So I got impatient and decided to work on the colour version right away:

Leopard Print 22-3-13There are still a few things to hammer out in terms of getting the blurs/colour shades right but all in all it’s not bad and a considerable improvement on the initial attempt I’d made earlier. I do wish I’d gotten it right in time for putting this into yesterday’s entry though. Once I can get this technique refined I think the next step’ll be feathers.