Being a fan of the big cats I was easily inspired to work on these two Leopards over the last few days.
I spent the better part of Tuesday and Wednesday sketching out these Leopards using my prisma colored pencils. I used several layers of burnt sienna and a dark yellow (goldenrod) to get the color of the Leopards coat just right.
In this sketch I wasn’t able to make whiskers with the white or cream colored prisma colored pencils. Because of the amount of wax in the pencils it just glided right over the areas I wanted to draw in whiskers. Here he is winking in this 14 x 17 inch sketch.
After some research I found that some colored pencils are wax based while others are oil based. With further research I found that most artist’s prefer the polychromos pencils instead. After learning that I’ll have to purchase a pack of the polychromos pencils and give them a spin on my next sketch.
With this second Leopard I did a few things different. I colored all of his spots first in purple and than blended in a second layer of black and that gave me more of that rich black that I was looking for. Later when the sketch was finished I used a small liner brush and painted in the whiskers with white acrylic paint.
I pressed considerably harder with the burnt sienna and the darker yellow with this Leopard. I said that because my reference photo showed his coat to be darker than of the first Leopard I drew.
Here’s the Leopard framed.
Next up, I’m off to study the snow leopards and the clouded leopards. Here’s a peak at the Snow Leopard I started working on.