My latest adventure with PanPastel continues the furry theme but this time my subject is a courageous little Amur leopard cub (Panthera pardus orientalis). All of those spots seemed challenging at first but by starting with black paper and adding color around the spots it made the task much easier. The initial stage of blocking in the main shapes goes fairly quickly with the PanPastels. This part is really important, it lets you see if your composition and proportions are correct. Once you know you have a good foundation then you can add the furry details. For my Amur leopard cub I used charcoal pencils in white and black. I used a combination of stipples and hatch marks to create the texture.
This cub was a lot of fun to work on. The tilt of his head, intent gaze, and long whiskers really give this little guy a lot of personality. I hope you’ll try drawing a leopard of your own. If you do, share a link to your work in the comments below.
Until next time…keep those pencils sharp!