As I use mostly sciences in my daily life, in my job, I love to use my artistic skills in my personal life. I feel some kind of balance when I paint. Big cats are very beautiful, majestic and cool, so here is my work in progress painting about a bobcat. I hope you like it. Of course any critique is very welcome be it good or bad.
Looks like a good start. Though it is a bit on the flat side. What I find helps is to start with blocking in your shading first, as it is a lot easier to add details to shaded areas than shading to detailed areas. That was a hard learned lesson I struggled with a lot when I first started to experiment with painting and kept me from finishing anything for quite a while.
I now like to work in broad loose passes that progressively increase in complexity and refinement. It’s good to start out with a strong focus on discovering silhouettes, and getting a solid mid-toned shaded base down with good color choices before moving on to adding in finer details and accentuating the established shadow and highlight areas.
Hello Uradamus! Thank you for your comment, you’re absolutely right. My working process used to look something like sketch > local color > shading > details, but in some cases I can define the form with the direction of the fur, stripes or something. I am experimenting with these things, and you are right, it is easier to paint in the shaded areas. I’ve just uploaded a video that shows my process in this painting: https://youtu.be/u9BXqpXaPOQ