Thanks Ltaniea. Hurry up Husband!!
Sandra, thanks for the close ups, beautiful, just beautiful.
Yes, Sandra, that is exactly how I do it. I will include a close up of my Young Tiger's paw in various stages. I do believe it took 8 + layers but I will only show a few to give you the idea. You will also notice I used artistic license with the color. I wanted brighter and bolder that the reference photo, mainly because this image was to be used for t-shirts.
The first one is the reference photo. I found the darkest colors in a given area and used those for my base.
The second is the painted first layer.
The third I have scratched and there is already some layering.
The fourth is the finished product.