious focal point. Even adding an off-white color to those areas would improve the image, but a mid-tone value would be best. The saturation of the yellow in the background area could also handle being toned down to allow the bright eyes to attract more attention. The drawing itself is very hard to critique as it is so well done; the only thing I can think of is that it could use a little more value variation by adding more in the darker value range to push the contrast and a little more subtle variation in the areas with white fur. And this one's pretty obvious I'm sure, but the cropping and composition could be more interesting. I know it's just a head shot, but finding a way to push the focus off-center can make a big different in an image's impact but adding more movement and drama.
ladyj403 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
great use of colors in the background they make great contrast for the leopard except for the bottom left hand corner which looks like its blending into the white background im not sure it the was on purpose or not but it some how works i happen to like it . the fur was made with great detail. i also like how the eyes are the center focus of the drawing. the shading and tint in this picture really helps make it look realistic. so overall i would have to say you did a great job keep up the good work
ShroomaLa Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist

I really love the idea of this picture. The background, the leopard, the eyes, especially the eyes. The eyes really draw me in and I love how you did them! Now the spots just amaze me, I would never be able to make them look so perfectly imperfect. All the detail on the fur added and you have a masterpiece! I like the background, but I personally think you could have done something more creative like foilage or the sky or something similar to that in idea. The only thing I don't really like about this picture is the chin fluff. It looks more like a goat's beard instead of fluffy fur. If it was just a tad bit shorter it would look AMAZING.

ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
which part of under the chin are you talking about? The rounder area or the chest fluff that is right underneath? Thank you for the critique!
VampNi Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Whoot~ X3 love it~
ElysianImagery Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah! Look at those happy smilies in the corner! :D
VampNi Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
XD Yup, yup~
Dragongryph Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
hehey, it's done :D
It turned out neatly :D
ElysianImagery Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
why thank you I'm rather partial to its completion myself :D
Dragongryph Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
you're welcome^^
VENXIA Featured By Owner May 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Soooooooo pretty~
I love those big green eyes and the fluff<3
Your traditional art makes me so happy<33333333
ElysianImagery Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much again :D It always makes me smile seeing your comments and knowing that my traditional stuff is appreciated so well!
Milocycle Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you us any image references for your pictures like this one when you draw?
ElysianImagery Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
generally I pull up a whole bunch of them and glance at them for overall shape, and color of the animal, and then look at where there would be good fur texture. But not just one reference ;)
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