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.
Used a large format (56×38 cm) heavy grain 300gsm Water Colour paper. This was my first big format watercolour painting.
The first lines.
Started with the lynx head and eyes.
Painting the fur of the lynx hair by hair.
Shadows of the body.
Next step the branch.
I was uncertain about the background colors, first I used a light Yellow Ocher and Raw Umber mixture.
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.
I made some little improvements to the eye and the fur of the animal. Here is the final painting!
Detail of the lynx head.
Here is the final framed work.