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Owl Totem by kaio89 Owl Totem by kaio89
I worked on this for the last few weeks, it went through a few stages. I wanted to practice some animals and get some kind of interesting composition. Originally it started as a thumbnail sketch, but I somehow just kept painting. I don't think I'll add colours later, I like it as is.

Oh, and there's a whole music playlist behind this picture, I think I'll update this description later and add it here.
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SE09 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is sick!! got all my fave animals in it 
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude!
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Krayzmond Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome.
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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o--kAne101--o Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
this is amazing. congratulations.
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again :) This is one of my favourite pieces so far.
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cemac Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
I have included this wonderful artwork in the new feature for June 2013 on the front of the :icondigitaldelights: journal. Please :+fav: the journal so that more members will see your art and thank you for being a member :heart:
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kaio89 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. Thank you! Just faved it :)
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cemac Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
A lovely artwork and thank you :)
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cemac Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
A very effective and interesting composition, well painted with attention to detail. Great work! :clap::winner::clap:
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, means a lot! Also thanks for accepting this in your group :)
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MerzAnnika Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, das ist ziehmlich genial. Ich bin noch relativ frisch im digitalen zeichen/malen und das hier sieht einfach aus, wie ein traditionelles bild.
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Danke! Ich hab auf digitale Tricks verzichtet und einfach wie ein traditionelles Bild gemalt - auch mit nur einem Pinsel. Ist daher ein ziemlich geniales Lob :)
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AndreKowalski Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
After knowing this picture for a while I really can say that this is your best one by now!
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, André! It means a lot hearing that from you.
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AndreKowalski Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
No problem at all. Your art has gone a long way since I first saw it. And all in all this picture shows your skills in an impressive way. The whole painting is well-balanced and full of some kind of magic I can hardly describe. You should show it to Volkan. :-)
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ComporreWhich Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student
It's actually what i like! Great!
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful and very interesting work!
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Also for the Llama :)
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Liloux-illustration Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm very impressed! It's very realistic and mighty, and I love the black and white. What is your painting technique ?
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is a digital painting. I used only one brush, though - one with rough edges to keep a painterly style. I kept effects like blur (only on the owls wings) and glow at an absolute minimum. So this is basically a similar process like doing a traditional painting.

The only big difference is that I'm working on layers. I start with everything on one layer, but as things get more complex (and all the animals are rendered out, for example) I start separating them all on single layers. This helps me to change the composition later on (what I constantly do, by the way) and keeps things flexible.

I had a few photo references for the picture, especially for the animals. While the deer, the owl and the bison had no real 1on1 references, the bear and the wolf basically are closely referenced - with a few artistic changes, of course. Also, no 1on1 reference for the woman. The clothes were basically done straight from mind, while there were some anatomy references for the body. What I like to do is not using a single reference, though. So there was reference for the legs, the arms, the torso and so on, but not one single image.

I hope this explains a bit of how I do it :). Thanks for the comment.
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Liloux-illustration Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, this explanation is very intersting!
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Tzipora-Ileia Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Huh. odd I don't look at alot of the pictures that come across my picture feed, but this one I actually like good job. I Really like the realistic animals you have in it. Wonderful its going in my favorite category.
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thank you very much! I'm glad it's worth the fave :)
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Tzipora-Ileia Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey your welcome I love owls, so this was a nice addition to my favorites, and the level you did the work at was amazing,keep going with it, I really liked that picture,and I will be adding you to my watch.
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Very kind of you. I also like owls, hence the picture :) Fascinating animals, those birds!
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Tzipora-Ileia Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
They are utterly fascinating, wonderful rendition of the classic totem pole, but just a side note, owls were not generally featured as such, because it almost all cultures they were viewed as evil spirits, the picture is very good though.
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I know! In some cultures, owls are viewed as wise sages and messengers, though. So it's not all negative. But in this picture, I wanted to keep the mystery and darkness of this animal.
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Tzipora-Ileia Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah well you did so very well good job :)
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Thorskegga Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful :)
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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wakeupatnoon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that bear! Amazing! Lovely picture.
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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danielmafra Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work!
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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MDarts Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
well man, congrats what else can i say? great rendering of the bear's fur!
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! You got some pretty cool artwork yourself going on!
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miphi017 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this could work as a book or album cover! :)
everything looks so fierce. :)

Great job!
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, thank you! :) It was done as a album cover for a playlist of mine, so you are kind of right :D
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miphi017 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow! :D
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RavenStormsong Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh this is amazing!!!!! I can't believe the detail, especially in the different animals. The textures of their coats and their eyes are just striking!
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kaio89 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you like the animals :) I'm not used to drawing animals, so I'm happy you think they turned out well.
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