' NOIR ' black jaguar watercolour painting
original 7.5" x 4.5"
...and FINALLY here is my black jaguar painting all completed! I decided on a slightly different crop from my initial ideas which I think works well for the intensity of the cat and it really makes that golden eye POP!
I had loads of ideas for naming the painting but in the end I decided a one word title would be best suited to the sharp crop and feel of the picture, so I chose the masculine 'Noir'. We all know how difficult it is to photograph black animals as the light hits it in all different directions, well painting a dark animal is really really difficult! You have to make so many hidden decisions on what colours you'll use in the highlights and the shadows of the piece. I really wanted to captured his wonderful facial markings which can only be seen from certain angles of light. The colour palette used was a selection of dark chocolate rich tones, yellow/peach/pink/blue highlights, and the fur was a short velvet-like texture. The whiskers are usually the most terrifying part of the painting - and painting whiskers across a dark palette meant 'one chance only!' so rest assured I was concentrating very hard! In a way this painting may be one of my all time favourites as I feel I have conquered what at first seemed impossible, and I'm proud of myself for finally getting there :) I hope you enjoyed this ever-changing piece, I look forward to sharing my next painting with you! Jules
A huge thank you to Alistair Knock for allowing the use of his reference :)