Friday, January 18, 2013

Snow Leopard returns

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!


  1. eyes always look odd when i draw them too, until that black is added, glad im not the only one :)

    it looks really good right now :)

    1. Thanks Jen! :) I always wondered if others had the same experience when doing eyes. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you Vic! :) I can't wait to work on it some more :)

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    1. Thanks Serena! :) I'm having a lot of fun with this piece already.


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