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Forest Spot by Avalik Forest Spot by Avalik
Worked on this for someone I know, did it to cheer her up a bit. Reference of pose and dress was a photograph of her (which is why I can't cite it, privacy reasons).

Oddly enough the background and foreground are what are personal to me in this piece... despite that part being mostly a photomanipulation. Which by the way, have to make this clear: background and foreground are mostly a photomanipulation. The lioness is not. I may eventually get around to painting the background, but I doubt it.

Process and/or Replay

You can see the process at this deviation:



Medium: Digital - iScribble and Gimp
Time: 50+ hours

REFERENCES
Pose and dress referenced; unavailable.
Lioness head: Lioness sitting in grass by Raimund Linke
Lioness tail: Lioness (8 years) - Panthera by Eric Isselée

STOCK
My own textures; unavailable.
Background and foreground: Enchanted Forest Premade by ~frozenstocks

NOT for sale, sorry
Size: 569 x 745 pixels

NO prints, sorry

ART USAGE TERMS for Forest Spot
Forest Spot is copyright to Adele "Avalik" Johnson.
Please do not use Forest Spot at all for derivative works.

Specific terms: You may copy, perform, display and distribute this piece on and off deviantART for any use however photomanipulations of any kind including but not limited to cropping, adding text, scaling, and filtering is prohibited. Please ask prior if you wish to photomanipulate it. You do not have to include a link back or credit when displaying, but it is appreciated.

No derivative works permitted.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-10-30
Forest Spot by =Avalik. A simply stunning piece of art from a great artist, who will be missed.

What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature? Be respectful. Especially towards an artist who is no longer around to defend themselves. ( Featured by Pixel-Spotlight )
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12345jurijwolf Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student
nice
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Tobeabetterfriend Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Adele was a very sweet girl with a big heart - i did not know her on devianart until she sent me a link to her pictures shortly before she passed. Im saddened i did not get to fully express how wonderful her work was - we take for granted what we dont say thinking we can later. She made this for a friend in need during a time she was clearly struggling herself - which goes to show you how important people were to her. It turns out she was in much greater need of a friend herself. Dear girl, I'm sorry I failed you. I always felt that good things would come if you were able to ride the storm a little longer. If anyone knows what became of her beloved ferrets please let me know. If they need a home I'd love to be help. I noticed some comments (among the many wonderful ones) are very cruel and dispresepctful. Please remember her family and friends look to these pages to remember some of the things Adele loved and this is not a place for you to cyber bully anyone. And for those friends and loved ones reading please disregard those people - they don't know her at all and are merely sad individuals in need of help themselves if they find amusement in others misfortune. Rest in peace Adele - and thank you for giving your heart so freely.
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jboweruk Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
So sad to think this was her last work. It's a lovely piece too, RIP Adele. :(
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Sounddrive Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
My goodness, I really do like how the lioness is drawn and the BG, but I'm also sad that the artist isn't here anymore.

Well, wherever she may be, R.I.P.
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AnnaKlava Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone, she passed away a year ago. This picture was created a few days before she died. RIP. :rose:
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lulles Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
do you know why she passed away?
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AnnaKlava Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She committed suicide.
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Mirria1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D: why would she do that?
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AnnaKlava Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know. I think it was mentioned in the comments or her journals that her parents were neglectful or abusive...
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Mirria1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh. that must have really sucked. :( i feel for her. RIP :rose: hope shes in a better place now.
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kittykatie101 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Wow,Can you draw and color a pose for me? judging by this you are fantastic!
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Umbras Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She died, sadly. :rose:

Please read the DD tag carefully.
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Saphire1515 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
I- I... I just can't put into words how this picture is... It's just so... Beautiful. I can't even think of anything else to say... It forms together so well and it just looks so... Wow...
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Vineruu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats too cool.
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:iconjboweruk:
jboweruk Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
That's sad, this is an incredible piece. At least her legacy will live on..... RIP Avalik :(
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ive1always1loved1you Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
this is beautiful :iconhappytearsplz: i wish you were still here to see this :iconimsorryplz: it broke my heart when i heard of your death :iconbrokenheartplz: rest in peace, i hope your happy whereever you are :iconhuggleplz:
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emmett-and-me Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That is beautiful! I love it!!
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
The clothing colouring makes it look like satin or slippery and even though it makes me feel weird but it seems the necklace is not attached to the neck. But then again, the light could be from the other direction or all over. I also like the hard coloured flora in the foreground.
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withalldooffense Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
This is such a tragedy!!!

It seems I have run out of potato chips!!Now I have to go get some more :(
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DreamCyberium Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey man, you could at least say something about the art. Just saying.
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Kittycat911666 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Wow, i loved her art work. We never talked though. I really hope she's in a better place now. Her art work seems to speak to me of emotions that one may not see all the time. Maybe they where small hints , maybe not. I am not quite sure. But i do wish she's in a better place than this hell-hole called earth. May she Rest in Peace. <3
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FuckPsychoSketch Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Wow...herself is popular. She had great family and friends...until she did suicide.

