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Sweenart
03-17-2012, 04:29 PM
Finally got round to something I have wanted to try for a while. Two things really , using pastels and attempting a wildlife "big cat". I decided to use a photo of a Leopard by Tambako the Jaguar, who kindly allowed me to use his photo as a ref.

I used Derwent pastel pencils on Daler Rowney Murano paper. The size is A3.

So here is my first pastel painting of a Leopard.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2012/197295-Leopard_3a_resize.jpg


Tony :)

wildlifeart89
03-17-2012, 04:44 PM
Really beautiful! I love the different colors that you've incorporated into the eyes. I hope to see more of your work here!:clap:
Paige

Sweenart
03-17-2012, 04:48 PM
Thank you Paige ,

I hope to do some more wildlife art and will post here when I do.


Tony :)

ArtbyPeggy
03-17-2012, 05:09 PM
Beautiful!

Sweenart
03-17-2012, 05:15 PM
Thank you Peggy,


Tony :)

Misted-Dream
03-17-2012, 05:29 PM
Stunning piece! And especially nice for you first big cat. :)

lisapencil
03-18-2012, 04:18 AM
Gorgeous first leopard, can't wait to see more. :clap:

tulabula
03-18-2012, 06:00 AM
wonderful!

Lexycat
03-18-2012, 07:56 AM
That's really well done, did you find you could get many layers on that paper and what shade did you use? I have a pad of it which didnt work out with coloured pencils, but may try for pastel pencils - I would be happy to get your results anyway!

Barb'sArt
03-18-2012, 09:32 AM
Stunning piece! Love your edges, and those eyes are incredible!

Winky'sMom
03-18-2012, 11:40 AM
This is great, look forward to seeing more of your work too!

evartpat
03-18-2012, 12:20 PM
Very nice! I like the moody feel of him disappearing into the darkness...:)

Kanielle
03-18-2012, 04:43 PM
Nice work... very moody.

Sweenart
03-30-2012, 03:08 PM
That's really well done, did you find you could get many layers on that paper and what shade did you use? I have a pad of it which didnt work out with coloured pencils, but may try for pastel pencils - I would be happy to get your results anyway!

I bought the Neutral shades but for this one I filled the background with dark tones as it looked good in the ref photo. I found I could put quite a few layers down with no problems. I used Derwent Pastel pencils but would like to try the big, chunky Unisons.

Thank you for your nice comment,

Tony :)

Sweenart
03-30-2012, 03:10 PM
Thank you for all the supportive comments. I hope to do a Tiger next and will post it here when I finish it. Really enjoy working with pastels and enjoy the learning process we all must go through.


Tony:)

Karen70
03-30-2012, 03:42 PM
I love his eyes - very piercing - certainly wouldn't want to meet him. Lovely.

skappy
03-30-2012, 04:01 PM
Well done and nice light
Robert

jbart
03-30-2012, 09:48 PM
Marvelous work. Beautiful painting.

Sweenart
04-08-2012, 10:32 AM
Thank you Karen, Robert & Jim,



Tony :)

kasey1
04-08-2012, 11:41 AM
nicely done, i really don't think what ever that is in the foreground is needed, try cropping it out and see if you like it w/o that.

midcoast
04-09-2012, 03:20 PM
Wow, beautifully done!

:clap:

Nancy

JoyK
04-09-2012, 04:00 PM
The values are very good - really draws one's attention to the beautifully rendered eyes.

Sweenart
04-19-2012, 01:19 PM
Thank you Karen, Nancy & Joy,

The thing in the foreground is a tree branch and it looked good in the ref photo so I decided to include it.

Tony :)

ncgirl
04-19-2012, 02:15 PM
Can't type..... hypnotized by leopard.... :D :cat:

This is so beautifully done, great coloring, fantastic detailing on the markings and yes the eyes pull you right into the painting. Excellent! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

KarenESP
04-19-2012, 03:40 PM
Love the erie stare, what a great capture of a jaguar being a jaguar - those are rare- Congratulations!!

chammi kaiser
04-20-2012, 04:36 PM
Gorgeous. Looking forward to your Tiger.

Sweenart
05-01-2012, 12:49 PM
Thank you ncgirl, Karen & Chammi,

Your comments /observations are very much appreciated. :thumbsup:


Tony :)

CMHdesign
05-01-2012, 02:23 PM
Awesome job, Tony!

I too am pondering pastels and big cats. There's just something about their eyes that sucks me in. I plan to start small, but want to eventually do a huge painting of a snow leopard or black panther. You've inspired me!

Sweenart
05-01-2012, 02:43 PM
Awesome job, Tony!

I too am pondering pastels and big cats. There's just something about their eyes that sucks me in. I plan to start small, but want to eventually do a huge painting of a snow leopard or black panther. You've inspired me!

Thank you....nice to know I have inspired another artist ;)

I had never done anything with pastels before. I was inspired by an artist called Roby Baer. She does small pastel pencil paintings. The detail she manages to get with such small paintings is amazing.

Tony :)

MotownPatsy
05-02-2012, 04:39 PM
Wonderful. It looks like you could stroke his fur. Love the soft colors and the depth.

Sweenart
08-28-2012, 05:07 AM
Thanks Pat, I think pastels are the best medium to do animals with.....so easy to blend and achieve the softness you are looking for.

Tony :)

snowfall
08-30-2012, 04:05 AM
Wow - Beautifully done.

Pam

FaeLynn
08-30-2012, 07:37 AM
OooooOoooo he's lurking in the dark, what a dramatic effect! Love it, nice job!

Sweenart
08-31-2012, 02:18 PM
Thank`sPam, thanks Fae Lynn,it was a great ref photo to work from...which helps ! :wink2:


Tony :)

M.L. Schaefer
08-31-2012, 07:21 PM
Oh my, he is STRIKING! :clap: :clap: Especially against the gorgeous and deep background! :clap: :clap:

Maggy

KarenESP
09-01-2012, 09:37 AM
Really great piece, love the eye coloring, coat coloring, background deep green is very attractive with your subjects. Wonderful work :clap:

Sweenart
09-07-2012, 02:20 PM
Thank you Maggy & Karen.

Really enjoyed working with pastels. I find they are quite forgiving and you can layer them well on the right paper.... really good for animal fur etc.

Tony :)