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Precipice of Light by KatieHofgard Precipice of Light by KatieHofgard
In the forest, the thick canopy blocks out any beams of light, making the forest floor a very dark and dimly lit place to be. What a sight it must be to emerge onto this edge and into the light! A commission for Spotticus, which was an immense pleasure to paint. It took a lot longer than other full illustrations because of how precise I wanted the foliage to be. It got a little complex, treating each plant part as an individual object to be considered and lit and rendered.

43 hours in Photoshop with an Intuos 3 tablet
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:iconazzacanth:
azzacanth Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist
lovely!
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:iconthematrix123:
thematrix123 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
That is an Amazing piece of art! Bravo!
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Kaishanborn Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
On a scale of 1-10, how difficult was it to make this?
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It was pretty difficult at the time!  But I think it was more about how long it took than th effort/difficulty of puzzling it out and getting things to look right.  So in effort, probably 10.  Difficulty, maybe 4? 
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Splash-Bass Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Woah!
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fancidots Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
crazy in love with this!  do you have any of Bengal cats or Asian Leopard cats?  This one looks to be a Serval.  
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Whoa awesome!
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whistlebird Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
You way of using color and light is awe-inspiring.  And I absolutely love all your anthros.  So beautiful!
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Crystal-The-Vixen Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
details are wonderful.
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DonKarnage1 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
This is great work. I love what you do. :)

Continue to amaze use with your creation.
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sabarika Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Nym, I don't normally comment on your pieces because I believe they speak for themselves so well. I know this is a bit old but I so infrequently spend the time just browsing my favorite artists' entire galleries and had to stop at this one.
I wanted to mention how much I've loved watching your art evolve as well as how complex you've driven your works to be. Not simply because of the backgrounds or compositions, but how you push yourself for the most interesting and unique perspectives and angles to best display the character and portray the mood of the piece! I keep coming back to this for many reasons, some of which I thought I'd share. First I am drawn to how well you cast the shadows on everything, and especially the use of shadows on the character. The hand holding the leaf up catches my interest because it is not in an expected position as far as I imagine most artists would place it, but it is so naturally placed--lifting the leaf by the back of the hand as someone would in real life, something I find overlooked in the details of people's art with their attempts to achieve the most interesting yet not always accurate poses. Using the back of the hand and the shadow placement so accurately--finger tips and leading edges in light, while the shadows do not drown out the detail as some often assume it would--you clearly know the depths and opacities of the shadows you paint, foliage often NOT creating a deep shadow due to being somewhat translucent. The green tint just adds to this, so accurate. Same goes for your use of shading the eyes and the shadows immersing the character, understanding the levels of light each leaf would place on it and not making it too dark since the ambience is during daylight and in bright sun versus muted tones. The perspective of the character lifting themselves up is great, I can almost see the perspective lines one would use to achieve the distancing effects. A personal suggestion would be perhaps a slight darkening of shadows from the figure waist down as it appears deeper in the brush, but I do notice it's almost not super dark in there too so super opaque shadows would probably look weird, you know best! That's just me. :D The play of reflected light IN the shadows on the figure's torso look great, as with the arms (especially the raised arm) and I just..I don't know. I love it. I am so impressed by how much effort you put into each piece and how you are so able to contain the emotion within the limitations of realism you invest (well they don't limit you, clearly!). I could only hope to achieve that some day! Lots of effort, lots of time I know! I just wanted to point it out since I love seeing all your work and I don't much comment on it, but I really appreciate the amount of knowledge you clearly have and utilize on spacial awareness, anatomy, lighting (and not just basic shadows and highlights but reflected light, tints, placement, opacity etc), structure and environment. I can very much see your art being cover art for books or movies simply because of your attention to details (the skin of the extended claws on the toes!). Sorry to ramble, it just pleases me so much to see an artist who doesn't shortchange themselves to do commissions (well, maybe just a bit, your art can be worth so much) and who puts so much effort into anything--be it commissioned, freelance hiring, or personal. I love it!!
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I got this comment last night while I was streaming, and had a hard time not tearing up when I read it. I had to think about how I would respond, because this wall of amazing words makes my heart swell!

