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Don't worry, the kitties won't get dissected. Well. At least one of them won't.

Anya's Past for the series of TPR Calendar Paintings.

Anya Katsukova from my graphic novel The Phoenix Requiem [link]

Edited a bit

Medium: Photoshop CS3
Time: ~6 hours
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:iconprofutur1971:
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image! Beauty, charmed and originality ! Good job ![link]
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morriganstock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
This is beautiful! I am a huge fan of The Phoenix Requiem! And I love the outfits Anya wears! Wish I had them all!
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Wandererofthestars Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this must have been when she was still studying to be a nurse...?
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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful and wow, each one of your pictures is even more stunning than the previous one and I want to comment on all of them and I know I should yet I am sparce on time at the moment. However I want you to know that I am majorly impressed and every single image is so professional and beautiful! I love how this has such vivid colors and the way your shaded this is beautiful, especially the folds and sweeping fabric of her dress. I really wish I could learn to shade like this...by any chance could you possibly explain how you go about that(if you don't want to, that's totally fine. I've been finding many tutorials on DA but for some reason I still don't get how to make the shades blend together by using the brush). Anyways this is gorgeous, I love the playful kitties and how it captures a sweet, happy, child-like moment :)
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Aotearoa-Girl Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Kittens AND books?!?!?!?!
This is my sort of picture!! ;3
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:iconsuperrina:
SuperRina Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Every little girl should have jars of dead things in formaldehyde on her windowsill... xD
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:iconnkiru:
nkiru Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
How you use colours is just wonderful. I love the atmosphere you've created in this artwork. :aww:
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:iconoptipessimist:
optipessimist Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, so cute! :)
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S-a-k-u-r-a-Haruno Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW looks so good *_* <3
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storm-nightie Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
6 hours?! O.o *dying*
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neongir1 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this picture, it is sooo cute! You are such an amazing and talented artist. I especially love this picture because I study anatomy with my cat all the time since I am studying to be a nurse. Amazing piece of artwork
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Shadow-911 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
O.o dissection -grabs kittens and runs-
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:iconzandam:
zandam Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Beautiful work :)
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:iconthiaminatenn:
ThiaminaTenn Featured By Owner May 31, 2010   Digital Artist
a wonderful catch of a moment! nothing more to say...
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:iconcat-whiskers:
cat-whiskers Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaw, those kittens look so fuzzy and soft...
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chocolatephantom Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
really adorable :) and very well drawn, as your works always are
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d-a-n-e Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Student General Artist
Maybe it's just me but Anya's ears seem a bit high on the head. (I don't think it's baby fat as SapphiraHiro suggested.) I come [came? when was the last time i drew something *grumble*] across this problem allot when I work from my mind. I don't mean to criticize- (damned if i could better.) but It's the artist in us all that should push each other to be our best selves.

much love,
d-a-n-e
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Ghost09a1 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Professional Artist
I just love your colourwork.

Why can't Dex do it so great.
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zknsh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
very very great
thanks alooot
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PurpleBookLover Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
It's so beautiful! Very realistic and lovely. And for some reason I really love those curtains. Nice to see Anya smiling for a change. I read a bit of your comic and now I'm hooked. I've gotten all the way from the beginning to chapter 8 in one afternoon! Great story!
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x-turner-x Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
I bet you can guess what my comment will be. Your rendering of the curtains make them look pointed as they turn. Soften the edges! They are almost the least important part of the picture. Hard edges grab attention! You don't want me spending my time examining the curtains. That isn't what this piece is about and frankly I think curtains are boring in most situations.

Soften the tree trunk outside, the wrinkles on her skirt and the FORM shadow on her arm.

Form shadows have soft edges XD. Cast shadows are where hard edges come into play and even then those get softer as the shadow moves away from the object casting it. Think in terms of 3D: highlight, mid tone, core shadow, shadow and reflected light. That's how you get objects to turn. You could benefit from applying it to the figure.

Her feet look carved out of wood. Feet are kinda of in the same boat with hands. Viewers eyes are attracted to them. They are worth nailing. But, of course, they don't come before hands and faces so use softer edges on them. XD

Your values are excellent.

