Done as an art project for Illustration many years ago. My tribute in art to one of the most unbelievably talented men in the history of music.
There was no one like him, and there never will be again.
It's done on scraperboard, for those who haven't had the opportunity to use it, it's thick board with a thin coating of colour on the top, you use a very sharp tool to scratch through the colour into the white beneath. If you want to give it a go, I suggest framing board, the stuff they use to do those boarders when they frame stuff.
Here is a mountain lion from the EFBC in Rosamond, CA named Serrano. I chose this picture not just for the cropped view point but the sharp distinction of light and shadow. Cougars have always been a favorite of mine, their strong facial bone structure, liquid eyes, and remarkable coat - even without any markings just make them so beautiful. I finally have some decent references and it'll be fun to do a few more.
Here is the second installation of my cheetah series. This is the first Pombe means "beer" in swahili and it's the name of the cheetah I took pics of at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. The color is a little richer with this one I think but the photo not as good. I sold this one before it finished so I was a little under the gun to get it done. Too much pressure man! I have a third in the series coming and it has two cheetahs snuggling, I'm really looking forward to that one.
As always your thoughts and suggestions are very welcome.