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YESSSSS.

You have no idea how long I've waited to post this page. I've had it done for a while now, and I LOVED working on it^^
Realistic backgrounds are great fun! Plus, I really, really enjoyed myself while drawing the last two panels, especially panel 3 :) It's my favourite from this page!

So, where to begin. The butterflies lead us to a pair of fallen trees in Lerai Forest. In the crevice fotmed by these trees sleeps an elusive, dark creature: a melanistic leopard, or black panther.

Some people think the "black panthers" are a species on their own, but this is not correct. They are actually jaguars, or leopards in this case, with a mutation in a gene coding for melanin, a protein responsible for skin colour. Particularly, in these specimens, the quantity of melanin in the skin increases, making skin surface darker and darker in colour, up to resembling black, hence the name "black panther". However, if you look at their fur very closely, or under a source of light, you can see that beneath the black fur, the skin still features the classical rosettes of leopards and jaguars.

Melanin is the same protein responsible for the "tan" colour we get when we go to the beach. It's a way the body has to protect itself from the sunrays, by forming a "shield" on our skin against the dangerous UV emissions.

But enough science for today :D

Back to the page^^

I purposedly didn't add any written parts or sound effects in this page, to enhance the sense of silence and quietness.
When re-watching the finished page, in panel 4, I got the impulse of having to move slowly and quietly in order not to disturb the nursing cub :D Didn't you have this feeling too?

Also, cookie to who spotted the cub in panel 3 at a first glance! :D

I really hope you like this page^^

Coloured Pencils on A4 Paper.
Several hours.
Characters and art (c) :iconarven92:

I want to improve, I greatly appreciate feedback and constructive criticism regarding anatomy, page flow and overall composition. Thank you! :)

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midnighteclipse02 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I just still find the drawing and coloring just amazing!!
I've always wanted to make traditional art, because I enjoy it. But it always fails in the scanner, and I suck at coloring anyway.
So if you can, would you please explain how you make these pages? ^^
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ARVEN92 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gee, thank you so much! I'm very happy you like these pages :D
Yeah, scanners may be evil sometimes, I did have to change mine because the old one used to eat up all the colour :(

As for the technique, it's actually nothing special :D I sketch out and ink the page, then I generally start with a layer of colour to give a tint to the page (in the case of this page, I chose green for the first panel and brown for the other ones), then I colour in the characters and background with their usual colours, while adding shades (for example, for the black panther, I added three layers of black above the brown I used before, and coloured according to the light source in order to shade). Finally, I re-outline the lineart with a black pencil, because when you colour over an inked drawing, the pencil tends to cover the ink beneath. Re-outlining it makes it stand out :)
I really hope I helped you^^ If you have any more doubts, feel free to ask :D
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midnighteclipse02 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I've heeded your advice and drew something real quick, so how is it?
Do I  need any improvements?
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midnighteclipse02 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You're are welcome! Very well deserved!
Pfft, yea scanners are evil! I'm not sure if it's the scanner messing me up or if it's my coloring, lol
Oh, that seems similar to my technique, except I just outline with sharpie carefully and color it, shade, and blend.
Hehe, whenever I have to trace over an outline I get nervous and i mess up! XD
And yes you have helped! Thanks!
If I have any futher concerns, I'll know who to ask! 
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Zoba22 Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW me puse a ver de nuevo Africa (debo admitir que es el primer comic que leo y releeo y miro con tanta devocion) No me había fijado que Giza tenía manchas en su pelaje negro XD. Y la aparación de la mariposa... Crucial para el futuro. Hermosa la escena en la que Giza abre sus impactantes y amarillentos ojos, mirando con desdén a esa mariposa que entra a su cubil.

Arven, eres una genia!!!! Adelante con Africa, que la adoro!!!A Heart For YOU 
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ARVEN92 Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jaja no te preocupes^^
Las manchas de Giza solo se veen bajo la luz adecuada :D
Yaaaaa muchìsimas gracias! <3 Siempre me haces muy contenta con tus comentarios <3333
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Zoba22 Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Es un verdadero placer. No podria hacerlos asi ni no entendieras el español! ^^. Gracias a ti por compartir tan bella historia.
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ARVEN92 Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD No hay de que, verdaderamente! <3
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BlackTailwolf Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your coloring, backgrounds, and style are amazing <3 I am really impressed by the 2nd panel :) Very hard to do something like that with traditional art! Look forward to seeing more of your stuff :)
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ARVEN92 Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa, thank you so much!
I'm honoured you like what I do :D

Hoho true, panel 2 was actually very tricky :D I had to use an acrylic marker along with my coloured pencils to make the black really dark XD
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