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Eyes of the Forest by BlackMysticA Eyes of the Forest by BlackMysticA
Portrait of an Eurasian lynx ( Lynx lynx ). The silent, mysterious hunter of the North. Rarely seen but living close to us. This will be a poster, used by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (Norsk Institiutt for Naturforskning)- NINA.

The Eurasian lynx is twice the size of a Canadian lynx and is able to kill roe deer, sheep, red deer and rein deer. This causes conflicts with sheep and reindeer herders in Norway and the rest of Scandinavia, resulting in hunting quota's, but also poaching. Living together with large carnivores is difficult. But the supervisor of my work at NINA has once written this: "The carnivores have shown they can live with us. We have yet to show that we are willing to share our landscapes with them"

This means not placing them behind fences in reserves - but living together on the same ground. It needs compromises but there is a future for carnivores like the Eurasian lynx, only if we change our minds towards predators close to us. Are we willing to do this?

If you're interested in a print of this poster and I can try to make work of it!

Art by me! Please don't copy and/or use it without my permission
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:iconmudthecat:
MudTheCat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Do You Have Super Powers?
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes I have, dearie :evillaugh: (srry - quoting my favourite character of the series Once upon a Time).
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hannnahbos Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is breathtaking! 
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant capture! :)
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AusieOtterPie Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh this is amaizng!!!!1 I wove it so much!!!!!!!!!!1
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Underworld-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When i first saw this i was like "How did you get so good picture?" But then i realize that it was drawing, not picture! It looks so real!
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Griffiney Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist
The picture looks perfect! At first I thought that this is photo!
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks - hehe that's good to hear :)
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:iconmikai-jin:
mikai-jin Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you print it as a mug, I'll get one !!!
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You brought me on a very good idea!! Maybe it will work out somehow 8D How is it going by the way? ...aww I miss you all there in Paris...hope I can come again maybe this year
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sparkleburst Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap:
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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Frozen-Inferno Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Wow! Very realistic.
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Bewildermunster Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work! The motion of the snow makes this all the more intense.
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Good to hear - I played around with it a bit and tried to make it look real.
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Ranshiinsitha Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What can i say that i havent before? x) The work on the fur is gorgeous, the anatomy is wonderful, and those eyes... i love the detail of these longest hairs carried away for the wind.
This is truly gorgeous!
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha np! Your comments are always welcome! Yeah I had a critical reviewer and lynx expert at NINA who helped me with the typical lynx-features....to make it look like a real lynx.
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Ranshiinsitha Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Woah you lucky! xD This is one of the best pictures i've seen so far, i love the way you paint cats.
Are you thinking about painting one of these red siamesses someday? these that are like a tabby but they're siamesse cat i cant remember the name of that pattern e_e
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SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous. You've done such an amazing job painting this piece, making the
fur look believable; soft, thick and textured. Awesome work!
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!! Good to hear! Yeah for once I tried serious realism - without highly saturated colours or extream shadings.
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SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome :)
You did an amazing job with the realism :D
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DarkWolfArtist Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you are amazing!
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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Yume-The-Lynx Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's me!
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't know that lynxes can type and read?
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:iconyume-the-lynx:
Yume-The-Lynx Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mobain lynxes can! I come from a family of computer programmers!
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oo
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Yume-The-Lynx Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Unless you count my brother... He can barely spell, never mind read.
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UnicornCat Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your art looks so real, just amazing!
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! For once no exxagerated colours hehe
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UnicornCat Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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12Punk12 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very beautiful
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DestinyDeamon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Wow... it looks like a photo :o amazing ^^
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Good to hear that!
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SorrelHawkfire Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
The fur makes me want to reach out and touch the picture! So realistic!
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah that is indeed the effect I wanted to create!
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SorrelHawkfire Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
So fluffy :D You're welcome!
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TheDevilDogs Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Absolutely stunning work - I love how you've managed to still get brilliant fur texture despite the delicate and complex markings of the lynx, and you've really captured the mystery and allure and spirit of those gorgeous cats - the expression in the eyes is almost of wisdom, and the heavy snowfall behind the lynx not only represents the home of the animal, but also the fact that it could just easily disappear unseen into the blizzard, as if this picture is a lucky glance at it. :love: <3
And I hate how people can't seem to deal with predators - in terms of wolves, bears, lynx etc. they seem to think that instead of putting up better fencing to protect their livestock that they'd rather shoot them. Half of the time, the animal is only passing by and not actively attacking livestock or people, but they shoot them anyway. I guess we'll just have to hope that we can change the attitudes of those who resist large carnivores...
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BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!! Yeah this is the first time I tried real realism - without exaggerating the colours and lighting effects. And yeah that is also the expression I wanted to give the lynx...and that is how they look into the fieldcameras if they pass by :giggle:...some are really like WTF is that for a thing on the ground Oo and gaze long at the camera. You can see it here [link] (click off the chick at the right and go to 'velg art' and click gaupe in the pulldown menu at the left...now you can look at wild Norwegian lynx! Very nice!
But yeah a lot of conflicts in Norway...and farmers are not tolerant at all...a lot of work to do inn conservartion of wild carnivores here.
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
You're welcome <3
And it really does look very realistic indeed - and I'm not surprised that they asked for that expression, since you really pulled it off.
And awesome! :dance:
I think it's not just Norway - farmers in most countries don't tend to be tolerant of carnivores - in a lot of cases, it's a lack of understanding that leads to fear/hatred. :no:
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BleachTheSky Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012   Writer
Absolutely beautiful. :heart:
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BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks1!
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BleachTheSky Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012   Writer
You're welcome. :)
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Looks beautiful^^
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:iconblackmystica:
BlackMysticA Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
you're welcome^^
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