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.

Head detail

Waiting for the whiskers
Penultimate image of head
This image shows the head pretty much complete. I have knocked back the right ear and cooled the area around the right ear adding some highlights to the hair in the ears and the white areas around the head. More work on the chest to stress the texture of the fur here and show how different it is to the legs and paws. I am finally happy about the nose, I had made it too big. and have worked extensively on the muzzle using a mix of Ultra and yellow ochre in varying strengths of round off this area and describe the close short coarse hair here. The eyes are still a work in progress but I'm getting there. Glazes of Cadmium Yellow here to start giving more life.