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 - Oils, pastel pencils and more
I am UK based professional wildlife artist with over 15 years experience in online teaching. I have one of the most popular wildlife art communities - with hundreds of members getting NEW full length painting and drawing videos each month. I also have a popular wildlife teaching site - packed with DVD discs and downloads - You can find me on Facebook here - I specialise in pastel pencils and oil paints, but also work in charcoal, graphite and coloured pencils too.

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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