Digital painting inspired by a photo belonging to ~schmoo15 depicting his cat, Schmoo. His photo won best-in-show in my 2013 animal photography contest and was used with permission as reference for this painting. His winning photo is posted here:
A tutorial on how I paint fur is posted here. I know a lot of digital artists don't like lens flare renders but while I respect their opinion, I'm also happy with the result here and can still sleep at night.
This is so beautiful! Love the colors, lighting, and the general ambiance of this piece. It's so uplifting, especially for cat lovers like me. I hope you don't mind if I use this as a wallpaper for my phone. Fabulous job, keep it up!