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Olivectan (Happy Birthday, Kai!) by StellarWind Olivectan (Happy Birthday, Kai!) by StellarWind
A birthday present for :icontonibytes: (okay, technically an early birthday present as her birthday is tomorrow but as it wasn’t so much of a surprise… there you have it).

Portrayed here as an Alectan is her recently-departed cat and constant companion for nearly 18 years, Oliver. Knowing how much Oliver meant to her, I asked her for permission to draw this as both a birthday present to her and a tribute to the fuzzball. She loved the idea - and so this became a thing. ^^

(In case you wonder, the cat in the image above his bed is his actual Earthly form - the photo was sourced from Kai’s Instagram profile and is brought here with her permission for the purpose of this tribute - which makes this a bit of a collab, too, I suppose!)

Anyway - happy birthday, Kai - have a smashing one! ^^
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SilverMonki Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely picture, really like the colouring you've done here.  That wood effect looks so realistic! :O
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StellarWind Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017
I've implemented pre-existing textures to the surfaces using multiply layers (adjusting to fit the perspective using the distort and warp tools on Photoshop) to get that effect - and the planks on the wall and the window involved some bevel and emboss blending modes. The rest was fucking around with lighting effects and blurs to get, for instance, the reflection from the window. ^^ I am quite pleased with how it all turned out!

Thank you!
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SilverMonki Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah haa... I see! Looks amazing though - the whole scene just works so nicely with all the intricate details and textures. ^^
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StellarWind Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017
Thank you ^^ I'm certainly glad it worked out as well as it did. Slowly getting better at the background lark, for sure. xD
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SilverMonki Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's fun isn't it? XD A sort of annoying, pull-your-eyebrows out in frustration.. fun. XD
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StellarWind Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017
Yyyyyyyyup xD If anything it's nice to see the end result, remember how it started and thinking to oneself "holy zark, what is this sorcery" XD
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SikeSaner Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This is really sweet.
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