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Touch Not the Cat by telophase Touch Not the Cat by telophase
Matsumoto from Bleach! Being kickass! Or at least stern!

If you don't know the character, her sword dissolves into ash that she can direct using her reiatsu (spiritual energy). It's named Haineko, or Ash Cat. Hence the title, which comes from the motto "Touch not the cat bot a glove," the motto of a few Scottish clans, which means not to mess with the wildcat when its claws are unsheathed. :)

Painted in Photoshop, over waaay too many days, following the tutorial I bought from ~devotion-graphics, which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.


ETA: I cannot believe I misspelled "Scottish." My Clan Fraser ancestors are spinning in their graves!
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:iconnikkiwardart:
NikkiWardArt Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh hey...that's the motto for my clan, too! Clan Mackintosh! :3

Beautifully painted piece. :)
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bosronald Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Impressive
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:iconlionsong:
Lionsong Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconmatsumotoplz::iconsaysplz: Your gorgeous art has been featured! [link] Please :+fav: the article if you love it! :heart:
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ShanbyRow Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
GORGEOUS! It Is The Wonderful Work! Amazing!
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:icononlynameleft2pick:
Onlynameleft2pick Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Simply... Lovely.
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:icongodzilla738:
Godzilla738 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
o_0 that...is...asum...and im saying that cuz its sexy & it looks real!
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:iconslsleo:
slsleo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
very nice...she even looks like a neko!!
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:icongercho:
GeRcHo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Nice, very realistic!
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:iconnekohimeanny:
NekoHimeAnny Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
wow... awesome art!! i love it!! :D
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:iconbeatrizalbir:
BeatrizAlbir Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Fantastic, very realistic, love the effect of the ashes
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icontalentlessassassin:
TalentlessAssassin Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
Beautiful...
If I had the words, I'd say more.
But she does look kickass.

And that motto is sound advice.
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:iconakuni-a:
Akuni-A Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009   Writer
She turned out wonderfully! Love the ashy effect.
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconannieroo2:
annieroo2 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Oh my, this is just gorgeous!
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:iconrahhel:
Rahhel Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
This is a stunning potrait.
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:icontos-toki-chan:
ToS-Toki-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
She really looks kickass~! ;P

Awesome! :+fav:
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:iconburossamu-chan:
Burossamu-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
I'm amazed. It actually does look like her. Kick-ass.
Lol, good job. ;3
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thanks!
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:iconitz-cindyrella:
itz-Cindyrella Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
i thought she was Tsunade from Naruto O__________O
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:iconwakiagaru:
wakiagaru Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
ahh~ she looks treacherously good in full view. props!!
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:iconemoshinigami:
EmoShinigamI Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
aAMAZING!!!! *__*

btw i would do the nose a bit thinner...
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!

If I did the nose thinner, it would look unrealistically small and weird, IMHO.
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:iconemtigereyes:
emtigereyes Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
Awesomeness. But then, that's what I've come to expect from you. :D
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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pluginbliss Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
wow i love the way her hair is painted :D

beautiful picture
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It took me forever to do her hair. I started over five times. XD Thanks!
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:iconflyingpeachbun:
flyingpeachbun Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009   Digital Artist
Very nice~ I only know the character a little, but I think she looks kickass ;D
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconaxforamnesty:
aXforamnesty Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
VERY cool!
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icongrieving-lost-soul:
grieving-lost-soul Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
I love it!
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:icongrieving-lost-soul:
grieving-lost-soul Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
No prob!
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:iconrealm-of-the-shadows:
Realm-Of-The-Shadows Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
hot...AND fierce!

well done!
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconrealm-of-the-shadows:
Realm-Of-The-Shadows Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
ever wondered the secrets behind the "beauty mole"?
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't be surprised to find out that Kubo Tite based the character on Honey West.
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:iconrealm-of-the-shadows:
Realm-Of-The-Shadows Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
wow, never heard of her before! can't miss the resemblance!
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hadn't heard of her before, either, but someone on my LJ commented to a work-in-progress pic that they didn't know the character I was drawing, but she looked a lot like Honey West. So I looked her up ... wow, spot on!
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:iconrealm-of-the-shadows:
Realm-Of-The-Shadows Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
lol you'd be surprised how much we still inspire Japan right? XD
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:iconninja-g33k:
Ninja-G33k Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
Gorgeous!

It's always cool to see manga/anime character rendered in a more realistic style.
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D I like doing it because with fanart I can practice the styles and techniques without stressing over character development and the character on the page not matching the one in my head. It removes a layer of complexity. :D
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