I made this painting after studying some chapters in James Gurney's 'Light and Color' book about foliage, light, and the problems with painting in green hues. So the fact that you noticed without knowing what I had been studying and how I implemented it here makes me SO DAMN HAPPY. There was a lot of thinking that went into making this, it's the unseen part of making a painting, and it's thrilling to know it shows. <3

I think you are right about the darker areas in the shadows actually! Looking back on this, a few subtle gradients would have done this good. It would show "light falloff" a bit more, and give a sense of depth. Something I'll try to implement in the future, I really appreciate you pointing that out!

Anyway, I really appreciate the amount of thought your comment took. Thank you for everything, you rock, and you made my day so much brighter!
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Antiquity-Varmint Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank god I bought two of the James Gurney books. Color and light, and Imaginative Realism. Is there any more of his books that I missed?

I hope to be good as you are at the digital painting someday. This is my first time talking to you right now.

I may not be very talky and I'm a man of few words… So, You're damn way too outstanding… lol
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not that I know of!  I know he has more books, but not all of them instructional.  Those are well worth it too if you ask me.  =)
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Jaguatirica02 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
amazing! I'd like to draw like you, I love it. The character and the background are perfect and gorgeous
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Silver-Zabrak Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... Just wow.
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nk-chan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most gorgeous greenery, so clean and painty and perfect augggh. ;3;
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DJsoundtrack123 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
nice furry
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Foxolive Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazinng, wonderful, beautiful, incredible... Not enough words to explain the beauty of not only this, but all your art. All the detail and all the effort is visible.. And I just think you're amazing. Please keep doing what you're doing! :iconluvluvplz:
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thank you! Yeah, I'll for sure keep making more art, hopefully stuff as extensive as this one it again some time soon too. =)
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Foxolive Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconiloveitplz:
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Nice.
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NinthTome Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I love this...There's something innocent about this.
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xSterlingSilver Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I love every single detail about this. The lighting, the water in the background, the texture of the rocks, the roots emerging from the jungle... and those little flowers poking up from all of those plants. It's all so spectacular! Seeing this truly made my day.
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you so very much! This was very fun to paint, I'm glad others enjoy it too. =)
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Aniki-Yoshi Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My god, this is incredible!
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stocking12 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this is just art i could never do...
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SolarDaemon Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely stunning <3 Your art is breathtaking!
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Dr38dn0ught Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! That is beyond amazing O:
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SIMONA22 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
THIS IS EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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maria-mar Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Your artwork is always amazing, but this has to be your best piece so far.
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MarieCherieBlossom Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Gorgeous. O_O
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MischievousPooka Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Great detail and composition.
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You really understand lighting and reflected light so well. I am so impressed by this :). I love especially the moment where the light from the leaf above his head tinges it green....so lovely.
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Zarryberry Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh my god oAo

The lighting is absolutely fantastic! And the fur texture, geez!

My favourite bit though has to be the atmospheric perspective. You pulled it off beautifully!

Amazing work!
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Silkkat Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very detailed, In love with this
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kwonshucutie Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love all of the detail and color! Beautiful!
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veinne Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
truly breathtaking. :O
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itachixsakura7777 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
amazing :wow:
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Catyack Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Why is this not a DD yet?
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:iconakimune:
Akimune Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So wonderful this piece is. <3
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JaguarGal Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Now that looks like a fun place to frolic around in!

I love your foresty scenes, the lighting and shadows always look so -right- :heart:
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tigerlilyv Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   General Artist
Beautiful lighting and setting. :heart:
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DreamsOfSilverWolfs Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful i love how real your picture looks.. :D
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Totem-pole Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
This is beautiful!! I absolutely love it! :D
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Ali-C-05 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student General Artist
well the extra time and effort definitely paid off! :) This is amazing! The lighting looks faultless and the detail is fantastic :D really lovely
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liger0schnider Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
This is amazing!
Background looks beautiful!
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AerynOustinne Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love all the detail you put into this image.

The time spent really does show through!
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MagiDrakie Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Looks good, except for the fact its arms are wicked long compared to the short stumpy legs. Monkey Cat?
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Foreshortening actually, hahaha!
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