My squirrel painting earlier was falling apart and became worse by the brush stroke, so I went back to the original sketch and started all over. This time I worked with an underpainting to work up the values, followed by some colour glazing. It still looked terrible and I was about to call it a day, but then I started to paint over it with some oils and before I knew it I had a nice mixture of sharp chalk with smeary oil paint. So tomorrow I'll do a second pass and finish this out of control quick sketch, haha.
Meet India's beautiful technicolor squirrel
We are used to squirrels that are gray or a coppery red and relatively small & yes, we may come across a squirrel that has had a few too many acorns too... This isn't the case in our western ghats. Our country is home to a very colorful and large squirrel species, Ratufa indica, otherwise known as the *Indian giant squirrel* or the *Malabar giant squirrel*
Just take a look!
These squirrels, native to India, sport a colorful patchwork of fur, with colors ranging from beige and tan to shades of brown and rust. The squirrels' bodies can grow up to 14 inches (36 centimeters) or so, while their tails can stretch on for 2 feet That's more than 3 feet of squirrel! By comparison, your run-of-the-mill gray squirrel typically grows to about 22 inches, including the tail.
And body length isn't the only thing that sets these squirrels apart. They can weigh up to 5 pounds (2.2 kilograms). Gray squirrels only weigh in at 1.5 pounds, at most.
These squirrels prefer the tops of trees to the ground, foraging for nuts, fruits and flowers far from the ground for safety.
We can only find them in our India