Thursday, September 8, 2011

Oaxacan Big Cat, Stage 3!

^ I use Post-It Notes and scrap pieces of paper to keep uncolored (and finished) portions of the illustration clean. I'm preparing to work on the Big Cat's forelegs.


^ Partially-completed foreleg.


^ Closeup of the foreleg area.


^ Primed area which includes a spot in need of correction (the impression along the bottom of the paw).


^ Pulling back to show the Big Cat's finished "mittens" on its forelegs.


^ Closeup of the foreleg showing another pattern that has been sketched in.


^ Another work space shot.


^ I didn't use a stylus for every impressed line; for this pattern, I pressed a colored pencil hard enough to indent the paper slightly.


^ Colored around the impressed spots. It has a nice effect and is fairly quick.


^ Inner foreleg patch colored. I love neon greens!


^ Preparing to work on the same impressed-spot area of the other foreleg. Post-It Notes and scrap paper galore!


^ The finished impressed-spot area.


^ Working on the toes. The dewclaw is finished, whereas the larger toes have been primed.


^ Paws completed! Forelegs almost done.


^ Closeup of the right forepaw.


^ Forelegs completed!


^ Closeup of another impressed-line pattern.


^ A shot of the head after I polished it up a bit.


^ How every section begins: slowly priming bit by bit.


^ Closeup of the golden eyebrow line. I added it by gently scraping some of the purple away with an X-Acto knife and recoloring.


Photos showing the progress on the Big Cat's forelegs.
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