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 Reference Photograph

Portrait Details

Reference photograph of snow leopard

Size: 9" x 11"
Medium: Graphite pencil enhanced with color
Animal: Snow Leopard
Title: Peaceful Repose

It took some patience but I managed to capture on film this beautiful snow leopard resting in his den. It is the first in a series of snow leopard portraits

The reference photo here is rather bad. There is the chain link fence in the foreground that forms the blurry white lines. Then, I will be replacing the wooden den from the photo with natural rocks covered in snow for the drawing. That way, the leopard will look like he would be  in this natural habitat.



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 Snow leopard pencil sketch

The pencil outline sketch  is drawn on Arches hot press paper.

Snow leopard work in progress

I've added the base layer to the background and  subtle color to the eyes and nose.

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Update 4

Snow leopard work in progress

The fine details of the facial hair are being layered with different grades of pencil.

Snow leopard work in progress

This snow leopard portrait is slowly coming to life. The face is almost complete.


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Update 6

Snow leopard work in progress

I've started adding a subtle cream color to the fur.

Snow leopard work in progress

The foreground is added as  melting snow and rocks .



Finished Portrait-click to enlarge


Snow leopard cat finished portrait

The last bit of the cat's paw and leg, and the bit of snow in the foreground is now complete. I decided  that darkening the background a bit more would make the cat stand out more.



Many more wildlife watercolor, acrylic and pastel paintings, graphite pencil, colored pencil and charcoal drawings and sketches of animals and pets can be found in my art gallery. See portraits of dogs, puppy, cats, kitten, horses, pony, fancy rat, birds, elephant, butterfly, rhinoceros, jaguar, moose, raccoon, red fox, rabbit, hare, lion, zebra, owl, wolf and more. Commission an original custom wildlife painting or drawing,  dog portrait, cat portrait, horse portrait or other animal portrait today. These original, hand-made, custom pet portraits and wildlife paintings or animal drawings make wonderful memorial gifts for every dog, cat, horse or animal lover.



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