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Cats have Guardian Angels too by Adreanna Cats have Guardian Angels too by Adreanna
This picture came about due to ~Flydian's imagined 100th pageview.
By the end of the conversation we decided I hadn't promised him a drawing of a feline after all, but the image was already settled in my mind, so here it is.
I figure an imaginary feline is quite fitting for an imagined pageview!

It's quite rough since I was trying to get the idea down as quickly as possible. I'll come back to it when I either (a) improve at using PSP or (b) get some decent colouring materials.
It's a quick pencil sketch, coloured in Paint Shop Pro, and took about 5 hours from conception to completion.



And I'm still going to wring his neck if I ever actually meet the scrawny little elf.

Edit: I've darkened the background a bit and made the panther seem more transparent where he is in front of the smaller cat. I've also tried blurring the panther a bit, but it's not really that noticeable. Oh, and I did some plastic surgey on his snout too... to make him look less starved!
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ChocoboDragon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2006
Great concept! I love how you've drawn the panther, it looks like it won't let anything hurt that cat. :D
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Yes, he's a panther protector! (As minion-for-hire called him ;P )

I'm glad you like it!
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Flydian Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006
But I inspired you! That makes me your muse!
You wouldn't hurt a muse would you?
This muse can run pretty fast too.

I like the entwining of the figures. A little blurring/fuzzing on a seperate layer for the cougar might help. Only the large cat's snout is a bit too long. I agree with Minion, awesome job...

anviolenceisbad!
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Hurting my muse might be a bad move...

Alright, I'll reconsider.

I'll try out the blurring and see if I can adjust the big cat's face (It does seem a little... gaunt... now that I look at it). Thanks for the suggestions.
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Flydian Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006
The blurring was only a maybe. Another maybe: Darker colors for the background. Maybe darker colors would make the kitty seem more scared/vulnerable thereby justifying the "angel" being present/visible.
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006   Artisan Crafter
I've tried out some of the maybes. This is the combination I think worked out best. What do you think?
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Flydian Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2006
?Que? !No miro un combinacion! Are you saying that the existing pic is the best? If so, cool!
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2006   Artisan Crafter
That's what I was saying, yes.
It's a combination of darker background, more blurred panther, larger snout, etc.
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minion-for-hire Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006
I like the imagined feline. I especially like the glowing green effect on its teeth which look so well and manage to stand out from the more natural greens of the background. I love the idea that a cat might hava a panther protector. (Try saying that fast ten times!)

The difference in techniques between the panter and the cat it stands over is pretty cool, and it stands out really well to emphasise the difference between the real, earthy domesticated cat and the imagined, ethereal and wild panther that watches over it. I really like the grass and the transparancy effects. The double shadow is just brilliant.

It looks to me like a slight homage to one of your own works, "Only half a step behind." I don't know if that is generally accepted as the done thing to do self-homage, but then again, if you don't respect yourself, how can you expect anyone else to?

I am saddened indeed by the fact that I lack the leet skills of stopping violence at a glance. Once again you show an aptitude I cannot aspire to... Although in my defence, a "glance" accross the Irish Sea, Britain, the North Sea, Norway and most of Sweden might lose a bit of potency by comparison to one from a yard away...
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006   Artisan Crafter
I did try saying that ten times fast. It sounded more like "panto projector" by the end of it. I wouldn't call this piece a homage, more a return to one of my favourite themes. I was originally going to have the cat imagining itself to be a panther but when I was finished it looked too much like a seperate being.

The evil-eye emoticon lacks much of the impact of a real life stare. You should note, however, that there has been no killing yet and that I am highly unlikely to meet Flydian before I forget about this whole thing. (And it's even less likely that he'll tell me who he is, after that threat!)
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minion-for-hire Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006
It wasn't intended to sound like anything particular, it was just a tongue twister. At least I had difficulty pronouncing it.

I like the theme. I was just intrigued by the fact that you had repeated it. I'd love to see more of this stuff.

Your comment about the evil eye is fair enough. It was me doing the best I could. I realise you are unlikely to actually carry out your threat, and also I am aware of the distance between Sweden and the United States. I was just trying to make some joke of it. It was of poor quality. Sorry.
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006   Artisan Crafter
And I was saying that I had difficulty pronouncing it too... so much so that it came out sounding like "panto projector" at the end! (Perhaps if I'd added an exclamation mark the first time the feeling might have been clearer?) Also, I did appreciate the joke, perhaps I just carried it on too long.

Anyway, I've fiddled with the picture some. What do you think? Better or worse?
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minion-for-hire Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006
Also, youhave seen my sig, right? This is another example of that.
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minion-for-hire Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006
I'm sorry. Not sure why I've been taking things as criticism lately when they really weren't. (That is to say I'm not sure what is making me take things as criticism this time...) I'm not much good at interpreting what people mean online, and have taken things badly before. Sorry :(

The picture looks better... I still like the eyes, both sets. The Kitty's eyes are great, as it looks sort of dreamy or aspirational: "When I grow up, I want to be a panther, too!" The changes are nice and subtle, but they definately help. The Angel looks like it is a very definate protection, and yet it still looks brilliantly ethereal. I really like the mystical imagery. It looks brilliant as you contrast the innocuous looking very solid Kitty with the mighty looking, but insubstantial panther.

One thing I've often thought about Angels is that they are a reflection of something within yourself. In this case, the Kitty's spirit is far more powerful than the cat itself looks. Its a strong core to the cat's personality that leaves the little creature deceptively strong and determined. Or at least this is something that occurs to me. I don't know if that makes any sense to you.

A line from a sermon I once heard occurs to me, not quite sure why. A man is meeting with God, looking at his lilfe as a series of tracks on a beach. He notices there are at times two sets of tracks, and asks God about this. God tells him that he walked with him. Angrily, the man notices that at the hardest times in his life, there is but a singel set of tracks, and accuses God of having deserted him when he needed it. God merely smiles at him and says look again. When times were hard, I carried you through them. When times were easy, you walked on your own feet beside me. :please:

P.S. Your Mystical Pegasus is nearly finished. :floating: I'll try to post it up for you tomorrow, the camera I've been using has been taken for other purposes...
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Windwalking Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2006
Liking the Idea. You just need to work on showing that the big cat is gohstly like. But still very good idea and pose.
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the comment. I'm going to try a blurring layer over the big cat and see if that makes it look less real.
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Windwalking Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006
should work :D
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006   Artisan Crafter
I've fiddled with the picture a bit. I've made the panther more transparent where he crosses the kitty (among other things).

I'd appreciate any feedback, since you saw it before as well, so... better or worse?
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Windwalking Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006
Yes, thats much better now. Good work.
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