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Ghosts of Akbar by kalicothekat Ghosts of Akbar by kalicothekat
(Terrible quality photo Dx).

History lesson time!
Cheetahs used to be quite prosperous in India. Akbar the Great captured thousands of cheetahs and domesticated them for hunting animals. However, when the cheetah's caretakers attempted to breed the cheetahs, they reached a dead end: only one litter of three was bred out of all the thousands of his cheetahs. No matter how many more they tried to breed, not one more litter was produced of the captive cheetahs.

And now there are no cheetahs left in Asia. The ones left in the rest of the world are in danger, for the refusal/failure-to-breed-in-captivity problem is hindering efforts to save them.

Akbar might have enslaved them...but they rebelled in their own way.

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The hood outfit of the cheetah in the distance (not that you can see it in this terrible photo) was an actual Indian cheetah hunting outfit! See this Stubbs painting: [link]

My own references used from a recent trip to the zoo (and my friend's photos of the Taj Mahal--which wasn't technically built until a few years after Akbar's reign...=P)
Watercolors <3
24" x 18" (aka huge)
Many hours x___x

© :iconkalicothekat:
I'll try to take another photo soon...this one is so grainy and the colors are completely wrong x_x.
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:iconlegend-tony980:
Legend-tony980 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
Don't worry. There are still some Asiatic cheetahs left in Iran. Eventually, they will return back to India. I'm sure of it. The Asian animal kingdom will be back to its former glory in this era. :D
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LSouthern Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconbigcats: Congratulations! This work has been included in our latest Feature bigcats.deviantart.com/journal…
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very good job
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Dolphinsea Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I remember reading about Akbar in an old Zoobook that I had from about 10 years ago (XD ish old) awesome pic!
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usagi23 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
WOOW! Is a good draw *O*
=)
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cheetahsintheearth Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
used to live in india. now asiatic cheetahs only remain in iran and even there there are only 50 to 60 left in the wild. they will be declared extinct next year.
[link]
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WNPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Professional Photographer
That's one amazing drawing. :nod:
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wolvesrevolution Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
cool! i learned something today :)
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Ebiru-Zeru Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
and pretty soon, there might be almost no tigers in asia, either...I saw that a river dolphin was declared extinct the other week, makes me very sad. Beautiful painting of a sad subject
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I read about that too! So depressing :(.
Thanks!
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Kiba451 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
Wow, looks professional. Like something I'd see in a book about cheetahs. Thanks for da history lesson btw!:D
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:iconkalicothekat:
kalicothekat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! And no prob XD!
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InkSpirit Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
Really fantastic watercolor! The detail is incredible! :wow:
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Very cool, beautiful painting! I love the atmospheric effects, and the feeling of depth.

Interesting, about the problems with breeding cheetahs. I would imagine that it would have a lot to do with their genetic make-up... most cheetahs are closely related, with less than a percent difference in their genetic coding. Makes me feel especially lucky to have seen a nursing litter of cheetah cubs at our local zoo a year ago! :D
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teblad Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You always do such beautiful paintings. :) I wish I had your skills =P
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thesilentpsychogirl Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009   Traditional Artist
Beautiful painting! The expressions on the animals are really nice, and soft. :) Sad story, though :( it's hard to imagine what those poor animals went through (silly hats, too! yikes)
:hug:
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sarya Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Student Digital Artist
omff you are such a skilled painter
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Tiger-in-a-tie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
Beautiful job :heart:
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ChaosToGlory Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
Very nice job. I had never heard that story before, but it was interesting. Thank you for sharing =)
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totodos Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, I never knew that, how sad :(
But I love the fur on teh cheetas - looks so soft and.. furry =p And the bckground looks awesome - I really like the colours ya used, and it has so much depth 83
The Taj Mahal looks like it was difficult XD Still looks great though! 8D
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Xiki Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
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This is absolutely beautiful ;3;
And thank you for that interesting bit of information! o:

You are sooo talented o3o
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FictitiousEyes Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really cool! Thanks for the info, too!
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:iconkalicothekat:
kalicothekat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! And no prob :D!
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Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Your image has been featured in my journal this week. [link] :hug:

If you do not wish to be featured, let me know and I will remove it..
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:iconkalicothekat:
kalicothekat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, thank you!! I'm honored! :heart:
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Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome:hug:
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Sethaa Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
really sad story, but wonderfulpicture :3
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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The-Vampire-Danchan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Oh wonderful work! Sad story too, I actually did not know that >.<
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:iconkalicothekat:
kalicothekat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
And yeah, it's depressing :(. I hate it when animals go extinct like the Asiatic Cheetah did D:.
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The-Vampire-Danchan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
I know and I really hate it when it's the fault of humans, that's the worst :(
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Idess Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is an amazing watercolor! I love the texture of the cheetah closest to the viewer. Did you use any masking fluid in this one? If so, where? I can't see any sharp edges that masking fluid usually gives, kudos to you to making it flow so well!
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:iconkalicothekat:
kalicothekat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
I did, actually! I used it on the collar-ribbon at their feet, on the cheetah in the distance, and on the Taj Mahal (because on the actual painting, not this weird photo, the sky is completely blue, not white XD). And I had used it on a large spot in the grass, because I was going to have a hood laying on the ground as well, but I decided in the end to paint over it. But yeah, I just made sure to blend the edges of the masking fluid areas :D.
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lethe-gray Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
*proudly puffs up* The Wild Animal Park and San Diego Zoo have produced like 130 cheetahs, they finally figured it out. :)

This is a lovely picture! Young cheetah fluffyneck there is chubby! :D
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, really?? I didn't know that! That's awesome and great news! :dance:
Thanks so much!
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lethe-gray Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah up until about the mid-80s, even the best zoos didn't realize what it was that was causing the lack of mating. They figured out that they needed to rotate the on-display animals, single females and then a couple males, and by the time the female realized that there were males in "her" area, she'd come into heat and they'd mate. Thus: kittens :D The problem seemed that they were just lumping in cheetahs, and not giving them space.
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TheTexasShrimp Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Student Filmographer
of course it's a good work of art, but what really makes it good for me is the title and the way it's presented! btw, you wouldn't happen to mind somehow scanning or taking a picture of my latest, would you? my scanner is too small and i can't seem to get a good picture of it lol
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Aww thanks! The title was fun to come up with :D.
Haha sure XD. Just give it to me next time you see me (tomorrow?).
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Goagleon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy cow! That's amazing. I love it!
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:heart: Thanks!
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ynoys Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
this is really great, I love the amount of detail worked in it :D
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:iconkalicothekat:
kalicothekat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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scrii Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Student
Ahh Kalico this is so amazing, your watercolours are so fantastic. I love everything about this! :)
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thank you!!
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Hyunthesosarian Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Coming back from Furry Weekend Atlanta, I could say stuff like this could get you comfortably in Artist's Alley, if not Dealer's Den. I seriously looked at this and went, "I don't remember watching Screwbald..." Way to go, Kali <3
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! Well...I don't think I'll ever be attending a furry con =P but I love Screwbald's art! So the comparison is nice :D. Even though this was more inspired by the art of Walton Ford :heart:.
Thanks Hyun :hug:!
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Ghirga Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wh-whoa

this is... breathtaking. :heart:
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much ;;!
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Ghirga Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob =D
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