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Painting of a Friend I: Fireflies by ThreshTheSky Painting of a Friend I: Fireflies by ThreshTheSky
Digital painting of my cat, Sarah. Sometimes you can see lightning bugs out the window of my house. Her expression while watching them is something that has always stuck with me.

This was truly a labor of love. I don't think I've ever spent this long on a digital painting and doubt I will again for a long time.

A tutorial on how I paint fur is posted here.

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Given 2013-01-24
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Painting of a Friend I: Fireflies by *ThreshTheSky ( Featured by Thiefoworld )
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm still proud of this but have to admit that I'm of two minds about this piece. At the time I made it, it was the absolute best I could do but when I look at it now, there's a lot that that bothers me since I feel I could do better now. 

Thanks a lot for all your kind and insightful comments. The watch is also much appreciated. :D
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AcrylicHeart Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's a good sign though. Being able to look back and find 'issues' is what shows that you've improved! ^^ And of course my dear, you are very welcome. :)
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RainbowRose912 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
You are an inspiration, really. I love drawing cats but they lack the realism you are so good at. I'm going to try out some of your tutorials :)
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That really means a lot! Thank you. If you ever have the time to leave a link, I'd love to see what you come up with should you ever try one of my tutorials. :)
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RainbowRose912 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
This would be the closest I've got to a semi-realistic digital picture:
halfdemon912.deviantart.com/ar…

And I will thankyou! When I get around to trying it out I'd love your advice to improve :)
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RainbowRose912 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Also, may I ask how long something of this kind of detail takes to complete?
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CrisCanvas Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
No... nonono, c'mon, this has got to be a photo. No WAY anyone could of painted something so realistic, I am STUNNED! ;o; :heart:
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome to hear. Thanks a lot. :)
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Lefthandedhero Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. Very good detailing for a painting, you almost fooled me :) Nice work.
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's cool to hear. Thanks :)
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FATIMAABDU Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
beautiful cat great shot.
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. But it's not a photo, it's a painting. ;)
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WildWithin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh this is amazing!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you think so. Thanks! 


Great user icon! Is that your cat?
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WildWithin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup! Her name is Misty, and the picture is from when she was just an itty-bitty-kitty! She's older now, and I've uploaded a few other pictures of her! I love her so much! :meow:
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww. That's awesome. I love my kitties too. :D
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Much appreciated!
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013   General Artist
:huggle: 
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NightLiones Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
REALISTIC CAT!!!!! EPIC!!!!!!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you think so. Thanks!
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NightLiones Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Youre welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!hi hi hi hi hi hi 
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Penis-Jam Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student General Artist
.... Oh my gahd.  That's all I can say. :heart:
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, fellow cat person! The watch and faves are much appreciated too. :D
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Penis-Jam Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student General Artist
cats :heart:
Well they are much deserved~ I'd fave everything, but that might be annoying
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RazMadi-XxxX Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
I love the eyes
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad. Thank you! :)
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ChocolatePeachKitty Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Are you sure this isn't a real cat.I mean just like.This is amazing 
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much :)
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ChocolatePeachKitty Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Np :D
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FuriDeamon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is to amazin for this world O_O *______*
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know about that. Haha. But thanks. :)
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FuriDeamon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome *W*
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Wolfe37 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah. My mind was just blown. I though this was a photograph until I read the description. Amazing work you've got here!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is really late, but I just saw that I never replied to your comment. I'm so sorry! Don't know how I missed it. 

Thank you so much! I'm glad to hear you think it looks realistic. :)
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Wolfe37 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really no problem. I completely understand that we all get busy :)
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YoshiDaisyFriends Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
I really like the glow in the eyes! and wow just wow, it looks so realistic!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to hear you like it! Thanks very much. :)
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Wolfling01 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome.
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Markandi88 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Wow!cool!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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icefirewolfie Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so great it looks like a picture,
i LOVE the eyes!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you think so. Thank you! :)
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P0WERDRlVEN Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
<sub? drawING TALENT THIS GOOD SHOULD BE ILLEGAL
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. Well thanks. :)
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zooli1 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
looks like my maisy
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool :)
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LemonLime1 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I THOUGHT THIS WAS REAL
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A real cat? Indeed, she's one of my cats in real life. :)
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