Jiu Ming, or Nine Lives, once prince of the Sphynx Pride now lives secluded in the mountains of the Jade Forest in Pandaria. The Pride evaporated during the cat*aclsym (heh) Instead of a lavish palace lifestyle, he plunders for food, robs carriages that pass through the forests nearby, and trains diligently to pass the time--until the day he loses his eigth life. Then, and only then will he return from isolation and sieze Azeroth by storm, taking his regency by force. After all, a Cat can only make nine attempts.
This was a challenging piece as I've never done anything hand painted, and to be fair I sourced quite a bit from the hi-res model. I followed Marc Brunet's awesome tutorial on making hand painted characters and learned quite a bit while working on this project. Unfortunately I'm a bit late for the contest turn in, but that's okay. Onto the next project and hopefully some painting studies!
Programs used: Maya, Zbrush, Photoshop, 3D-Coat