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Old 03-19-2017, 03:35 PM
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Grandaughter project: Baby Cheetah Painting

Hello, I am working up a tutorial / project for my grandaughter who wanted to try a baby cheetah. She is seven will be eight this summer.

The reference photo that I picked for her is a baby Cheetah sitting amongst other adult Cheetahs. This way, there won't be any complicated background to paint, just a bunch of spots in varying degrees of light yellows surrounding the baby cheetah's face. Plus, spots are fun and I'm planing to show her a bit of a 'blur' technique that I figured out from research on my last elk so that the spots in the back will look like they are 'in the back of the cheetah's face.' There will be some depth to the painting, if all goes well.

Next I enlarged the reference photo (which I now have done at a copy store to make life easy on myself) big enough to fit a 24" X 30" canvas. Traced the pic on with copy paper, very lightly, that I get from Staples or Office Depot, in the typwriter section.

I wanted a large painting so there would be plenty of room for her to fit all that she wants in the Cheetah's eyeballs. I lightened the photo on my computer and had that printed off; now you can see how much is going on in the cheetah eyes, which she can choose to put in, or not.

Next I painted a very light under painting.. designed to help keep the eyes, nose and mouth in the proper areas, when it's completed, plus to get some paint down because they always seem to need a couple of coats before the canvas stops showing through.

My plan is teach her how to use some of my fur brushes and make fur like strokes and impressions .

And just because I have a really Good Feeling that it's going to turn out wonderful, I bought a piece of foam board so that she'll be able to hang it afterwards without having to frame it or do anything fancy... and it will just "float on the wall."

I found the last idea from the following WC thread, Post #5 .. How to hang a canvas panel... (there of course was more than one solution)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=377378

So here's where it is at the moment, I will post the final project when finished! And finally, there is a pic she drew for me and you can see she's already interested in animals and wildlife
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A fabulous lesson she will remember forever! Fun, too.
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And what was her reaction to this lesson?
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:44 AM
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And what was her reaction to this lesson?

Still impatiently waiting for grandaughter to show up Gayle, that's just my underpainting I put up for her
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A fabulous lesson she will remember forever! Fun, too.

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And what was her reaction to this lesson?

Oh, she hasn't come by to do the lesson yet, that's just my quick underpainting to help guide her along..
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Time well spent!
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Re: Grandaughter project: Baby Cheetah Painting

Thank you Jon..

Here we are with our update. The background is done, the eyeballs are done. Next time, we will finish the face and part of the baby cheetah's body that is sticking out to the left. Here are the photos...
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Today we used the fur brush to work on the ears.

This is Zoey's song selection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUEpmiZUhFk
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Re: Grandaughter project: Baby Cheetah Painting

She looks so happy ... decades from now she will tell her friends and children about this project.
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What a wonderful project for you both. Hopefully one day she will be able to create her own wonderful paintings to sit alongside those of her grandma.

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Re: Grandaughter project: Baby Cheetah Painting

Thank you Eila and Linda...

Well...I was invited to her school as her 'very important person' for an event... made me feel good. She didn't have as much focus when she showed up to do nose and ears, but that's the way it goes when you're seven. Next time I think I'll pick a subject that has more general painting and less detail... larger strokes only and such... fish... large iguana, I'll think of something.
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I think I'll pick a subject that has more general painting and less detail... larger strokes only and such... fish... large iguana, I'll think of something.
Dolphin, killer whale or penguin ... each are basically 2 colors and very simple .
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