The kittens are adorable and done very well. However I question the pads on the arm extended on the kitten standing up. Cats have a pad for a thumb and I think they have four toes, not three. (Unless I'm wrong or your kitten has a birth defect.)
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Heavens-Chosen Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009   Writer
I like how Anya's past is so laid back compared to the other 3.

Hooker, nutjob, soldier...

...cats.

Hm.

:P

-BlackRapier
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LuGardin Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Ah! this is beautiful. I've read Inverloch and am currently reading this comic. I really admire your work.
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Vampiressartist Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, how beautiful!
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NoxA15 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You still surprise me - Your art is better and better. :)
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luxxiz Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Great
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melovebeanpole Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
aaaaahh! nuuuuuuuuuuu! save te kitteh!

that is the happies ive ever seen her. guess she likes cats. or anatomy. or both. or a cats anatomy. ew :O_o:
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quidrides Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Hmm, she reminds me of Ginnifer Goodwin for some reason...
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sztewe Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Beutiful work.
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Phantom-Jaselin Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This is very nice, I like the little cat curled up at her feet.
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Faerunner Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I lovelovelove this! Anya looks so cute!

My sole criticism is also about kitty paws, though. I didn't so much notice the forepaws being off (now that I take a second glance, I notice what others have said) but the right hindpaw/leg seems a little elongated and the toes aren't quite right. He looks like he'd be off-balance, kinda. In my experience, cats don't often sit full back on their haunches when jumping up after something, unless their weight is really far back, and this kitten's center of balance isn't quite that far back, or shouldn't be, considering the position of the ribbon he's chasing (in front of him, not directly above where he'd have to stretch). Usually they keep their heels off the ground and stay on their toes.
Here ([link]) is kitty on haunches.
Here ([link]) is kitten chasing string - slightly off his heels because he's reaching forward. I think it'd also add a bit more action to the kitten, 'cause right now he looks kinda static. I wish I could find ya a better reference image, but I'm sure you'll get the idea.
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Faerunner Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
*note *usually*. My cats (who gladly subjected themselves to experimentation upon presentation of some string XD) occasionally settle back like that once they've caught the string. So I guess it depends on whether your kitten in the picture is jumping for the string, or has already jumped and is trying to catch his balance for another go?

Whatever. I didn't mean to babble... It's still cute! :3
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CracklingWings Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<3 I love the way you use digital media as if it were old fashioned, traditional media and how you apply actual artistic devices to what you do, giving everything I've seen from you such a classic, real look while being completely engulfed in this gorgeous fantasy structure. Well done :)
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Neosun7 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
Beautiful! A wonderful view into her history!
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ghostphoenix Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
so fuzzy! :P
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FowlHunter Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
Oh, this is so beautiful ... I can't believe this took you 6 hours. It has such a lovely canvas-y feel to it. Do you know how to paint manually as well?
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artsangel Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, but I've not done it in a long time :)
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DragonLover2000 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Student General Artist
That looks great! I love the kittens, they look so cute!
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buttersweet Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
Siamese kitten! o_o
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ChickChicky Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Student General Artist
wow love the dress and save teh kittehs DX
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frostcrystal Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eee. Pretty. Where did you get the curtain patterns from? They're gorgeous. :3
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:iconartsangel:
artsangel Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a brush I made for a dress of Anya's in some yet-to-be-seen comic pages. I decided to reuse it :)
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frostcrystal Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah. =D Reuse is always awesome.
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Vesperai Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
This painting made me absolutely fall in love with you :D
The lighting is so dreamy yet realistic, and the overall mood just makes me think of home.
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AniDragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, wow... There's just so much detail in this that I don't even know where to start! The curtains, her dress, the jars on the windowsill... (And, of course, the adorable kittens. XD) Just gorgeous! :D
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sakuralioness Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
my what big paws you have kitty lol love the deep bule you have for her love
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Yiehtk Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
I always like how your digital paintings look like they were on canvas. It's such a pretty texture to give a digital painitng a better feel.
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Rern Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
I want this calender so bad when it comes out. <3
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Unmeimiru Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
mrew.

i loves kitties.
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crownmarionette Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
This is quite pretty; I really like your close attention to details and ability to draw human figures so nicely. The kittens are an adorable touch -- I'm especially enamored with the sleeping one.
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