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September 1, 2011
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14 x 11"
Acrylic on canvas

Thank you ahead of time for any favorites and comments!

This design is available on ornaments, cards, shirts, etc, at my online shop: [link]

Velvet: Neither black, nor gold, he is the sun's shadow, the light of a new moon.

I actually finished this fellow nearly a month ago but have been too busy to share him until now!

A new patron of mine specifically asked for a melanistic jaguar worthy of the name "Velvet." Melanistic jaguars occupy the mid-ground between black panthers (which are actually dark jaguars--you can just make out their spots in good light) and the regular, golden color. No amount of scan attempts could capture the effect of the many layers of under-painting that went into this, but I hope you find it a worthy way for me to end my online absence!

Reference courtesy of Wikipedia.

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2195Razielim May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi! :wave:

Your beautiful work has been featured in my journal here: [link] :heart:

Greetings! :aww:
Thank you so much for the feature! :)
quentinlars Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooohhhhh now this ... I like!!! (big grin)
quentinlars Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh yeah! I love big cats and wolves but black leopards and jags just melt me lol
check out my video on youtube channel quentinlars and you'll see ;)
Oh, what a handsome boy. Beautiful detail !!!
Thank you very much! He was an enjoyable challenge.
Ah this is GORGEOUS!! I'm sure the owner is very pleased and lucky!
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