Tummy troubles

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Close view of flank and abdomen
Whilst working on the shoulder glazes I note that I have made the tummy too flat and in so doing flattened the rib cage of the cat. I need to start working on this and begin to work some shadows beneath the animal. In life the Leopard has long hairs striking into the patterns on the abdomen and along the flanks. I don't intend to put these in since they are not visible when viewed from a distance. They appear on the photo only because I used a long lens.
What I do
I created this area to describe the work I enjoy and how I go about it. My first shot at this was trying to illustrate the process of making an aviation painting destined to be submitted to the Guild of Aviation Artists Summer 2012 exhibition. I now include a similar "day by day" account of the creation of a wildlife painting. So instead of propellers and people the problem now is fur and rocks!

I've had a couple of cracks at wildlife before as you have seen on this site and at www.painters-online.co.uk where I have posted similar images. This time I was inspired to try the Leopard after attending a workshop given by Chris Jones at the Nature in Art Museum in Gloucester. Chris is an internationally known artist and a very good teacher. Although the course was "Painting fur and feathers in acrylics", I've taken some of his advice and used it to provide a framework for this oil painting.