Slow progress on the big cat. I've laid down the foundation and some fur for the head. It seemed to go well, so maybe I had better not overwork it. I've read that most healthy big cats are seldom wider at the shoulders than the width of their whiskers. Based on that, I may have made the head too large. If so, I can fix it easily in Photoshop.
Also, I am setting up the background layers. I sampled most of the colours I wanted at the very beginning of the project: this creates the palette for the piece. Here, I've re-introduced the palette in new background layers to see if the cat colours look okay.