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Ignore the Smokey Smell by TheMichaelMacRae Ignore the Smokey Smell by TheMichaelMacRae
So this picture's all sorts of weird. It was this years Mum's Day present. I was doing this with my cat the other day and thought it vital to immortalize the moment.

:D

Also the background isn't done, and there's nothing on the couch or table, I was in a super hurry to finish this picture and get it printed. I maaaaaay come back to it
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MyCatLovesMe Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your handle of light and shadow in this picture and the "study on the beach" gives a feeling of remarkable photorealism.
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DausenMoore-Art Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016   Digital Artist
I really like this. You said you were trying to "immortalize the moment" Is it a picture of you or were you talking about the moment with the cat specifically? 
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just the cat
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist
cool
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ForestStranger Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
Why is picture called "Ignore the Smokey Smell"?
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The picture was originally going to be very different and I just stuck with the name instead of changing it to fit the final image.
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:iconkeyboardcatplz: Play me off, keyboard cat! www.youtube.com/watch?v=J---ai…
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YUP
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:iconultraes-pii:
UltraEs-Pii Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
You have a piano?
Sweet!
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
He's not trying to be the next Keyboard Cat.
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keyboard cat is eternal. There can only be one.
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ThereseOfTheNorth Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
dude your stuff is so feckin realistic! I'm in awe. :)
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DM7 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love how you left the background unfinished. It gives this piece an unique touch so I'm glad you left it as it is. :D That way, it leaves a lot to the imagination and makes the main focus much more 3d that way due to the contrast. Do I even make sense? Love it!
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KqwRAD Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
So realistic palette...
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MissLemons Featured By Owner Edited Sep 12, 2014
This picture looks perfect! You even got the measurments on the insides correctly.

The girl and the cat look so cute! I like her dress.
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cheechy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't notice the background til  I read the description lol... I thought the girl looked 3D and I wondered why. this could be the reason xD
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tttroy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
man i saw this pic many times, always opened, looked at it and kept in devs to come back to it again. today i finally read the description too and WOW i din't notice how unfinished the outside is xD
Your cat is very captivating
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Polyxenia Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
that's unbelievably pretty O:
what's with the title though? what does it meeeean ?
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My original idea was to have her head turned looking out across the street and there was a burnt down house there. Thus...

However I wanted to see the side of her face so the background fell out of focus. I'm a little sticky when naming things, I generally go with the first name that cements itself in my head even if it's not my favorite or doesn't fit the picture and this picture doesn't fit into any stories I have so the name really doesn't matter to begin with.

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:iconpolyxenia:
Polyxenia Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
oh well it's a pretty title anyway.. sounds like the name of a poem :)
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whiteoxygen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Digital Artist
Stunning work, really like your values. The lines are a nice glimpse into your process xD
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BlackStrife Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing =| your entire gallery is incredible, 'scuse me for being a bit of a suck up. but damn, i hope i can paint a tenth as well as you one day.
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JNIKEL Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love the background as it is! It adds to the odd atmosphere. 
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CRSpiderman Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow
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Lapulta Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
For a second, I thought this was a real portrait. How pretty! :D
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xXextremXx Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice , may I ask what software you use for drawing
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For the past year (because I got a one year subscription from school) I've been using photoshop cc, but once that's gone it's back to CS6.
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xXextremXx Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx :)
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TootsieBear Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Now this is what I call cute!
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jemiu Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love this
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JURDGLIUSI Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2014
I thought it was rotoscop. also i get vary odd emotion and mood from this picture. even cant name it.
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Subt1e0ils Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is subtly weird and funny. I want to know more about this person.
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Anyami Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Omg I thought it was a photo!
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TandoujiVit Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Me too 😓😨😀
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OOrenji Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow that moment feel which is in this picture is.. like.. very present. :'D I don't know how to describe it more clearly. XD love it!
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TerribleTrygon Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Long cat!
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driftas Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
 It has this sharp look to it if it make sense. I'm lost for words :S
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used the lasso tool and save/load selection tools to keep everything crisp. It's labor intensive at first, but once you've got everything stenciled in it's super easy to paint really cleanly. It's what this guy: algenpfleger.tumblr.com/ is well known for. He's one of my favorite artists
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artratene Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
"thought it vital to immortalize the moment". LOL that sounds so badass.  This would be gorgeous printed, great perspective and foreshortening. I can't stop staring at it, it looks so wonderful! Looking forward to your next pieces.
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dylrocks95 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow. I didn't even notice this was drawn until I enlarged it! This is amazing. :)
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lou2209 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
and omg looking at the fullsize you are like super good a suggesting detail I gotta learn that dang
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lou2209 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oh I really love this! the unfinished background is kinda cute though I would've thought it was deliberate, has an animationy feel c:
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morgaila Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, this photo is absolutely stunning. simply, just wow.
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MastaDaras Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very nice. I love the look on the face of the cat. XD 
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shadov19 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow. first i was thought that is a photo. wow.
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