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|