I've been very busy the past week or so getting ready for my exhibit. Everything is set up and I finally have time to get back to drawing! As I mentioned in my last post, this one is going to be a leopard guarding its recent kill in a tree while three lions circle below. This will be my first drawing with more than one species. In this situation, it is important not only to get each animal in the right proportion, but also to get each individual in the right proportion to others of the same and different species. Leopards are smaller than lions, so that must be evident in the drawing.
Once I figured out the composition, I realized it would need to be fairly large in order to accomodate the detail I like to use, so I am working on an 18"x24" sheet of smooth bristol paper (my favorite paper at the moment). After several hours already, I have the layout set and have started on the leopard. I'm going to work mostly top-to-bottom because of the size. The photo shows the full size of the drawing and a closeup of the part I'm working on. It still has more to be done, and I will probably start working on the background a little. This will probably take me a few weeks to complete, and I will post my progress along the way.