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Coatl (2016) by Leorgathar Coatl (2016) by Leorgathar
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Behold! my first drawing of the year :D

My design of Coatl has been through some drastic changes already, and ever since 2014 I've been intending for his look to be more akin to a real jaguar. I was satisfied for some time, and yet I felt something didn't look just right, but I couldn't put my finger on it until recently. And now I finally have a new design I feel happy with, this is how I'll be drawing Coatl from now on.

The biggest change is basically the colour pattern in his muzzle and cheeks, which is how jaguars really look like. Then there's also the dark spot at the corners of his mouth... I had tried before to add it when I first changed Coatl's design (see this), but I just couldn't get it to look right until now. And finally, I got rid of the dark eyebrows (sorry Coatl, I know those eyebrows looked hot on you, but jaguars don't have them >< Don't eat me :'D), instead I integrated the eyebrows into the upper area around the eyelids, I think I like it that way better now :)

Edit: come to think of it, maybe I should have drawn the ears and eyes a bit smaller, but ah well... Let's just say this is adolescent Coatl =P

Edit 2: Okay, so I decided to correct the eyes and make them smaller this time (I realized they were really quite big before ><) I feel more comfortable with them now :)
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:iconkiwano0:
Kiwano0 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work :) I totally like the spots on his fur ^^
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Leorgathar Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
Thank you! ^^ it took me long to figure out how to make a decent jaguar spots brush xD
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TheProtobabe Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
aww what a cutie pie! He's doing the 8D face :P
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Leorgathar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
Hahaha thanks Zor, and yes, he is! xD
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PhoenixMystery Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking good!I did like the older designs of Coatl,especially the last one.But I assume that you are trying to steadily escape TLK style and make something of your own.He sure has big bright eyes.Removing the eyebrows can be quite challenging for facial expressions I think.I'm looking forward to see your future works with him!

And just a small suggestion,since you strive to make the style more realistic...perhaps you could make his head a little rounder?Since jaguars seem to have very round features :XD:
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Leorgathar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
Thanks a lot Phoenix! :D yeah, it's pretty hard to find that balance between realistic and cartoon style while trying to stray away from TLK style xD I intend to make his design as close to the real thing as possible, but still able to make youthful facial expressions. The dark area in the corners of the mouth made this especially hard, which is why I had gotten rid of it, but now with the change in the pattern that makes it easier to fit it in there. 
I'll miss the eyebrows :XD: but I think I can still make it work well like this, I'll try and experiment with expressions. 
And thanks for the suggestion, I'll try to work more in the roundness too :)
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