Eurasian lynx resting on branch

One of my friends asked me to paint an Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) for him.  I started my work sketching the animal to get familiar with the lynx anatomy. Here are a couple of the sketches.

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Used a large format (56×38 cm) heavy grain 300gsm Water Colour paper. This was my first big format watercolour  painting.

The first lines.

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Started with the lynx head and eyes.

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Painting the fur of the lynx hair by hair.

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Shadows of the body.

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Next step the branch.

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I was uncertain about the background colors, first I used a light Yellow Ocher and  Raw Umber mixture.

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I was dissatisfied with background so I decided to use a dark Burnt Umber mixed with Black to to emphasize the Lynx. I spent a lot of time painting the details of the branch bark.

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I made some little improvements to the eye and the fur of the animal. Here is the final painting!

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Detail of the lynx head.

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Here is the final framed work.

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