Greetings, my fine feathered friend!
I finally started working on the color version of the snow leopard! :) As always, the eyes come first. Despite all the work I put into coloring the eyes, they never look three-dimensional until the dark skin around them has been added. I should have taken a picture to illustrate, but I got carried away with my work. No surprise there! :)
Tips for making spotted fur: add dark brown or sepia to the edges of black spots to give them a softer edge. When making the shape of spots, be sure to scribble! Yes, scribbling is allowed despite what your elementary school teacher told you. :) A spot is made from a cluster of dark colored hairs, and hair is supple. Stands to reason if you can have a "bad hair day", a snow leopard can too! So ruff up that fur for a more realistic effect.
Until next time: Happy Flying!