I started working on this a few months ago, so it was suitable for winter, but then I kind of lost patience for this. Eventually, I decided to finish it as a gift for all my new watchers. Feel free to use it anywhere you want to, no credit needed (of course, without submitting it as your own!)
(I know the tail is a bit too short for a snow leopard, I don't know how it happened :/ )
EDIT: if you want to create something like this yourself, try these tutorials:
It's finally done! After two weeks of trying to find some free time with a good light I finished the most thorough study of a lion anatomy I've ever done. Yes, it's not flawless, a lot of mistakes here (especially when it comes to proportions), but I like it and it should be a good reference for the future Funny thing is actually learned a lot when doing it and probably I won't even need this ^^ It's made of mix of Super Sculpey and Sculpey Firm, on a copper wire and aluminum foil. Baked twice and painted with acrylic paint - every muscle shaded individually! I also coated it with Sculpey Gloss Glaze, but it cracked slightly, even though it was 24 hours after painting :/ So it's now textured...
Click here for some WIP shots (sorry for the quality, they weren't meant to be published)
WARNING: if you want to use it as a reference, you do it at your own risk! I suggest using it as an additional reference, not the main and only one
Kudu antelope on sentry at Zoo Zlin. Judging by the expression, photographers are a shocking sight, maybe because we've stayed over closing hours as usual. This time I didn't get locked in, which is good since I had mom along and the idea of getting her to climb over the fence is amusing due to its impossibility.
It was a kind of experiment: the first part was painted with a single rough, big brush, in a 25% view, in an hour or so. The second part was finished with zooming in and a smaller brush. The lesson I took from it was: always start with a speedpaint and fight the temptation to zoom in until the main body is done.
I was trying to force myself to draw faster and think less while doing it. Hence seven designs at the same time. It was just for fun, but if you're interested in one of these designs, it can be yours for $5. For $10 I can draw a cleaner reference for you. Just in case someone's interested.