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Finished this about a week or two ago, took me ages to do! I think it was 4 hours work just in the right arm of the tiger doing reallllyyyy fine fur strokes.. even worse mum accidently spilt paint on that paw so I had to fix it.

Done it automotive basecoats on MDF wood. Comments and favs appreciated, I put alot of effort into this.

Reference was used, thanks to for the photograph. (Finally found the owner of the reference, check out his work :thumbsup:)
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Given 2005-11-30
Strength by =suicidal-surfy is not something I would normally gravitate towards (I am not big on animals as subject matter), but falls into the range of exceptionally executed on a technique level that makes it difficult to ignore. It is exquisitely rendered to exacting detail, and not in a clinical fashion, but with some real life to it. ( Suggested by asymons and Featured by zeruch )
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Ravenwolfslayer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Absolutely beautiful! I see you are a master with the airbrush...I'm wanting to buy one, any tips on what to get?? I want a fairly decent one, any brand you recommend?
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Thanks.. I havn't been doing it as much lately so i'm prob not up to scratch at the moment.

I prefer the Badger.. though I have two:
- Badger 360 for "large" area work to save time - like spraying in a whole black section of something.

- For finer detail and most my work I have a mixture of two airbrushes... it's a Badger Sotar 20/20 (the mechanical/guts of the airbrush) and the body of the Badger 151. The Sotar is Badger's finest airbrush, putting all the parts in a 150 body allows it for siphon feed (from a bottle) rather than gravity fed (from a tiny cap on top of the airbrush) so it makes things alot more fluent workwise. I'd highly recommend doing that. - Though parts aren't cheap and the airbrush is delicate so if you do that be prepared to take extra care of it.
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Ravenwolfslayer Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much, I appreciate you taking the time to share with me what you are using. I will probably just get the Sotar as I will only be using it for small projects, to start with anyway. But the advice on combining both will come in handy for the future I'm sure. I certainly wouldn't have thought of that on my own!
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
No worries, good luck with it. But mark my words.. it's very delicate. If you knock the needle, especially drop it, you can split the tip (it's a tiny piece that goes under the nose of the airbrush), and it's about $100 to replace. I can't count on two hands how many of those i've gone through. Hope that doesn't scare you off it either
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Ravenwolfslayer Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ouch! Maybe I will start with something a little more affordable! I am pretty clumbsy!
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Haha, well if you're just starting out, the 150 is good for beginners ;)
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GrizzlyJoe19 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Student Artist
He's handsome but deadly!
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mugrover Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh crap! I thought this was a real shot.. I woz gonna ask you.. That tiger really had those teeth so white? hahahaha.. this is really awesome dude! Congratulations!! I'm faving!
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
cheers mate :w00t!:
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pilarous Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
Honestly, I thought this was a photograph and was going to ask you where you managed to be able to get so close. This is amazing, and I'm definitely fav'ing. :)
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Thanks :D
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braeden8888 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
whats the medium on this..
is it air brush or did you use brush..
ive done one with both...its quite affective
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
It's all free hand airbrushed
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wonderfulWL Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
big-cat tired ,want to sleep
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beadtheweed Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought it was a photo when I first saw it. This is amazing! :D
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
Thanks :D
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MelaneLagoPhoto Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
i'm speechelss, this is abolutely perfect! instant fave!!
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Thank you :w00t:
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner May 25, 2007
Great balls of fire. Beautiful artwork! :wow:
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Moniquette Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007   Photographer
The details are astounding, congratulations!
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
thank you :boogie:
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meihua Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007
hoooooly crap :wow: for the longest time I thought it was a painting!
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007
lol huh? It is a painting?? :confused:
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meihua Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007
oh oops! haha, freudian slip, I meant I thought it was a photo
my bad :(
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007
lol, no worries :D
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Melissas-Artwork Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent painting, it looks very realisitic!! =)
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2006
Thank you :D
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KIARAsART Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Professional General Artist
O.O woahh!
It looks just like a photo. Greeeeat work!
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006
Thank you :D
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igguana578 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006  Professional General Artist
wow thats incredible!looks very real.
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006
Thank you :D
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Snow-Owl Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gaaaaawd :faint:
And this is a drawing?.. You must be da Vinci of nowadays. ;)
Everything looks just perfect and I just don't dare to leave it without adding to my faves. :)
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006
:lol: Na it aint a drawing, it's a painting. :P
Thank you :D
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Snow-Owl Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol where was my mind when typying?.. =p
Anyway, it's a great painting. :clap:
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2006
Hehe thanks :D
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Renartistic Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2006
I love tigers and it looks really beautiful! :)
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2006
Thank you :D
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kozmix Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006
wow, what a beautiful painting!!
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006
Thanks dude :)
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helterskellter Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2006
That is simply amazing...incredible detail, it looks so real! If I could I would buy a print or two. Fantastic work, congrats! :clap:
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2006
Thanks :D
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Sortvind Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2006
Omg!! *Fav a 43242423 times* This is just so fucking amazing!
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2006
Thanks :)
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MorRokko Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006
Oh wow :w00t: i thought this was a photograph, im still having a hard time not believing it lol, what medium did you use? This is just amazing!
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2006
Hey sry.. I must of been sleeping when I replied to your comment... i forgot to actually answer your question :blush:
It's done on a sheet of MDF wood.
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2006
Thanks :D
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halconverde Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2006
This is absolutely beautiful--the lighting, the shading, and the incredible detail. Would that I had your patience. The hours you put into it definitely show--all that fur is wonderfully realistic. It's difficult to tell if this is a photograph or not unless you get pretty darn close. You demonstrate a great level of skill to able to capture the sense of realism from the photograph.
Excellent stuff.
:+fav:
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suicidal-surfy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006
Thanks for the fav, and the awesome comment. There needs to be more comments like these going around :highfive:
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halconverde Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
You are very welcome--your work definitely deserves such comments. :)
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LindaColijn Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is definitely a fav! It looks so real....its like you can almost feel that fur. Amazing! Don't know what to say. Just that all those hours of work really paid off!
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