Here is my new and first 'Sri Lankan leopard' pencil drawing. I think I was overdue a good profile picture, and wanted a little break from painting. This time I'm trying out using the same paper I use for my paintings. It is slightly textured which is new for me to draw on as the little bumps can sometimes throw your pencil line off slightly, however I am really enjoying the visual effect it has on the image, especially on the background. A combination of pencil pressure and direction evens the surface colour out.
I started off by carefully and delicately drawing around the fur outline on the chin and neck area. I don't use any indentation techniques / masking fluid / white pencil. I like to keep the drawing pure, planning and careful mark making allows the hair lines and the leopards markings to stay sharp and soft in the appropriate areas - it is time consuming and you can sometimes feel like you're not getting anything down on paper, but it's this preplanning of application that allows for the light and shade of the drawing.
The chin was drawn in the negative of the backdrop, I then picked out singular hairs that were highlighted and pushed others back lightly into the background colour. I'm afraid there is no 'quick fix' when I draw my whiskers it's all about patience and perserverance. I wanted to keep in the wet chin and slobbery foam he has around his mouth - which in fact was the hardest part so far! I will reveal the whole head in my next post :)