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JStoltz
05-14-2007, 01:36 PM
Hi All,

I don't usually paint wildlife art. I generally stick to portaits and landscapes, but here is my first attempt. Any comments are welcome.

Thanks,
Jeff

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-May-2007/97495-CougarScan4.jpg

tanianault
05-14-2007, 06:16 PM
Hi Jeff:
I really like the colours you've chosen for this work - I think they give the work a sombre look. I also like how the narrowed expression in the eyes matches the lowered ears (although you might want to get rid of the "whites" of the eyes).

I would, though, take a further look at the neck/shoulder area - although cougars are very powerful animals, their neck and shoulder area tends toward the thin side - well, compared to say, a lion or tiger. I've attached an image from the WC! RIL that illustrates what I mean:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=38124

Really good work.

- Tania

jody007
05-14-2007, 08:36 PM
Lovely work Jeff! I do agree with Tania about the neck and shoulder.
Jody

JStoltz
05-14-2007, 10:07 PM
Tania and Jody,
Good suggestions. The photos did help me see your point. I have to admit that I think I was a little lazy when painting the body. I should have gotten a good reference image first. Tania, I also see what your talking about with the eyes, I think I humanized them a bit. I'll leave out the whites next time.

Thanks,
Jeff