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I am a part-time pet portrait and wildlife artist living in the deep dark forest between the Royal Forest of Dean, Herefordshire and the Welsh border. A beautiful and inspiring place to live and create pet portraits and wildlife art.
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Sunday, 26 April 2009

Leopard by Wildlife Artist Karie-Ann Cooper

Leopard Wildlife Art


Ater yet another 5 o'clock start thanks to my lovely puppy Willow, I gave up the idea of sleep and soldiered on with some wildlife art. It's surprising how much you can get done when no one is bothering you for a cup of tea, clean clothes or pets needing feeding and the television blaring. I decided to go for broke and colour everywhere left with the light sienna colour as this has been the undercoating all over the portrait. After several hours of one colour I think I was going a little stir crazy but at last I could get the idea of how the finished piece of wildlife art would look like.
Then after a grey start and the threat of rain, I got back to the portrait and decided to bore myself to tears with mars black, although I do find it mind numbing to use all the the same colour, it did make the portrait look more 'real' sooner than normal, I usually have an eye completed, then maybe a cheek rather than an all over area marked out so it's good to see but I still like my tried and tested method of area by area, then I know I've got the colours right and the shapes look ok.
And here of course is the lovely Willow, she has discovered football now and is quite relentless at letting you know she wants to play, thing is even though she's a dog, she still plays better than I do!!! I quite like this pose, I know I'll have to do her portrait before long, she's almost adult looking now at just 5 months, and I think this is one to keep just in case I do it sooner rather than later, unless she gets bigger again of course!!!

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12 comments:

Sheila said...

What amazes me about the way you do your fantastic art is how you lay down all those fine whiskers and then work around them! How in the heck do you do that?!

Oh, Willow is growing into a beauty isn't she? I'd really like to see how you work her midnight black coat....hugs!

pencilportraits said...

Thanks Sheila, it really would be so much easier if cats didn't have whiskers!!!

Melody Lea Lamb said...

I love how you worked out the rest of the leopard in grays! Plus, that way you don't run into a proportion problem or something after perfect detail of the eyes, ears and head, right?

Is this one on film?
Great work!
~Melody

pencilportraits said...

It is on film Melody, I'm really getting into the swing of it now, plus it does seem to be quicker than on paper or board as there are less layers, just thousands of tiny pencil marks!!!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

This one is really a favorite of mine! I love how you start one out and the progression through the portrait.

Carol Creech said...

This looks amazing! I love seeing the details of the finished area of the face along with the part you are working on now. Great to see the process. Look forward to seeing the finished piece!
Carol

pencilportraits said...

Thank you very much Gail and Carol, this really is fast becoming my favourite too, I'm getting impatient to finish it now as I feel I've just discovered a whole new world (drafting film!) for my art. I've already sourced about 30 images and just cannot wait to try them out!

Grahame Butler said...

Fantastic work as always Karie, would love to have a go at one of the big cats myself..

pencilportraits said...

Big cats are my fascination Grahame, I love tigers and have about 10 portraits I've done but cannot post! Alas they'll just have to sit on my wall!!! Do have a go though, I'd love to see your take on a big cat.

Emily Roe said...

I like the way your layers are looking! Can't wait to see the finished piece!

Sandra Palme said...

Your drawing is coming along great! I haven't tried film yet..where did you get it?

Willow is such a beautiful dog! Maybe you could take some head shots....

pencilportraits said...

You must try film Sandra, I'm so addicted now, it's just so easy to use, unless you go that is!!! I got mine from Ebay, I bought it in bulk thinking I'd like it and bought rolls instead of palt sheets, it's not too pricey but when I first tried it and hated it, I did think it was rather a lot to waste but now I think it was the bargain of the year!!! As for my baby Willow, she's a bit of a poser so I'll have plenty of chance to get some head shots!

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