Some more art by fabulous Chinese painter Liu Jiyou.
His style evolved over the years from realistically rendered illustrations to bold brush strokes later on in his life. There isn't an animal he couldn't draw or paint extremely well, from insects to birds to big cats. Jiyou obviously spent a lot of time observing his objects at the zoo.
And in my book there is no time better spent for an artist than doing just that.
It takes years to be able to portray specific animal characteristics on such a high artistic level. But it sure is a lot of fun being on that journey, knowing that the more you observe the better you will get.
If you haven't already, take a look at my first Liu Jiyou post a while back:
I believe this first bold image is based on a Chinese folktale. Spectacular, beautiful economy of lines particularly on the rabbit.