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Lion Queen by Mararda Lion Queen by Mararda
Sennelier tube watercolour of a crouching African lioness.
This is based on a photograph from the book 'In the Lion's Den.

This photograph of the painting has been taken in artificial light; I will take one in natural light.'
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LOVELY USE OF AMBIENT COLOR AND SKILLFUL APPLICATION
OF SHADING AND MIXING OF COLORS, MAKES IT ALMOST LIKE VIEWING AND POLAROID TAKEN FROM A JEEP ON THE MASAI MARA.

GORGEOUS WORK!!

THIS IS BY FAR ONE OF THE BEST IMAGES OF WILDLIFE DONE AS ART I'VE SEEN IN A WHILE, IT HONESTLY GIVES ME THE FEEL OF THE ITINERANT LIFE ON THE SERENGETI, ANY BETTER AND I WOULD SIMPLY SAY "DON'T MAKE ANY SUDDEN SOUNDS!!"

THE BEST IMAGE OF A STALKING LIONESS IV'E SEEN DONE SINCE EVER, THIS IS EXPRESSIVE AND SHOWS LIFE AT LARGE.

SIMPLY FANTASTIC WORK!! MY KUDOS TO THE ARTIST!
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soulmary Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
I love the light glowing in the lioness' eyes! 
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the nice comment, and apologies for the very late response. 
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Beautiful, love the colors.
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you, I am happy you like this piece. I can see a few errors in it now unfortunately. I am flattered by your compliment. :hug:
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:iconbabou-shka:
Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
You're welcome :aww:
Sometimes "errors" gives character to a piece, I like imperfections usually :)
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tokkamak Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Nice painting. I love the palette. And you've captured motion well.
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Ph33rbenkthankslol Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
wow, very pretty well done
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Luvecerviere Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Nice.
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thankyou.
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:iconluvecerviere:
Luvecerviere Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Digital Artist
You're welcome.
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Darkendrama Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Gorgeous!
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
W:omfg:w! This is simply amazing! Great job here! :nod:
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thankyou kindly for the compliment. :) :hug:
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fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student General Artist
:omg: :jawdrop: Amazing work! :faint: How did you capture all if the fine details like with the fur? =D
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Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thankyou for the compliment. :) Initially I apply overall paint which represents the average colours of each area. I let that dry (I work a section at a time), then add the detail with a triple to quadruple zero size brush. I analyze a small section of detail, which I then replicate a I evolve a method of achieving that pattern. Fortunately, there always seems to be a pattern in nature, which removes the laborious task of copying each fur exactly. I consider that ridiculous. My aim in not to create a clone of the photo or animal, but a realistic, yet 'artistic,' representation of it. I want to evoke its spirit.
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fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
:la:Most welcome! :D

:hmm::O wow I didn't know that brush sizes came that small but it sounds like it is excellent for detail. :nod:
I think that is a great way to make your art. :clap:
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thankyou kindly. Yes, you can get very minute brush sizes, usually it is best to search online, or from specialist art shops. :)
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fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student General Artist
:aww: :eager: Huh, Ok I am definitely going to check that out. :la:
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
*Sorry for the typos.
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lylie-foak Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I REALLY like the lighting on this... there's something captivating about this picture.
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thankyou for the nice comment. :) Have a Merry Christmas. :) x
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lylie-foak Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
To you as well!
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adamnorde583 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
FABULOUS WORK!! I ADORE THIS PIC!!
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thankyou very much for the nice comment, the critique and the compliments. You are too kind. :) :hug:
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:iconadamnorde583:
adamnorde583 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
ANYTHING FOR TRUE TALENT, MY FRIEND!
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FuhariTheLioness Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very beautiful painting! :) love the shading/colors as well :D
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thankyou kindly for the nice comment. :)
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FuhariTheLioness Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your welcome ;]
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Loveeeely Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not my favourite way of using watercolour (I mean using them as a different paint, but regardless of that I have to admit it's epic! Looks truly wonderful. The fur is amazingly done and the background is also nice because doesn't distract the viewer.
The only thing I would improve a little bit is making the eyes more alive (however it isn't bad as they suit the whole style of the painting) and the nose seem to be a little bit crooked.
Summing up, although I usually dislike such thick watercolours, yours is amazing and impressive :)
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Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thankyou very much for the in depth comment, and the compliments. :) Indeed, the reason I apply the paint thicker than the norm is because I am trying to evoke power and depth, and I find conventional watercolour techniques can be very wishy washy unless depicting vague atmospheres/lights etc; although it might just be because I need more practice with the medium. I find it easier to achieve detail with my method with regards to watercolours, plus it works particularly well with the Sennelier range as it is honey based and therefore has quite high viscosity. I do however disagree with the nose being crooked, ;) also half of the face is shadowed so that will create other visual effects. :) :hug:
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Loveeeely Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome ;) :hug:
Sure, it depends on the person, one of my art teachers loved very blurred watercolours while I disliked them. I like conventional techniques, though, because there is so much of delicate light in them :)
But it's not always the technique that matters but the effect :)
I had a second look on the nose and I probably thought so due to the lion's facial expression and the light. Anyway, it doesn't matter because whether it's crooked or not it's just millimeters so I'm making a big deal from nothing :)
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roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº 4 o Destacados nº 4" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).


* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 4. (Best works of the group).


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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thankyou very kindly for the honour. :) :hug:
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:iconroundtower:
roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A real pleasure dear friend!

We want to see more woks of you in the group, please!

Your work is very interesting!
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dbayne Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Absolutely love the detail!
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thankyou kindly for the compliment. :)
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thankyou for the compliment. :)
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erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
So beautiful:)
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thankyou very kindly for the compliment. :heart:
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erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
You're welcome!:)
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!! I mean seriously the lighting her expression the blend of colour everything!
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thankyou very kindly for the nice comment. :)
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent!
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thankyou. :)
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!:)
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froggyk Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i like your brush strokes! :)
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thankyou. :)
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! I love this work!
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thankyou very kindly for the compliment. :)
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