View Full Version : puma/cougar FINISHED

04-10-2011, 04:20 AM
Time to move on from my Filly and start something new. This is 16 x 12. The reference is Steve Tracy.

i have just about finished the puma and am getting stuck into the dead tree. Thought about a background as this photo is a stunning shot with the animal very high up in the tree overlooking a valley but I don't think I will. Not ready for them yet. And I am thinking of colouring it. But I will leave it till I finish and then try and decide. Decisions decisions.


04-10-2011, 05:17 AM
Great pose! Really nice work so far, Lesley.

04-10-2011, 05:43 AM
OOh nice texture on the wood and fur so far, looking good!

04-10-2011, 06:20 AM
I am amazed at how much progress people make in a relatively short time. You just finished that filly, Lesley and now you've gotten so much done on this lovely cat!

It's a striking and powerful composition with just the tree and puma, I think you're wise to leave the background out.

Harry Seymour
04-10-2011, 08:52 AM
This is stunning. Can't wait to see more.

04-10-2011, 08:57 AM
This looks great! You could certainly colour it or simply tone it for B&W because it looks overscratched in readiness for either decision you make. I like it!!

04-10-2011, 10:00 AM
Unfortunately there is not much tonal value in the ref. It's pretty flat, that's why I thought I might colour it. Anyway I'll see what eventuates. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments. Much appreciated.

04-10-2011, 10:36 AM
Just curious and ignorant. Are there large predator cats in Australia?
Your cougar is beautiful.

04-10-2011, 10:58 AM
Don't think there have been any sightings in the last couple of 100 years Ken but there were sightings of huge balck cats around the hills here some time agao but none of it was ever proven. Unfortunately, there are none of these beautiful animals in the wild here but there are many other gorgeous creatures.

04-10-2011, 12:01 PM
Lesley, fantastic work so far. I love the composition and the texture and detail you're achieving. Looking forward to the progress.

Diana Lee
04-10-2011, 04:09 PM
Tree looks great, as does the puma!


04-10-2011, 05:53 PM
This looks great. I like the alert look of the Cougar. Looks as if it may have spotted dinner.

04-10-2011, 07:55 PM

04-11-2011, 03:40 AM
Ooh me's like this very much, can't wait to see more.


fire angel
04-11-2011, 10:59 AM
This is beautiful!! The fur and the tree are both excellent!!

04-11-2011, 04:50 PM
This is beautiful!! The fur and the tree are both excellent!!

I agree with Greg. As you know, I love your work. This is fantastic. I love the composition of it also and don't believe it needs background. Can't wait to see it finished.

04-11-2011, 11:25 PM
This is going to be beautiful as it already is. It seems that the majority of scratchboard artist enjoy doing the cats and I don't blame them for they are my absolute favorite creatures too.

04-12-2011, 11:07 AM
Love the reference and I love love your scratchboard!! Looking brilliant Lesley!:)

04-12-2011, 11:34 PM
Hi all - am calling this one finished. A little bit more tweaking left. Hasn't been sprayed yet - (dreading that), but any c & C's welcome.

I have used quite a bit of artistic licence in this piece with the colour. Inktense pencils. I also used a little f/g brush and for the tree the 4 prong apmersand pen came in pretty handy. Does nice soft scratches.

The colours on the tree are really a lot more vibrant than is shown here. On my screen it looks like I have another no colour, but it really is there. Here is a close up of the tree closer to the colour

04-13-2011, 12:08 AM
:eek: :eek: whoa nnnnnnnnnnnnice!!!

04-13-2011, 12:12 AM
Fantastic work on that tree...great coloring and scratching!! The lion looks really great in coloring and scratching but something looks really off with the hind legs... His hind right (on our left) compares well with the front paws but the other one doesn't look the same in comparision...it looks quite small.

Other than that, it's a really well done piece. I sure like the attentive/alert look on his face and just have to mention that awesome looking tree again.:thumbsup:

04-13-2011, 01:43 AM
A very interesting and well crafted piece

04-13-2011, 02:01 AM
Lorna, this is a pic of the ref. I think it is just the way he is sitting that makes him look weird. I think he is actually covering a lot of that leg and his foot. I will have another look at it but I don't think i can do much more to it now.


04-13-2011, 03:44 AM
That's terrific Lesley. Your colouring worked a treat. I love it

04-13-2011, 04:38 AM
Fantastic, Lesley :clap:
I love the coloring on cat and the tree. Good call on removing that bit of tree from behind his chin too.

04-13-2011, 04:57 AM
ahhhh...I see. That does look wierd but as you say he must be covering it. You really did great job!

