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Naomi21
11-14-2007, 07:26 AM
After a total drawing-depression, I decided to do something other than usual; a snowleopard, which makes my first "wildlife"-work :) .
I've used a wonderful referencephoto I've found in the RIL from Crias:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=30322
Crias; thank you for sharing your photo! :)

I'm trying to do more with backgrounds but ah... they aren't that easy!
I think what is missing in this one, is a connection between the background and the leopard... perhaps the total is a bit messy as wel?

I've been using pastels, al lot of pearl, silver and gold colours. I don't believe you see them on the pictures but on the original, everything is shiny and sparkling :) .
The format is A3, about 30x42 centimeters.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2007/87199-SPdonker2.jpg

And a close-up, the colours are much more white here, the truth is somewhere in between:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2007/87199-spcrop.jpg

I love to learn, so if anyone has any critics or advices? I really love to read them :) !

Sandiclaus
11-14-2007, 10:35 AM
Naomi,

You have rendered the cat really well. The rocks bother me a bit, though, as they seem to have the same intensity as the cat. I would like this better if you toned the rocks down, especially the ones on (our) right.
Great job, though!

Sandi

LJW
11-14-2007, 12:43 PM
I think this is a beautiful painting. His fur is so well done. Jane

beautifulbay
11-14-2007, 12:53 PM
beautiful job!

jody007
11-14-2007, 02:46 PM
Wow that's really beautiful! I love it!
Jody

flyfisherflyfisher1
11-14-2007, 04:22 PM
Wow! Really well done! I love the rocks. Great fur!
Thanks for sharing!
Pete

ARTMUTT
11-14-2007, 04:41 PM
The cat is wonderful! I agree that the rocks are competing for the cat's attention. I like them but they just need to be toned down a bit and then I think the cat will pop off the page!!

winecountry
11-14-2007, 06:02 PM
yes I agree, just slightly toned down, they are stylized, but work well with the swirly fur and the whole is harmonious
colleen

art lady
11-14-2007, 06:30 PM
The Snowleopard is exciting. I like the way you captured the look in his eyes. Can't you just see him perched on a limb; waiting for his prey?

PatrickHedges
11-14-2007, 07:31 PM
Same as others. Tone the rocks down a bit, but this is excellent. Hope you do more wildlife.

pinups
11-14-2007, 09:43 PM
I hate to admit it but the rocks look a little glassy to me. I think the leopard is wonderful though.

Naomi21
11-15-2007, 01:33 PM
Thank you so much everyone! :)

I can see what is meant by the colours in the rocks... how weird I didn't see it while working, I just really missed that :o !
I guess I've to leave some colours out of my reach sometimes, when I like them, I can't leave it to use them...

Pinups: owh I don't bother that you've mentioned the glassy part in the rocks :) ! I had a real fight with them, so they just couldn't be right one way or the other :D .
Do you mean by glassy that they look too vulnerable and that they should be more solid? :)

PatrickHedges
11-15-2007, 07:04 PM
Do you mean by glassy that they look too vulnerable and that they should be more solid?If I might answer that, I think it's because they look kind of swirly and translucent, like some glass sculptures or those glass bathroom bricks - if you know what I mean.

Snowy Owl
11-16-2007, 11:45 AM
Wow - absolutely beautiful painting. I love the leopard, so real. I like the rocks too, possibly they could be toned down as others commented. I think it's great.

Naomi21
11-17-2007, 08:21 AM
Ah thank you for replying Patrick! Thinking about about bathroom bricks, I believe I get the point :) .

Thank you for the compliments and comments Snowy :) !

LEIGH RUST
11-17-2007, 12:05 PM
Brilliant rendition of this amazing ref. I love the way you've captured the leopard and especially how you've made the effort to shot the reflected light on the rocks. Tone them down a bit and you've got a winner on your hands here!

pinups
11-17-2007, 06:33 PM
Hi,
yes I meant they kind of have a melted glass translucent shine to them. I love the way you did the leopard though and I must admit I did paint the same reference myself apparently its quite a popular image to paint as its gorgeous imho.

Netty
11-18-2007, 07:44 AM
Really lovely Naomi!!!! Gorgeous job on the fur. I hope you are inspired to do more big cats.... :)

Annie:)

armelle018
11-18-2007, 02:29 PM
Really, really beautiful !