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My Backyard Visitor by LuxDani My Backyard Visitor by LuxDani
An entry for a rather large contest, wish me luck!!


So my little sister was hanging down on our dock a couple weeks ago and happened to spot something that we have NEVER seen in the area before: a River Otter. My parents have lived in our yard for 27 years (and we are always outside), they have never seen one before here, we didn't think they existed in our river! We suspect that this little dude may just be cruising through, since we haven't seen him (or her?) since. My sis was lucky enough to have her camera with her, and was kind enough to let me use her pics for reference.

The only part I actually referenced was the otter, and the front half only (back end was covered in greenery). I wing'd all of the foliage, the shoreline and the water. Whew. Challenging to make things look realistic sometimes when you don't have a ref.

So all painted with acrylics on a piece of watercolour paper.

Feedback would be hugely appreciated!! :heart::heart::heart:
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TigerOtter7 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its amazing and cute!
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Zaalu Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE OTTERS. Need anymore feedback? well good job on the light&shadows, great fur texture altho you should of used something thicker and/or be more soft with the leaves unless they are supposed to look furry as well. Love the pic
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Bewildermunster Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work, you did a great job with the lighting and with the pebbles/water!
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:iconmayeaux:
Mayeaux Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work!
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work!
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! <3
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:iconmayeaux:
Mayeaux Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Skritecek2 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
That's really amazing job.
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Beautifully done! :heart:
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why thank you! :love:
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:icontrinitite:
Trinitite Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Gorgeous fur texture and detail in the animal and background!
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :heart:
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SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent artwork!
I love otters :)
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me too, they're awesome. :)
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:iconphilippel:
philippeL Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work, and a lot of details in the surroundings :nod:
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! The surroundings were particularly difficult because I had no real reference.
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
What an exciting visitor you had! Good luck with the contest :)
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :love:
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tcwoua Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations! Your entry has been level up to a+ gallery at :iconbestdrawings: keep up the good work! :dance:
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoohoo! :boogie:
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:iconweida34:
weida34 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist
that's really good!!
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! <3
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Kipachie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Best of luck in the contest this is great! I love how bright the colours are compaired the the very dark shadows.
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
I struggled with balancing the shadows and highlights, I think I did alright.
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Galactixa Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Cool 'n' cute ;)
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:
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:iconperoline:
peroline Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
No way ! Traditional Acrylics ?! But there are so many tiny details !
That's good job ! well done !
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find the best way to get details is with acrylics. :)
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Earthstar-Rose Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW, GORGEOUS!! :iconlachoirplz: best luck to you. :nod::iconthumbsupplz::iconthumbsupplz:
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why thank you! =D
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Earthstar-Rose Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. ^v^
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Silverbloodwolf98 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WAH!!!!amazing work,so realistic!!yay amazing again grass is perfect
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
Grass was HARRRD.
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Silverbloodwolf98 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeees,real draw grass hard
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monochromera Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
this is GORGEOUS!!! every detail is just about perfect! the wet look of the fur, the light on the rocks and leaves... the otters anatomy and face... it's all quite beautiful.
and just wow! not only is the artwork amazing, but you saw a wild otter?! I'm jealous! haha I've never seen one in person. you and your sister are some lucky ducks.
anyway.... the picture is so beautiful! I wish you the best of luck on the contest (though I doubt you need it!)
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well thank you!

I know, we never would have believed my sister if she didn't catch a couple pics of it. Such nifty little creatures, I wish they would show their face more!
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monochromera Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
welcome ^^

hmm... they must be shy >.>
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:iconcyneburg:
Cyneburg Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my you draw amazing in traditional :O
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I sooo prefer traditional painting over digital painting.
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