Cindy Gosselin  

Jaguar by Cindy Gosselin

September 2020 - Jaguar

September 2020 - Cindy Gosselin

Original 1

September 2020 - Cindy Gosselin

Original 2

About the Image(s)

This Jaguar image was taken at a local zoo. The lighting was great and his pose was wonderful. I liked the original image, but wanted to try painting it. Painting “details” has proven problematic for me at times. I used a very small, detailed mixer brush and followed every contour and spot. By painting every spot on his body, I made it look too realistic; to me, the jaguar does not even appear painted.
In painted version one, I also painted the background rocks. I then swapped out the background rocks for a painted background. Which is your preference? Even though it now looks as if this jaguar was posing in a studio, I prefer the version with the painted, textured background.

8 comments posted

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
This is great. Painted every spot! How neat. It does not look "painted" but neither does it look like a hard photo. You have produced a wonderful patina across that beautiful fur.

I prefer the mottled background. It is "neutral" so my eye is not drawn away from this lovely animal. Looks like a portrait.
  Posted: 09/03/2020 13:07:14
Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
I said that I painted every spot, which I did! But usually I reference that I painted "every damn pixel." Which I also did; every pixel is painted. Thank you very much for your comments.   Posted: 09/03/2020 13:52:20
Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Now that I have looked at this several times I think the rock ledge may be smeared a bit too much. Keeping some of the original rocky texture would not detract from the cat nor compete with the background which only contacts the ledge at the edges.   Posted: 09/09/2020 15:15:36
Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
Thanks for noticing this. I absolutely agree. I now "overlayed" the original image, masked out everything but the ledge and then reduced the opacity (15%) to bring in more texture on the ledge. What do you think?   Posted: 09/11/2020 10:46:50
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Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Yes Cindy.
Enough detail in the ledge so it looks "natural" and yet does not detract from the cat.
This is a great shot. Every time I look at this I think it should be adorning a wall somewhere.   Posted: 09/14/2020 11:47:49

Gerhard Geldenhuys   Gerhard Geldenhuys
Not an easy task to tackle a leopard and it's spots and keep the same detail. You have done well and I also like your second submission. This is certainly an inspiration for me to look through my pics for a leopard suitable for artwork. Thank you for sharing.   Posted: 09/13/2020 01:14:06

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
It's interesting to see your painting in different stages/ background renditions, but the final painting looks so natural and un-painted. It sounds like it took a lot of effort to paint every single spot! Must have been a labor of love.   Posted: 09/18/2020 11:32:11

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Those eyes are killers! I agree with remarks above. I'm mixed about the rock ledge: Half of me likes what you did; the other half wants more texture from the rock so it doesn't look like wood. I don't think you could lose either way when it comes down to it. I'm amazed at what painting does to the photo - and what patience you had to paint every spot!   Posted: 09/18/2020 12:20:23


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