Marcia Kuperberg: artist - Oils, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media. Miniaturist. Ceramicist

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Leopard is now spotted and whiskered and finished!

I've finally completed my leopard and the forest background. The best fun was putting on his fur and whiskers which were done with the fine nib of an artist's pen using gouache so it would show up on the watercolour. 
Size: A3, 42 cm x 29.7 cm
Watercolour (pen & wash) painting by Marcia Kuperberg. The fur, done in fine line with a pen, was a painstaking task, but gives him his furry texture and skin.
Below are the stages of creation. As this painting is watercolour, and I do not use black, the spots are a mixture of colours: ultramarine, brown, dark green. I took care to keep tonal contrast that helps give him shape.  

Stage 2 of leopard watercolour painting. The spots had to be sized and placed to help show the leopard's form.stage 1 of watercolour painting: broad washes of watercolour, trying to get correct proportionsn and tones.

4 Comments to Leopard is now spotted and whiskered and finished!:

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Jo on 25 March 2014 08:43
What an intense stare Leo leopard has! But would be frightened to have him staring at me in my living room, especially at night. Background forest greenery blends very well with his carefully painted spots, too. A very interesting painting.
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Marcia Kuperberg on 25 March 2014 22:54
I'm scared of him, too! But in his earlier draft version, Louis said he looked like a pussy cat or a leopard cub, so I thinned down his face and tried to give him a fierce look. Seems I've succeeded! I always value your comments, Jo.
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Flowers Jaipur on 19 May 2014 05:37
Thanks for sharing the whole information with us.
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Marcia on 24 May 2014 10:01
My pleasure, Flowers Jaipur!

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