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The Gift by CatBeast17 The Gift by CatBeast17
*Whew* Just in time! I finally managed to submit something holiday-related for once :stare: 

This idea came to me last night, when I was eating dinner with my stepsister and brother, and they had invited their significant other over to eat too. There was one point in conversation where they were discussing what types of things each had planned for the other for Valentines Day, and a thought occurred to me (and quite randomly too): If people give each other roses for V-day, how would that look for an animal? 

So I sketched this, and liked it enough to slap some color on it and submit it here. 

Apparently, D.J., being the caring soul that he is, went and got a flower for our dear Sierra….only to find out, painfully later, that the prickly rose he chose No rhyme intended probably wasn't the smartest idea in the world, seeing as foxes have no opposable thumbs and all….
And Sierra's expression is more or less shocked that A) she's actually receiving a gift, or B) She realizes that it takes guts (or something) to decide to bite down on something that lethal….

He'll be pulling' prickers out of his teeth for a while :XD: 


Happy Valentine's Day everyone! :la: 

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Side Note : HNNNNNNGGGGHN, I'm submitting this from my neighbor's internet because halfway through the submission of this thing, my internet decided it would be a good idea to stop working. I tried everything to get it going again, from restarting my computer to restarting the router. This was my computer's response to my efforts:

Lol, nope :icontrollfaceplz:


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:icondothisthingplz: :iconfliptableplz:

Oh how I wanted to hurt something…..

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:iconblackpowderfox:
Blackpowderfox Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Beautifully done.
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Much obliged :) I'm glad you like it.
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magranger16 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was just wondering where you get the backdrop, or if that is actually paper you are drawing on? Also is it digital color or what?
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:iconcatbeast17:
CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the inquiry! :wave:
I actually make a lot of the backgrounds you see in my gallery. Or, I use free stock textures that I get from one of my good friends here on DA, Sirius-sdz :) However, I never directly use the stock as-is…everything is almost always tweaked and modified to my own liking in Photoshop, depending on the mood of the drawing. This includes me more often than not adding different colors, textures, and elements with brushes or other images, and merely using the stock as a base. 
This particular image is drawn traditionally, then colored digitally in Photoshop. This is for when I feel like cheating the system of traditional art because It's easier and quicker than coloring traditionally :XD: I hope this answers your questions! :D
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magranger16 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
mostly, but do you just scan the image to your computer. I never understood that because the paper is white and its a pain to remove the background.
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I see. Yes, initially, you do scan the picture like you normally would, then you upload the file to Photoshop. However, I can completely sympathize with you on the absolute PAIN that I went through at trying to remove all the white manually at first! (Trust me. We do NOT need to revisit those days! Ahhhhh yes, those DA noob days were always such a joy…. :XD:) Assuming you have Photoshop, there is a way to 'blend' or 'turn invisible' that annoying white paper background of your original scan. If you go to the far right corner, you'll see a row of three bars in alignment that say 'layers' 'channels' and 'paths'. If you click on the 'layers' bar, you'll see another bar that says 'normal' under it. Clicking on that bar will give you a variety of filter options….I recommend experimenting for yourself on which ones suit your fancy. But the easiest way to get rid of the white background is to click on the 'multiply' filter option. Make SURE you have your chosen background ready to go first, along with your scanned image in another tab. By copying and pasting your scan to your background under the 'multiply' filter, you should see that 'blending' or 'invisible' background effect that I'm talking about. 
I hope this helps with your apparent dilemma :) Let me know if you have any other questions, and I will do my best to help you out! :D
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magranger16 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome thanks so much, that really helps a lot. This will make me want to do more Traditional/Digital stuff now.
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! I love to help fellow deviants ;) Feel free to ask me for help anytime when something comes up, 'k? :D
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magranger16 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, sure will.
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RogueAtSketches Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my gosh ;o; ur art is so stunning! <3
Wonderful artist you are indeed~

I'm tempted to draw a little something just for you c':
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My, why that's mighty flattering! :faint: Thank you very much, I'm happy you enjoy my work! :heart:

Well no pressure, but I would be honored if you did! That's very kind of you to consider :D
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RogueAtSketches Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hehe, your welcome! :) (Smile) And who doesn't? Your artwork puts a smile on my face :XD:
No problem! I'll make you something soon Hug for being a wonderful artist here on Deviantart! Clap 
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PineRain Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha that's so cute!
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, he's such a charmer, isn't he? :iconohyouplz: :XD:
Thanks!
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PineRain Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure is :)
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:iconcatbeast17:
CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
(If you consider putting yourself in extreme pain 'charming', that is) :XD:
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F0xf1r3 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWWWWWWW SOO CUTE!!! I LOVE IT!!
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:iconcatbeast17:
CatBeast17 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nothing like a little mushy-gushiness every now and then…:XD:

