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    Hi Guys
    Having a go at another of the big cats. Attempting a cheetah this time. Using kahikatea and find it nice to carve after using Kauri for the last one. Have just started the rough out. This one will be harder to get right than the leopard because of the body shape and pose and I am working only from pictures on this one and don't have a model so it will be interesting to see if I can create a fair resemblance to the real creatures. Just love these animals. So beautiful.

    Did some test burns with ther razortip unit to see how it would look and I think the colour will look pretty close to the real thing when done.
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  • #2
    Will be watching with interest as the cat man goes to work
    . . .JoeB

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    • #3
      Looking good Glenn
      Anders.
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      • #4
        Should be a good project. Is there a running impala in your future?
        Nebraska
        AKA Ed
        Last edited by Nebraska; 12-27-2021, 08:11 AM.

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        • #5
          Lol. Glenn, when I first looked at the small pictures I wondered why you put pictures of a crucifix you're carving in a cheetah post! Bigger pics cleared that up! Looking good so far.
          Arthur

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          • #6
            Looks like your off to a good start Glenn. Look forward to seeing your progress.
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            • #7
              If you're free handing the pattern then I'd say you have an artistic streak. I've always struggled when it comes to drawing my own patterns directly on the wood.

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              • #8
                Looking forward to this ambitious effort, Glenn.
                Bill
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                • #9
                  Hi Guys
                  Thanks for the nice comments.

                  Ed
                  Funny you should say that as it was quietly wafting into my conciousnes that a springbok taking evasive action would look good with this one if I can get it right. Was thinking of the cheetah racing past a tree stump chasing the springbok would look pretty good. I could pin the cheetah to the tree so that the pin couldn't be seen so that I can get the whole cat off the ground to create a nice 3d effect. Sheesh now you've done it I can see this coming on hehehehehe.

                  Hi Arthur
                  hehehe that was just to get a better angle to take the shot on hehehehe.

                  Hi Eddy
                  I would have to be the worlds "WORST" artist. What I did was to look at the photos and pick one that would give me a good side on profile. I then printed the picture and laid it over the wood with some graphite paper underneath then I traced all the major components of the photo onto the wood. With the proportions mostly right for the side on profile I cut it out on the band saw. then started trimming to the body shape referring to photos the whole time.

                  The profile looking from the top is not as complicated so it can be fudged to "LOOK " right I think. What I do with theshaping of the body dictates what happens with the rest of it so in a sense the other proportions are self determining if you understand what I mean the flow of the shape determines the rest of it. In a few days we will see if my theory is right or not.

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                  • #10
                    If the cheetah is going around a stump that you will pin it to, I suspect the pin will be in the cat's left side. The head, therefor, needs to be looking left (currently drawn as looking right). You probably already know this, and the head looking right is just what the original photo had that was copied onto the wood, but thought I'd mention it. This is going to be a very interesting project.

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                    • #11
                      Hi Claude
                      Not 100% sure how that will pan out yet, Was thinking of a scene with the cheetah zipping past the tree chasing a springbok that has just made a hard break to the right. So If I go with that then the head will need to be turning right as when the cheetah hits the ground It will want to break right to track the springbok.

                      Could have the cheetah leaping over a fallen tree trunk and have it pinned through the stomach then head direction wont be an issue anyway. Still pondering on that.

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                      • #12
                        Hi Guys
                        Done a bit more of the rough out. Face is not going so well but we shall see. I will give it some thought overnight and see what enlightenment, if any, the morrow brings.

                        Suggestions for improvement are most welcome.
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                        Glenn Jennings
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                        Last edited by Glenn Jennings; 12-29-2021, 11:14 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Hi Guys
                          Well I have got most of the roughout done and have managed to get the head looking reasonable I think. Am looking to get the muscle structure and tendon detai as close as possible to being anatomically correct as I can on this one.

                          Have got most of the head detail in place and I think the pyrography will bring this to life all going well.
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                          • #14
                            It's looking good Glenn. Looking forward to the final result.
                            Anders.
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                            • #15
                              The first phase, pretty much a full success-----Ready for the second phase, we're watching
                              . . .JoeB

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