Hi all, just got back from being away for a while looking after a sick rellie. So I am trying to catch up with all the great stuff that's been posted lately and this is no exception.
Irfan, the zebra is very well scratched. I know how hard it is to get those stripes right. Lots of drama there. But I too think your background looks a little strange and a little rushed to fill the board.
There is light coming from the background, the foreground and on the left hand side of the little tree at the front. So my mind is trying to figure out where the actual light is coming from and its distracting me from the lovely work you have done on the zebra.
Those background trunks are dead flat, yet it appears the zebras rear is leaning up against it. If it were that close to the zebra it should have a little roundness to it.
IF it were my painting, and I have had plenty that I was not sure about where they were going, I would really darken that light background heaps just to see what the difference is and to make your foreground pop and become the centre of the piece. The eye goes straight to a background that doesn't really hold a lot of interest. You can always rescratch the background again if it does not look right.
I also think that if you are going to do a large board then you really need to plan a background. If you look at the work of some of the others on here that are so good at backgrounds, you will see that there is a lot of detail in them, the perpective is spot on and they are full of interest. They are very well planned.
I uploaded a work of mine on here a while ago that did not have any background in the ref. it was 16 x 12 which was quite big for me and ambitious. When I finished the animal, I tried to be a bit lazy and just put a little bit of foreground in. It was c & C'd on here. I took that advice and it didn't quite turn out the way it was meant to. But that was my skill error.
So, not to be beaten, I took up the challenge and played around with it a lot to get it just the way I wanted it. It finished up being my best painting.
I hope this does not offend you in any way. But I don't think it will as i have seen your works c & C'd on here before and how you've taken up the challenge of making a few adjustments and turned them into beautiful winners like the big cat coming out from under the branch .