Friday, September 25, 2015

Day 25: Leopard in Pen and Watercolor

7" square

Today I went all out for the Weekend Drawing Event on, hosted by jlloren. Joel provided great photos including two cats, this leopard, a goshawk, two whale shark views, a pair of giraffes, Ethiopian stone castle with banyan growing through a wall or built around it... just all wonderful stuff. Started with the toughest.

Leopards are a pain with all those spots. I penciled his shape first, then painted him and background, then inked, then added some final color notes glazed over the previous including the shadow under him. He's male, look close and you can see that. A gorgeous cat prowling through the brush. 

I detailed whiskers wth a Pigma Micron and then decided to do all the inking with it. I'd meant to use the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen again but liked the familiar feel of the Pigma Micron. It was fun. More cats to come!


  1. Fantastic work, Robert! You can really feel the muscle mass under all that fur; his spots move beautifully over each landmark - shoulders, ribs, haunches - giving an efficient sense of dimension.

    1. Thank you! That's some of why it took so long doing the spots, was checking the reference for their shapes and patterns. They change so much over different parts of a leopard and per each leopard! This guy has no necklace!