…de feet (or in this case, de legs).
Wow, this looks amazingly awkward with just part of the background painted in, and probably no one can tell what animal this is going to be.
At least the setting is looking good, even if my unpainted unknown artiodactyl ain’t…
Ah! something recognizable. Now, this is obviously the way I drew the outlines on the canvas, but I am so not happy with this. Notice how our big boy is subtly ‘leaning’ on his right side? he’s supposed to be pausing in midstride up the slope, but it just ain’t working.
I am much happier with the placement of de feet / legs. This image is entirely out of my imagination, but based on various reference photos I took in different locations in the Rocky Mountains.
I was after something of the snottily regal nature bull elk have when they know they’re on top of their game antler-wise (and they do know – read Valerius Geist or other researchers on the subject), along with the gorgeousness of setting in which elk are often found.
In any case, the lesson here is…well, geez, sometimes you gotta wrestle with an image and listen to your own twinges of discomfort to keep hammering away at something (even if it means scraping out and reworking, and there’s plenty of that here. Heck, I’m in good company – Carl Rungius did it too).