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02-04-2012, 09:54 PM
Hello, friends! Have not been here for a while!:wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Feb-2012/2940-DSCN1032.JPG

This is my first painting of the animal. I paint for over 12 years but always was afraid to paint an animal...I used my friends photo for a reference. She is an African Tour Guide and takes a lot of beautiful photos!
What do you think?

Acrylic on canvas. 18" by 18"


02-04-2012, 11:04 PM
Welcome Back Julia, Great painting for your first animal!!
Keep up the great work! :)

02-05-2012, 09:28 AM
Good work, well done on your first animal.

02-05-2012, 01:53 PM
Thank you, Kathie :) I need to take course on painting fur though. Patti, the photographer, has so many beautiful photos of animals and birds of Africa, I need to learn how to fast , he-he... ;)

02-05-2012, 01:55 PM
Thank You, Karen :)

Ms Nan
02-05-2012, 04:41 PM
Very very nice. You are so lucky to have a friend willing to share lots of neat photos of animals with you. Let's see lots more from you!

02-06-2012, 02:05 AM
Good job for a first animal I think you should define more the volumes on the leopard with shadows to show the shape of the muscles ans frame behind the fur you did a good job with the bg but IMHO it competes a bit with the animal

02-06-2012, 09:34 PM
Thank You, Robert for looking at and comments :) It is more contrast in colors in real but I did not defy the muscles as I some how did not think about it, but I should. I guess I need more experience in painting animals and maybe I need to take a class. I am too used to paint still life and landscapes, no people, no animals...:o :)

02-07-2012, 09:59 AM
You re on the right way by doing it Practice and observation can do the rest here is a link with some old books you can download for free humans and animals hav'nt change so much since their publication


02-07-2012, 12:37 PM
Thank you, Robert :)

So... no evolution progress since publishing of this book?:cat: :)