This is to show how I have used the ref photo as a basis for This
Sometimes, it is necessary to make some changes to the composition, and not copy the photo exactly, to make a more pleasing image for the stamp and one which fits better into the stamp format.
In this case. I decided to zoom in on the animals to concentrate the attention on their heads. This meant losing the body of the animal on the right, and some of the distant background, but it made for a more intimate and interesting composition. I also moved the two animals slightly closer together.
You will also notice that I have omitted a lot of the grass in the foreground, especially in front of the animal on the right, around it’s head. The poor photographer didn’t have this luxury! Again, this concentrates the attention on the animal’s very expressive faces. and the interaction between them, And finally, I have beefed up the color and the definition, as the ref photo is slightly over-exposed and the detail isn’t as sharp as I would have liked, so a little ‘autistic (sic) license’ came into play. Having already painted a number of these critters, I had those paintings to refer back to so I could add details (like whiskers) which aren’t visible in the ref pic.
I hope you find this info both interesting and useful.