I go back to the digital concept design that I drew on my Wacom tablet , using the old skull fragment with its missing giant incisors and the old wood block pieces that had held the left hind foot (missing) pieces. This original and damaged exhibit piece needed a bigger over haul: a new skull with incisors in place, empty wood block pieces removed and the tail repositioned to a more realistic and “perky” position, and more realistic color with coat color to match the facing mural that I had painted several years ago of the entire Saber Toothed Cat habitat. The original Cat bones panel was designed to be a giant puzzle where the courious children could find the bone pieces in the dig site bark and then place them onto the bones exhibit. However, over the years many bones and fangs disappeared and some permanent bones on the wood blocks were gone.
The question was how to attractively fix the cement slab with some bones reattached and how to paint I such a way the big kitty could come to life. I researched through all natural history museums and came up with this unique and more colorful solution of mixing together the incomplete bones along side the life-like painted illustration . Painting on top of textured cement is not easy, eating up my good brushes and challenging precise detail!