Hello All! I've started this new painting of a stunning snow leopard - one that I've had drawn out for a long while but kept doing others before it. I also needed a bit of a break from using 'orange' colouring i.e tiger / red panda / ginger cat! I decided to crop the face for a striking image, these 'close-up' paintings allow the viewer to get close to these big cats and appreciate every aspect of their gorgeous faces. I do really enjoy capturing the full figure of an animal and then sometimes I love to zoom in for closer detail.
These first few photos are taken after sketching out the facial markings and main features, and then filling in faint colouring to show myself where they are intended to go. The facial markings on any animal are so important as they contour the face and give the 3D realistic appearance of the picture. I then started to paint in the eyes and the iris detail and colouring, eyes vary considerably in colour depending on lighting / reflected colours. You can strengthen colours you see in the eyes if you wish for a stronger more intense look. Cats eye colours are so beautiful and vary between all the big cats.