For the zebra, the key stripe on his face was the white under each of the eyes. For the cheetah it is the black "tear line" from the eye to the muzzle.
I make a new pattern piece with waxed paper for the nose and forehead.
Every section gets a new pattern to fit this sculpture.
It took more than an hour to get the chin and cheeks the right size and shape.
I will be going back and trimming the white fur overlapping the black tear line.
After getting the ears in place, there was only one more piece on each side to do!
The cheetah is missing something, and he doesn't look to happy about it.
I draw his spots on with a black Sharpie pen. I will be doing a few more here and there over the next few days. I will also be brushing out the spots with a toothbrush and making them a little bit darker so they look more like part of his fur.
He will also get whiskers made out of fishing line and glued into place with super glue.
His ears are adjustable, and I will play with them a bit to make him look somewhat happier.
Post 7 will include more about antlers, horns, and tusks.