04-13-2011, 05:20 AM
Beautiful Lesley - look at those paws! Very very well done - especially the tree, very nice :)

04-13-2011, 10:34 AM
Wow, Lesley!! INCREDIBLE!! I really love the texture of the tree. Well done. :thumbsup:

Diana Lee
04-13-2011, 10:41 AM
Absolutely wonderful!!!! I'm glad you left the background out!


Harry Seymour
04-13-2011, 10:47 AM
Lesley--this is simply gorgeous. It has it all as fine art goes. Beautiful work.

fire angel
04-13-2011, 11:40 AM
Absolutely Beautiful finish!! The coloring is fabulous!!

04-13-2011, 11:38 PM
Mmm. Thought I had finished this on the last post but have done some more inking and scratching. Thanks Lorna about the leg. I have tried to push his belly over a wee bit more to look as though he is leaning on it. I don't think there is any more I can do to the leg now other than cut it off.:lol:

I am hoping it is finished now as I need to move on. But I can already see a little bit of darkness on his back that I will remove later. This will be the last bugle post though.

04-14-2011, 01:05 AM
Frame it, Hang it, call it done! :thumbsup:

04-14-2011, 02:37 AM
Gorgeous art! Thanks for sharing the close up of the tree. Excellent work.

04-14-2011, 05:26 AM
Thanks Brett, Ann, Greg, Venkat, Pam, Patrick, Lorna, Eilis, Harry, Diana and Hector for some really nice comments. Much appreciated.

04-14-2011, 07:44 AM
This is soooo beautiful! LOVE the coloring and the scratching is superb.

04-14-2011, 08:22 AM
Lesley : The coloring is superb . Looks better than the reference . The fur texture has more details in your work

04-14-2011, 09:05 AM

04-14-2011, 10:23 AM
Lesley, this is fantastic. Wel done!

04-14-2011, 10:45 AM
Wonderful work Leslie! This i my first time to look in on ths one and what a treat! Your best yet in my opinion. Even after seeing the close ups on the tree I am still not quite sure how you created such great texture :D

This cat is from Triple D game farm that sets up thier trained animals for photographers (for a fairly hefty price). They use the same old snag tree for most of their photo shoots so it is a bit recognisable here in the US if you know, but still makes a nice image :D

04-14-2011, 11:26 AM
Either two elements in this would have....VERY MUCH, stood on there own. I agree with everyone here... gosh, im hanging out with scratchboard super stars.

04-14-2011, 06:39 PM
Wow!! Lesley this one is stunning! I too love the texture of the tree.:)

04-14-2011, 07:16 PM
:eek: wow that is amazing the tree is wonderful.. i am really looking forward to trying colour now i can't imagine doing anything this good tho

Harry Seymour
04-14-2011, 08:00 PM
Lesley--it's still wonderful.

04-14-2011, 08:51 PM
Thank you Harry, Jen, Rodman, Sammy, Irfan, Judy.

Cathy that is so interesting. This Australian photographer has quite of few of these shots and i was wondering why it was always from the same tree.

He is a wildlife lover and has just returned from Japan where he lived for many years. He spent a lot of time in the wilderness capturing his photos and has some wonderful shots.

I think the tree is the focal point of this piece with a little cougar thrown in for a bit of a distraction.

I mainly used the exacto number 11 for the trunk and scratched quite hard. Down the edges of the tree I used the f/g brush. There is also a bit of the speedball #113 to bring out the edges of the cracks. I love that tool. And lastly, I dragged the Ampersand 4 prong tool along the trunk in places to soften the scratching.

Thank you all for your interest.

04-14-2011, 09:59 PM
I thought the initial picture was stunning but this is just jaw-dropping. makes me want to scratch (haven't been able to do that for a while).

04-14-2011, 11:51 PM
Love it! :clap: I admire your use of color! What colors did you use for the fur? I have a set of inktense pencils and I have yet to figure out how to apply them successfully.

04-15-2011, 03:13 AM
I used mainly the earth colours - especially baked earth with for the cougar. You can get most of the hues with these pencils just by diluting them. Just dip your brush in water and rub it across the tip of the pencil. Then before you put it to the board dab it onto a bit of watercolour paper to get the right strength. You may have to add more water if you want the colour to be less intense. But if you are not sure always err on the side of less intense. Then you can go over the top with another coat to deepend the colour if you need to.

I have found that many of them especially the reds and yellows can be difficult to scratch out. The colour seems to leach into the board quite deeply so be a bit cautious with those reddish hues.

04-15-2011, 11:15 PM
So nice!!! I love the way the tail drapes along the branch. The composition works so well.

04-16-2011, 12:26 AM
Thanks tigress. It was a great reference. All kudos to the photographer