Amur Leopard in Coloured pencils
'Watching Over you'
A passion for photography normally goes hand in hand with an Artist as not only does it avoid any Copyright issues working from your own photos, it also allows you to study a subject and take in the surroundings too which really does help when it comes to creating a piece of Artwork. Although the full image is a great composition, I decided to crop it and it ended up in a wide landscape sized portrait simply because it worked far better.
MEDIUM: Coloured Pencils AVAILABLE FOR SALE: Yes
How 'Watching over You' was created
This portrait was created using lightfast pencils and I used every tone of brown & grey I had to get the right balance of shades for impact. When creating any furry animal I always start with the eyes to ensure perspectives are kept in check and when creating the fur, every single strand of hair is applied individually until the paper is fully covered - only then will I begin the layering process to create the realism, with up to 15 layers being applied!
The back of the Leopard was mainly built up using the derwent Coloursoft range as I needed this area to be slightly out of focus so the main focal point was the face. Once all the tones have been placed I then go on to the 'tweaking' which basically means correcting/adding/removing any areas that still need work - it is very difficult to decide when the portrait is completed but the effect that I wanted to achieve was achieved and it is one of my favourite Big Cat portraits to date. I think this would look stunning in a black frame with a black mount, nothing to distract from the beauty of such an animal!