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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 )
:icon23swampert23aj:
23swampert23AJ Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah! For a moment I did really think it was a photo! Very good job!
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome to hear! Thanks for the comment and watch. :)
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:icon23swampert23aj:
23swampert23AJ Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :)
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:iconlizasart:
lizasart Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!!!
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmad-tile-4432:
Mad-Tile-4432 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's wonderful, your cat must be beautiful!
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! I certainly think she is. :)
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:iconmaddaluther:
maddaluther Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NYAA!~
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what that means. XD
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:iconmaddaluther:
maddaluther Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its a Japanese expression for meow. moaning of cats. =D this word often used on anime/manga =D
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I guess I learned something new today. :D
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Greenleaffrog Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would nearly do everything to have a cat like her.
Sadly my dad doesn't like cats and I have to wait until I've moved out.
This is such a gorgeous picture, I could look at this for hours and it never would be boring. :heart:
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Does you dad like dogs or is it animals in general that he doesn't like? Many cat breeds that are larger (and fluffy) like Sarah in this picture are quite dog-like in their behavior. They do tricks, greet me at the door when I come home, and always want to be around you. Anyway, I hope you get to adopt the kitty of your dreams some day! :)

And thank you!
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Greenleaffrog Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah~ I think he doesn't like animals in general.
He also don't want a dog.
Fishes and birds may be okay (but I am allergic to feathers and maybe fishfood xD).
But he also doesn't like guinea pigs or bunnys, if he isn't allowed to meet them.
We even tried to tell him that cats are good for the human psyche... Didn't help at all.
Well I hope I can move out soon enough and then I will have one or two cats. =)

Thanks for your support.

And you are very welcome =)
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angelanovus Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful :D
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I'm glad you like it. :)
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:iconramonami:
ramonami Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
i can tell you spent so very much time -- it shows. and it shows that you love the cats. i can feel it in the art...
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's one of the nicest comments I've gotten in a while. Thank you so much. My cats really do mean the world to me. :aww:
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ramonami Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
oh, you're so welcome...
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AcrylicHeart Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The way you painted her eyes is absolutely striking. I've always loved a cat's eyes, but most paintings don't really give off the same feel as sharing a look with one of our furry little friends. The realism here really is something poignant in my opinion. She is a very beautiful cat, my friend, and this by all means does her justice. :) The whiskers are almost tangible! I know that minor details like that can be rather difficult, so well done. ^^ And the fireflies are so lovely and whimsical. :)
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:iconthreshthesky:
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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:iconthreshthesky:
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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:iconthreshthesky:
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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:iconthreshthesky:
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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:iconthreshthesky:
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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:iconthreshthesky:
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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:iconwildwithin:
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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:iconthreshthesky:
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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:iconthreshthesky:
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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:iconpenis-jam:
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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:iconthreshthesky:
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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:iconthreshthesky:
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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:iconthreshthesky:
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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