I love big cats. One day I happened to find some snap photos online for some hybrid lion/tiger. Such as–>
I love the appearance of these hybrid big cat but I can’t find more clear photos in high resolution. I wanted to create one myself and actually painted it. I started with regular ginger color tiger. I put on male lion’s hair and changed stripes to snow leopard’s spots. I saved some spots as solid as cheetah. Also I added the black face line under its eyes just like cheetah. Well I forgot to save some spots to make them as jaguar but maybe I’ll save the idea for next time. It has tiger’s face obviously. Snow leopard’s tail and paws. Since the background is greenish color, I finally decided to make my hybrid big cat albino, white and pale color.
As always I did an digital concept drawing over a reference photo. I wanted to keep the forest like background with water since it would be interesting to see a “lion-leopard” in woods.
And then I started to paint it on canvas with oil. I like painting its fur. Because it is a mythical big cat so only I know where the spots go. Ha~ 😀
I still don’t know how to name it yet. I just call it the ultimate big cat for now. If I come up better idea than that I’ll change it later. I’m also thinking about a black version of the “ultimate big cat”. That would be black panther based and has some jaguar spots.
Overall, I enjoy painting imaginary creatures and scenes. Hope I could do more this year. 😀