I don't understand why...if you had wonderful living and then decide to take your own life.:|

Please don't think I am outrage rude...I am trying to understand. thanks (:
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withalldooffense Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
I wonder what her feline Vag looks like? Do you think it taste good?
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TommyGK Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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Cullencrazedandjacob Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Your disgusting comments are not needed. Considering the artist is now deceased, and she will be missed very much
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withalldooffense Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Condsidering the only reason she will be missed is because of the fact that she is dead!
Herp a derp derp
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FreakyShadows Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
She is missed because she was a good friend to many of us. Really, if you have nothing nice to say than please do everyone a favour and keep your fucking mouth shut. Thanks <3
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withalldooffense Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Herp a derp? Derp derp herp! Herderp herpderp derp herp....herpedy herp derp herped.

Thats all I could understand. Im sorry I do not speak the Derp language.
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FreakyShadows Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
wow you're so funny :D
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withalldooffense Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Thank You!!
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FreakyShadows Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
herpderp? herpaderp derp? Derpherpherpderp? Derp? Herp? Herpderpherpderp? Wow! I didn't know you spoke the language you claimed not to understand! I do love internet books and their oh so synthetic covers.
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Jace-Z Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
I find that one of the main reasons a DD is given is to make the artist happy. Since =Avalik is not with us anymore (rest her soul), I really didn't see the point in making it a DD. I'm not trying to bash here, but the piece is honestly not all that DD-worthy. The lighting between the photo background and the painted tigress is off, and the dress looks like it was pasted onto the body and touched up a bit to make it fit. The anatomy of the breasts could also use some fixing. Yes, I see the WIP shots, but the whole thing looks a bit... awkward.
=Avalik is a fine artist, who, while I did not know her, seemed like a very kind person and who will be dearly missed in this community. However this does not mean that her art should get a DD simply because she is dead and people should mourn her.
I also do not appreciate the hate comments, and how everyone is calling her a coward for committing suicide and treating her death like it was a stunt to get more views. At the same time the deviants who give honest, thoughtful critique are being harassed because of their opinions. Sure, she is not here anymore to receive and respond to your critiques, but you can still make them. This goes out especially to you, ~Squidfist. Thank you for being honest and assertive, and fuck all of you who pooh-poohed him for doing so.
I'm sure Merry had her reasons for selecting this piece as a DD. I honestly hope that none of them were "because it's sad that she died."
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ive1always1loved1you Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
i think it looks good, but i guess everyone has the right to their opinion :shrug: still havent you ever heard of the saying if you cant say anything nice dont say anything at all? well follow it.
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IcyPheonix Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Student General Artist
It's a lioness, not a tigress, hence the, lack of stripes and sandy fur.
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Jace-Z Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Out of that entire argument
you chose to pick out the most insignificant typo.
All I can say is "wow."
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Squidfist Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
No, thank YOU for being reasonable, and not jumping to all sorts of conclusions.

Quite a fine post.
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Jace-Z Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Thank you :bow:

I try. :la:
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staple-salad Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
I can't believe she's not here.

I mean, I barely knew her, but all my memories are positive. I'm still having a hard time grasping that she's gone. :(

Fantastic artist and person.
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Iceheart-the-cat Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
aw, sooo cute!~
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CinderFox73095 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist
I do not respect people who commit suicide.
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AshiraAngel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure that just breaks her poor dead heart.
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CinderFox73095 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist
Yup.
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Silver-MoonNight Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hm... I'm not a fan of furry or any sort of half human; half animal thingy. But I don't think this deviation is bad. Despite all the hate comments down here, I like the expression of the lioness. It has kinda calm expression. Well, if you see what I see. But I don't think some people down here do.

What can I say? Not everyone is perfect. :shrug:
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albinoraven666fanart Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well, one of my friends had a journal based on the conversations going on with the commenting on this image.

First, I want to say RIP. I didn't know you, never will, but I hope you rest in peace in whatever afterlife you might have hoped for.

Second, I will give a balance critique. Over all, the anatomy is very well done, and I like the way animal features were incorporated into the female form. I feel that the torso, just under the breasts, looks in a way disconnected from the rest of her body. you can tell they are not on the same layer, and that threw me off a bit. I do find the subject matter uninteresting, but over all it is a beautiful piece of work. I particularly am fond of the attention to detail in the fur.

Third, I would like to address this little debate going on. I think its pretty clear that this is not a faked death for a publicity stunt. So people should REALLY stop making arguments for the sake of making arguments. It falls under the category of hating something just because everyone thinks its cool; it's just immature and irritating. The artist is dead, so stop being a douche bag and show some respect. You can be against suicide, and it might make you upset that this person killed themselves. But don't take it out on their DD. It's offensive, rude, and over all unnecessary because they aren't going to see it anyway. It's not like you bitching is going to make them take the DD away. so just stop.

On the other hand, however, I am going to say that everyone has the right to critique. I do not feel that squidfists critique was unreasonable. I'm an art student who gets ripped at by professors all the time; it's a part of the art world and people either deal with it or change their area of study.
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chibi-cupcake Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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thomasms Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
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Inku-inku Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
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AshiraAngel Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You'd think if she wanted critique, the artist would ask for it, hm?

For those of you who didn't get it, I know she's dead. That's the point. Rest in peace, darling...
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I cannot believe Merry had to edit this DD description because of all the hate. Seriously, people... Grow the hell up. There is a difference between disagreeing with the feature and flame/throw hate on the artist/artwork like people are doing. ;___;
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