Snow Leopard Oil Painting – Wildlife Art Tutorial

Just thought I would drop you all a post to show a tiny snow leopard painting I am working on at the moment.

Its 10 x 8in oil on canvas as per usual.

(The original painting is for sale contact me for details –

This 1st stage below show just how dark an underpainting needs to be, especially if you are working in layers. Too light at this stage and your next layers of paint wont show up.


Painting fur texture (below) is really not that hard, as I show in my wildfeart eBooks, but you do need to have a plan and be methodical – it really doesn’t take that long either, with my techniques the whole face texture took about 2 hours.



The photo below shows the painting 80-90 % finished. All I really have to do is add the very lightest highlights and do a few specific glazes of colour just to bring it to life. I hope you like this little study of a Snow Leopard so far.




About Jason Morgan - wildlife artist
I am UK based professional wildlife artist specializing in big cat and large scale African wildlife paintings. Through my site "" I sell my limited edition prints and original paintings worldwide - I have had an online gallery now for over 12 years, I also have a Learn to paint wildlife teaching site -

5 Responses to Snow Leopard Oil Painting – Wildlife Art Tutorial

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great work Jason and stunning detail 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    May i ask what canvas you use ?

  3. Galina says:

    Jason, thank you very much for the steps! Especially the first one, showing how dark the initial tones are. The result is amazing! It is 3D! 🙂

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