Thank you!
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F0xf1r3 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOve it!!!!
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Redfoxrox Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student General Artist
So cute! I love this so, so, soooo much! 
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you very much! I'm happy you do! :aww: :hug:
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SnowFox9125 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I missed this one.
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Chasm03 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I want a flower too!!!!
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:rose:
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Chasm03 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
*gasps and takes flower slowly* for... for me?
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:iconcatbeast17:
CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*In Jack Sparrow's voice* I think so ;) 
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Chasm03 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
*faints right there and then, clutching flower to chest*
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SouthclawJK Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a forlorn attempt at romance or should I say forthorn

*runs away*
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha! lol :XD: 
Gotta love puns :lol:
And yes. Poor D.J.. He has all these 'great' ideas, but he sometimes doesn't stop to think about the consequences once he's put one in motion...
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foxstory Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is really cute!  It's great to see how your fox art has progressed and improved with time.
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It feels like my style is always fluctuating and changing whenever I submit something :stare: Like, it never stays the same.

Why thank you! That's such a nice thing to say :love: :glomp: 
I've been comparing my recent art with stuff I've drawn from way long ago (a.k.a, finding old sketches and thinking "Wow, I actually thought that was good?!*shot*). I've noticed that I have improved in certain areas, but I love to see that effect with my friend's artwork! :love: It's like watching a time metamorphous take place before your very eyes, the way people figure out how things look/work over time. That's one of the main reasons why I love art so much :) 
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foxstory Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!  It's nice to keep up with others' art over long time frames to see this kind of time transition take place, as you mentioned.  (On a much shorter time scale, I've just made a new video draw c: ).
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Mirka-Dragon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Aww, how cute! Happy (very) late Valentine's Day for you! :)
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FireFennec Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
That's okay DJ, love is supposed to hurt! At least you're on the right track. Or not. Sierra will probably spare herself the pain of picking that up.

Love the expressions here. His hapless yet earnest eyes and her deadpan reaction. Really illustrates their character traits so well. Always a real treat to see drawings of these wonderful two. Sounds like part of an interesting story. Moar.
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In his case, quite literally! :XD: 
And who's to say ;) ….(Pfff! She's oblivious to things like this >_>…)
Hmm. She'd more or less probably react like :iconbadpokerfaceplz: Uh, thanks…are you okay? While carefully sweeping that lethal thing towards her with her tail….
Or something.

Thank you :) Expressions are one of my most favorite, and most difficult, things for me to do. I try to keep them in-character, while at the same time, making their portrayal of their emotion/feeling recognizable to others. I'm happy that you picked away at this like that, it's a sigh of relief to me to know that I was able to get that feeling across :) 
And it makes me VERY happy to know that you like these two! I consider them both to be alter-egos of mine…I'm not entirely sure how it worked out like that (and considering the fact that real-life me is more similar to D.J. than Sierra, my "real" alter ego…strange, I know), it just did. Although, sometimes it feels like I draw them too much :XD: Still, thank you so much! :hug:
Oh, I have their whole life stories plotted out in my head. Along with other characters of mine, the stories are laid out much like a book. In fact, I've been thinking about writing a book about them for a long time. However, there are a few key elements that are missing, or parts that don't quite fit. I don't know how this will all play out in the end. But I'm hoping that, with time and experience, I may finally piece things together until it flows with everything :) 

Lol, sorry to bore you with that extremely long comment there. I tend to get carried away when it comes to describing things, so sorry about that ^^; 






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Jack-13 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Awww, that's adorable!
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dawww, why thank you! :love:
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Shinxgod Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
note to self, dethorn first.

aaaaanyway i wanna do dis for my lil umbreon :icon197shinyumbreon:
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a smart idea :XD:
What do you mean, exactly?
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Shinxgod Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
need to get him a rose. perhaps dethorn it though, to remove the discomfort shown here. XD
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, roses are prickly enough without sticking them in your mouth :XD: 
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Shinxgod Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
ow my tongue!

thats for licking! not stabbing!
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Emzie92 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cute!!! :iconchuuplz: How romantic of him~ :iconadorableplz:
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THE FEELS :iconallthethingsplz:

Lolol, he tires (and fails thorn-tastically, as you can see :stare:)

I MADE A JOKE YO :icontoocoolplz:

:iconfacewallplz:

But yes, in all seriousness, D.J. does have feels towards the flame-furred vixen….feels that she is quite oblivious of :XD: 
*Siiiggggghhh* I sound like hopeless romantic :roll:
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HinataFox790 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is very beautiful and romantic. Very good work as always. :clap:
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RedlaSunShowers029 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
aw how cute! poor foxy. hope she liked it. i'll be refing this sometime because this is beautiful and i suck at poses. is that okay?
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, he'll be alright :XD: And yes, she liked his gift :aww:
You can't place copyright on a pose :) Just as long as you don't copy the original artwork, by all means, reference away! :D It's how artists learn after all. But thank you for asking! I feel honored that you like it enough to want to use it as a reference :) 
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RedlaSunShowers029 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

aw I'm glad. that wasn't for nothing then :D

i know. thank you. i really do. keep it up :D

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raxemus Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Roses need to cut <_>
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CatBeast17 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Or de-thorned, at least :stare: 
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