This has been one of my favorite pieces to not only do but I am pretty happy with the end result as well! A rare feat! This Jaguar took about 1 month to complete, including many days of not working on it because of going to work.
When you feel like you can keep working on a piece and time flies by, that’s when you know you are enjoying every moment of your work. And people notice. My fiance noticed how much I enjoyed working on it as well as the amazing people that watch me on Facebook.
Majority of the piece was completed with Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils and Sennelier Soft Pastels as well as Mungya Gallery Semi-Hard Pastels for the final details. A new mixed media approach was a lot of fun.
I am very familiar with pastels. It’s been quite a few years since I worked with them but once I picked them up I sort of forgot why I stopped working with them. On second thought, I do remember why….they are very messy. But, that aside it felt great to work with them again. The main area I used them was the foreground and background. I wanted to keep those areas soft and out of focus, pastels achieved that perfectly.
The very last details, like the whiskers, I used a Semi-Hard white Pastel as well as other color variations to make the overall piece more interesting.
I had a lot of fun with this piece. Now, I may need a small break before moving onto the next one.
Alert With Thirst
12 wide x 16 high
Polychromos Colored Pencils, Soft Pastels & Semi-Hard Pastels on Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper