Progressing toward the finish, I refined the skunk, the armadillo, mandrill, tortoise, hare, manatee, dolphin, dodo, puffin and ostrich.
I paid more careful attention to the skunk anatomy and detailed out the armadillo and its armor (not as difficult as you might think).
I corrected the details of the mandrill’s facial anatomy, intensified the colors and added the highlights to the mandrill’s facial ribbing and nose to make his skin look more glossy. Obviously, I also worked on and finished his fur as well.
The tortoise received his proper skin and shell textures. The rabbit became a hare and I painted light showing through his ears.
Finishing the manatee didn’t take much work; mostly smoothing stuff out and making sure that the simple details on his face were clear and accurate. Then, I finished the pocked texture of his muzzle.
The dolphin detailing went pretty fast as well, mostly smoothing his skin out, checking and correcting the facial anatomy and adding the scratches.
The dodo just needed to be more carefully refined and highlighted.
The puffin finally got his full due with a smoothing out of his body and anatomical attention paid to the flight feathers of his wing.
The ostrich’s facial feathers and neck texture added a veracity to the painting.
As I’m doing all of this touch-up work, I am also adding more white to the pure white areas of the background, trying to make it as opaque and as flat as I can. At the same time, I am looking for ways to lose (soften) edges here and there. This picture’s main weakness is too many hard edges.
Just a few more lessons — we’re on the home stretch!