Wednesday, 6 April 2011

NEW jaguar painting

Hello everybody, so I've started a new painting of a stunning jaguar. This particular image plus lots of various reference photos were taken as part of my birthday present last year on a photography course called 'Photographers on Safari' which was held at Dartmoor Zoological Park (DZP) Devon. I am by no means a photographer but I do enjoy taking pictures, plus against all the other photographers that I shared the course with I know I am only looking to image the animal as opposed to worrying about the perfect composition and background etc. I have the easy editing job being an artist!

I had the most fantastic day, the sun was shining, the other people were so fantastic to talk with, and it was in all a very inspiring and motivating day! It was there I first met 'Sovereign' in my opinion the most magnificent big cat you will ever lay eyes upon - he took my breath away! The zoo is fantastic for taking great shots of most of the big cats as they have open (non-caged) enclosures. Unfortunately the zoo has been struggling over recent years but hopefully with success of the upcoming movie surrounding the zoo and its owning family they will draw in more crowds as it is a beautiful area and park.

This painting will be the first in a large series I hope to do of 'big cat faces' on a square placement. I rarely paint animals looking directly at the viewer however I want to capture every big cat face on. This will make for a striking wall display or a 'pick n mix' selection of your favourite big cats! It will show each animal with their unique bone structure/nose/eyes/cheeks/colouring/patternation etc. Obviously as I want to try and do every big cat this will take time and I will be doing various other arts inbetween, but it has always been a dream to capture each one independently - it will be quite mesmerising and a lot of fun :)

I haven't posted for a few days as I didn't really see the point in putting up a photo of the beginning stages before anything starts to develop, so here I have painted in the eyes and marked in the spots on the right side, I have started to develop the right eye and surrounding area in more precise detail.

Cotman watercolours on Cotman watercolour paper 425 gsm

10 comments:

Wendy Mould said...

WOW!! You have got a great start on that picture. You must have got some wonderful reference material. Good luck with this project. I will look forward to seeing it develop over time.

Julia Ruffles | wildlife animal artist said...

thankyou Wendy :) I took loads of reference pictures - but it was more about the fantastic experience, I hope you are well, Jules

Judy said...

This is going to be another fabulous work of art.

Andrew said...

As i pulled up this picture up i kind of gazed at the bottom where you had started on the neck, than i looked at the eyes, they looked very powerful next to the preliminary parts of the neck.

Grahame Butler said...

Looking great Julia, looking forward to seeing the progress shots..

Julia Ruffles | wildlife animal artist said...

thankyou Judy/Grahame/Andrew :) the neck of the jag will create some depth therefore will be a little out of focus, Jules

hmuxo said...

I absolutely love WIP, Julia. This painting is wonderful so far. You have such a talent with these animals. I also love "Above and Beyond"...Beautifully painted!!

Julia Ruffles | wildlife animal artist said...

thankyou SO much Hilda :) you're very kind, have a lovely day! Jules

Debbie said...

This is looking great so far... can't wait to see it complete and the rest of the series!!!

Dors said...

Hi Julia. I am so pleased that you visited my site and following as I had not been to your site before. I love your work... such talent. I will be back to see more of your work.

Great job on the Jaguar.

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