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Pause from the Hunt by Zephyri Pause from the Hunt by Zephyri
This piece started as a bit of painterly sketching on a lunchtime, and morphed over a few months into this. Gotta thank the great *ChrisOatley for the advice he gave me at one of the Oatley Academy Live Sessions - it brought the piece out of okayness into something much more polished and considered! I've always loved the idea of a race of more feral elves who hunt in steamy swamps and jungles, and throwing in a beastly companion just adds to the appeal for me. Imagine Avatar but where the native species hunted with bare hands and tearing teeth and didn't mind if they went the rest of the day in dried blood.

All photoshop. No ref initially but was using loads by the end for everything, and couldn't tell you how long I spent on it. Lots of hours!

Edit: uploaded one to see if the darkness was any better.
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KaizerHiwatari Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
This is such a great piece! I was wondering what kind of animal that is, though. It's sort of lion-like, but not quite... Does it have a name, or is it just the product of your imagination? Lol. =)
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It's a mostly imaginative animal, lion mixed with a sort of mountain ibex? 
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summerstar2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Fantastic! I really like this piece.
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Sgt-Sahara Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous work!
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WanderingEntity Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Breath-taking work!:omg: A great composition and use of colour :) 
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconwanderingentity:
WanderingEntity Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome
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TheFirstAngel Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
just plain awesome <3
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Engkong668 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Nice! Wish I can 'morph' all my sketches into something beautiful like this one. ^~^
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skiesofchaos Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
I give you high honors, as in this I see the spirit of Frazetta. :)
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That is one of the highest honors, I thank you very much.
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
That's cool looking, very nice job.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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xxmihoxx Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Sweeet. :) As always, well done.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers m'dear!
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tbond5289 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
LOVE the little creature/other hunter on the branch behind him. What a nice touch!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Travis!
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Lyna-LoopS Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would like to see more feral elves too !
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There's just something much more fun about wild elves.
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
:wow: awesome work Sam! :thumbsup:
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers Alan!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
;) it's my pleasure! :rose:
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:iconteezkut:
teezkut Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Fantastic!! Love the darkness... gives me the feeling like i am in this jungle..
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yay! I've been in surroundings like this IRL so I'm glad it makes you feel that way too!
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MrPheenox Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its a fantastic piece.. really nice lighting!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Serukis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I love all the dark tones and the dappled lighting. I also really like that elf perching in the background - it just makes the scene much more natural and less posed, if you know what I mean. The hunter and companion in the foreground are exquisite.

Seriously, wow. <3
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The dappled light was one of the suggestions given in the crit session and it makes this piece for me! And glad you do notice the background character - he's a sort of an ambiguous story telling device!
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Rogue7 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Awesome
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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CyrusNarcissus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks good.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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RobertCopu Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Really great work, Zeph!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Uneide Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
This piece is really striking Sam! Wonderfully moody, I love the lighting.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Breaking new ground with the lighting I hope.
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Sam-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
you have improved immensely. ~ the other sam. aka. pixmaker.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Heheh improving bit by bit - learning a lot with Chris and the gang on the Painting Drama course.
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conceptfox Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Incredible! Wonderful idea and wonderful painting!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Nowio Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wonderfull! The light parts are just great ^^ But there is something, maybe just me, but as his torso and arm is lit it is the first thing I see and when I slide my view to the elves or the cats (awesome creature design btw :) ) head/face my view is pulled back to his side/arm... To the background I can't say anything but that it's awesome : )
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think I know what you mean - it's probably because the brightest spot of contrast is where the light hits his arm. Puzzled over whether i could put the light on his face for a while but it just didn't have the same feel when I did, so it's a minor sacrifice hopefully. Glad you like the piece and thank you for the feedback!
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Nowio Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:)
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keight Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Beautiful, Sam, simply beautiful.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Kate :)
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FatesLabyrinth Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Great work, i really like the feeling of depth you were able to achieve.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
This is off-the-charts good.

It's a visual punch in the gut. Excellent.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Chris! This is such an exciting development for me. So, so glad I took your course and I cannot wait to start my AA from scratch with this knowledge (rather than fudging it like I did here!)
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Kamakru Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
This is really gorgeous, Zephyri! Your use of colors and tones, light and dark values are so balanced, and I love how the upper-part of the hunter is lit with the bottom half melding into the dark. You did great making sure that the focal point stays on the hunter and companion, and even though there are a lot of things in the background to look at, it doesn't detract from the two characters. Wonderful piece, and very inspiring! =]
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