Then, I added the spots and suddenly, it looks great!
Again, this is not a real cheetah in the picture. It is a real snake so you can imagine a cheetah v python battle if you want.
And two closeups.
That said, many of the other carvers offered compliments, and advice. One gentleman, as soon as he saw it, said, "It's too yellow!" I was a little pissed off but the man who had lent me the paint accepted the criticism and remarked that that was all the paint we had to use. I saw I was a little too thin skinned on the subject and so learned another lesson.