I decided I had better just try to emulate a preexisting image instead of tackling my 2nd acrylic painting with both the challenge of learning the medium AND being creative. So, I snagged a few screenshots from Final Fantasy XI (©Square Enix... these screenshots are all their property) of the avatar carbuncle. Whom we all beleive is some sort of Atomic-powered Squirrel.
Here is the (bmp, sorry) image that I threw together after cropping the screenshots. I printed it out and referenced it as I worked:
And here is the scan of the painting (I hated to do it on printer paper, but I was short on cash for canvasses.):
As you can see, it's pretty much a clone of the top left image. However I changed the perspective just a little bit for my own preferences, and instead of just copying that awful 2d ground texture, I made a base of similar color and did a quick little grass-over to bring some life to it.
The real "carbuncle" is sort of a neon... and according to Maya, that's a special pigment. So the color isn't an exact match, but I tried. I'm content with it, although my perfectionist side wants to rework some areas to get better detail.
I'm a newbie, so harsh comments will probably be helpful.