New Snow Leopard Painting – for sale before Christmas!

Here is the latest on my easel, I thought you might be interested in seeing it develop.

Please note the ones I am showing on here at the moment are due to be for sale soon, so will be available for Christmas 🙂

This one is 10 x 10in


how to paint a snow leopard

Learning to paint with oils – demo, painting eyes

I get asked a lot about painting eyes and making them look realistic, so here is a copy of an article I did for my oil painting tutorial site  – hope you find it of use.

For the purpose of this exercise I have used the eye of a lion, with their rich colour it is easier to see the effects light has upon them but the principles outlined here apply to almost all eyes. You must remember that the shape of the eye will dictate how the light reacts, therefore a fishes eye (usually flat) will react very differently from say a human eye.

OK lets take a look at the Lions eye in some detail. Here I have labelled the most important parts.
A- General colour of the iris.
B- Strongest highlight – sun.
C- Where the sun shines through the eye
D- Shadow area

The brightness of the day obviously dictates how prominent the above effects are. In the example above it’s a bright sunny day. For me the most important part of the eye, which many people forget is not just the way the sun hits the eye causing the brightest highlight (B) but how it then travels through the glassy part of the eye, brightening and enriching the opposite portion of the iris (C).

This photo (below) still shows the above effects but they are more subdued due to the sun being not as bright or possibly the Lion if facing away from the sun.

To paint the eye in oils I would usually paint all of it with the eyes base colour i.e. no highlight and no shadow effects. Then with that layer still wet I would darken the shadow area and gently add a suggestion of the reflected highlight at the bottom of the eye- I would usually not even bother with the bright highlight (B) yet.

When that layer has dried I would go back in glazing and enriching the colour where necessary and increasing the shadow intensity. Then when that layer is dry, I would gently put in the subtle blue highlight at the top of the eye (reflection of the sky) then lastly dab on the brightest highlight (if there is one).

There are many ways of painting the eye, I could have for instance painted it entirely with glazes, but no matter what techniques you use if you carefully observe the way the light plays in the eye you will end up with a realistic eye, which usually becomes the centre of interest in the painting.

I really hope you have enjoyed this short demo
To learn much more please check out my tutorial CD / E-book

Tiger Painting – Beginning to Refine the Painting

With the underpainting now fully completed I can now begin to refine the tiger a little – bear in mind that this is still very much an underpainting and the real details haven’t been painted yet in any area.

As you all know my technique is really an improvement on each layer, as I gradually sneak up on the completion., It’s really an improvement on each previous layers mistakes 🙂

The Great Migration Painting – Finished!

Well as the title states, The Great Migration painting has been completed. I feel exhausted after my long journey with this painting 🙂 I really hope you all think it was worth it in the end.

Hope to have prints available soon, so please contact me if you would like to reserve a print.


Oil painting detail
Oil painting detail

The Great Migration – wildlife art on the easel

As you can see I am still blocking in the underpainting of “the great migration”, but the design / composition is now starting to show itself. Luckily most of the paints that I am using for the zebra and wildebeest is very opaque, so it covers the canvas well – which is great as it means less layers will be required :-0)

I hope to have another post very soon as the area to the right is now almost finished – just need to take some new photos.

Hope your enjoying seeing my latest wildlife art painting come to life. View more steps on my gallery site – Wildlife Art