Thursday, 10 April 2014

FINISHED *Black Jaguar painting*

Presenting ' NOIR ' black jaguar

' 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 :)


Beth Niquette said...

Noir is perfect for this exquisitely detailed painting. You are amazing.

Julia Ruffles | wildlife artist said...

Thank you Beth :) you're very kind! Jules

Unknown said...

Beautiful painting Julia! Well done for completing it and glad the photo was of use as a reference :)

Julia Ruffles | wildlife artist said...

Thank you Alistair! I changed it quite a bit from my original idea, he is such a handsome cat! Thank you for your generosity once again :) Jules

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