This is my Carey (AKA Caramel), a champagne mink Tonkinese.
I'm still struggling to capture the subtle differences in value & texture in her body, but I am really pleased with her face & head. I've started this and similar cat portraits many times and hit brick walls much earlier in the process. I've always given up, but I am obsessed with finishing this. Can't tell you how many layers of paint are in some parts of her, I've started over so many times. But in general, I am very pleased.
Opaque watercolor (casein maybe more than gouache) is definitely for me. I struggled the past 4-5 years to use transparent watercolor, but this "dark to light" just makes more sense to me.
Comments & critique are encouraged. I know myself well enough to not be ruffled by anything and I'm too honest with myself to get a swelled head too.
Doug (the NC one)