Thursday, 14 June 2012

black jaguar progress - nose and fur detail


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It has been such a long time since I last blogged properly! The last month has seen me move house, pack up my life then unpack it the other end :) a very strange feeling to pull up beside your removal van at the lights knowing that your whole life and existence is in that van, and then the huge sigh of relief as you see all your belongings steadily fill up your new place!

I had become quite distant and unenthused about my black jaguar painting until I brought him out again recently. I love his expression and peaceful pose but it just doesn't work with the landscape format I was hoping for, to work into my 'Big Cat' series. So instead I looked at some different shaped mounts and have decided to turn the initial crop into a square face format. This immediately gave him the 'Impact' I was searching for.

Photographing 'black' animals is a challenge in itself with regard to exposure and balance, and capturing colouring in this painting is not short of difficulties. I have painted a black labrador before but this time it was crucial for me to find the three dimensional structure in the face whilst giving light and shade to his striking markings. Since my last post I have worked in more detail to the left side, quickly realising that I needed to tone down the highlighted areas so I could concentrate on the bulk of the dark fur, adding the highlights nearer the end as I was finding them too distracting. I am now having another break from him to work on a new piece!

I've finally got round to starting my new mountain lion painting. Characteristically for my big cat series I have marked out the facial positioning of my landscape format and have played around with different background colourings and effects. I will post an update photo once I have enough to talk about :)

6 comments:

Peter Brown said...

A challenging subject Julia, but I know you have what it takes to pull it off!

Vicki Greene said...

I am glad that you are getting settled in your new home and back to painting! You work is so inspiring

Julia Ruffles | wildlife artist said...

thankyou Peter! Challenging very much so, always learning!

Thankyou Vicki :) I have really missed my art! Jules

hmuxo said...

OH MY GOSH, Julia!! He is so beautiful...wonderful photograph of him...you can see his incredible expression as well as his amazing eyes...you are SO talented...love him and will be waiting for an update!!

Marc Calvo said...

For me, its much difficult to adding the lights and the shadows, when the felines precisely are not melanistic; when i paint tigers leopards and some linxes i have many difficulties to mark intermediate tones and the lights toguether with the dark tones of stripes and spots. These animals have a certain complexity with his numerous body marks.Its just like hapens when i paint, the numerous barred and spotted marks of feathers of some birds like; the great gray owl, the nightjars,the snipes or woodcocks.

Julia Ruffles | wildlife artist said...

thankyou Hilda :)great to hear from you!

Hello Marc, I love their markings, it is what brings the whole animal together, much more difficult on a melanistic animal, thankyou, Jules

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