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Cougar Canyon by darknatasha Cougar Canyon by darknatasha
A black and white print from one of my old portfolios that I finally got around to coloring. Cougars are such beautiful animals and felt this one would look good in the red rocks.

Mixed Media acrylic inks marker color pencil.
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Given 2010-12-03
Cougar Canyon by *darknatasha. "I feel like this stunning piece has so much time invested in it...I've never seen something so spectacularly beautiful! It looks like I can reach out and run my hands through the fur!" ( Suggested by SanguineEpitaph and Featured by Pixel-Spotlight )
Teoricao846 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant
Lovely. You have created an aura around this cougar that demonstrates the power that I so admire in this animal. You are an amazing artist.
CleverDjnni Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
You capture the grace and power of these cats magnificently! 
blazingshambles Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Three Wolf Moon cowers and piddles.
sbbelknap03 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great detail!
Jagcat89 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is one of my favorites of yours! I love how it looks like he's waiting to strike
RichTheWolf257 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh purr...
Amu99b Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
You are so amazing! How you can draw basically all wereanimals! I wish i could draw like you...
ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Very well done job. :thumbsup:
00danX Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Well done dis is nice
ElRinaZuza Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
As I said - I love your talent! I love the Anthro genre in art! I love jaguars and all other big cats! So I think that it is a fantastic artwork!
Mystic-Cheetah Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Richness of scenery indeed! The color contrasts between all the different pieces make this one seem really good as well. It's the detailing on the fur and the canyon walls that really does it.
EmmonArts Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This, I love <3
Pure awesome.
BeadyEyedGirl Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
he looks confident... i love it!!
Pan-Zareta Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice kitty I love how you rendered the fur, it really does look three dimensional. I want to grab a brush and make him purr.
Broadwinger Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, the detail is absolutely stunning. I wish I could draw like that!
faster-by-choice Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, ~darknatasha, how do you do it...each and every anthro picture of yours is so amazing! I really adore this one :heart:
Tykaia Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Love it! The look in the eyes is amazing!
lionrunestudios Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
just breathtaking ! the fur is so VERY well done.
tis a fave from me
My-inner-emo46176 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. It's very pretty. :)
elynsynos-haruka Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Oh wow! She's gorgeous!!
Lavablaze707 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
This is a very nice Picture, Keep up with this art :)
James-the-Desert Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
sister-in-arms Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Student General Artist
valdinekayne Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
love this!!
TomiTapio Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work!
UnusualSpectra Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist
I love cougars, and their easy grace. I think you captured that well in this picture. It's amazing how detailed you made the fur, and I love his intricate trinkets and jewelery.


Manjaro-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student General Artist
So Amazing :D
noirre Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Student Filmographer
INSANE amount of tiny details. This just has to be loved.
Black-Feather Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Amazing pretty. I love the details in him!
monstermaster13 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic, this piece just has epic written all over it - i mean look at that form, stunning, magnificent, brilliant, inspirational.
Silverserri Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Pretty O.O *faves*
Lupina24 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
this is fantastic, I like how it look animalistic with some humanoid features it just melds together quite nicely. the red background really pops the cougar. Just stunning.
scarletcougar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
This is love...
EyeKissa Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Wow you deserve even more attention than what you have received. This is just incredible. I can't even imagine the hours upon hours you spent on this (I am sure it was weeks xD this is just amazing. you can see every line in the fur and everything looks so real, especially the back ground. The back ground really pops out the character!
IAmTheUnison Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This reminds me of the Native American legends of how Shamans would turn themselves into the animals of the surrounding wilderness in order to unite themselves with the Spirit of Nature.
blaming94 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
BIGSHANEK Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
beautiful work!
Chibi-chan88 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I looove cougars!! Absolutely gorgeous!!
Not surprising this got a DD! Congrats! :3
foxes76133 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
I didn't know you were on DeviantArt Miss Natasha! I really like your artwork so it was a surprise you were here as well.

Have you seen my gallery, can you give me a few pointers on Mixed Media?
Constraticron Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Getting a real 'tribal' vibe from this piece.
Awesome job.
MidnightCambion Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely very beautifully done, and highly impressive considering this is done in traditional media. I don't know if I've ever seen someone use paint, marker and pencil all in the same image. Very, very nice combo. :)

And I honestly hate to say anything even slightly critical of the image, but as gorgeous as the fur looks, I think maybe you went a little overboard with the texture...and I know how easy it is to do that when you feel the space the figure is occupying looks too plain. This is only my opinion as an artist, so please don't take it personally; rather, take with a big grain of salt. It looks almost like the head isn't part of the body because the fur and texture on the cougar's head is so smooth, while its body looks fluffy and almost feathery. I think it conflicts a tiny bit with the background since you made the scenery so very nicely and heavily detailed. I only say this because I wouldn't want to see attention drawn away from the stunning work on the figure himself, but at the same time, I wouldn't want attention to be drawn away from the beauty of the scenery.

That's just me, though. Definitely a beautiful piece and one of few I've seen worthy of a DD ranking. :)
GlassDrakaina Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Congrats on the DD. This piece definitely deserves it.
Neiot Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect face, perfect detail, perfect everything.

I've always loved these magnificent wild cats.
amon-ra-chibi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
TheMobiusMan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
PFFFF... right arm parallax...
beachelf Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
:clap: :iconbummy1: Awesome! :iconbummy1: :clap:
Bellaura Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student General Artist
It reminds me of "Avatar" movie. :XD:
Love it!
LeadHeart787 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
There's something different about this wonderful piece than other anthropoid creations; This one has a more realistic feel to it, and as many others have said I just want to reach out and brush the fur...This is beautifully executed, very wonderous work!
Constrosity Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it mate
Chrysshart Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work! The fur is so fluffy and You've done an excellent job of differentiating the various textures. Congratulations on a very well-deserved DD!
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