My coloured pencil portrait Sleeping Snow Leopard has sold. It now lives with a couple who collect my art, for which I am very grateful – both for their support and as I know this artwork will be much enjoyed.
It is the way that the sun lights up this Snow Leopard that first caught my attention. That intense glow and the warmth I can imagine the rays bringing with it. Perhaps the Snow Leopard chose this spot to rest as it knew that it was the perfect position to catch the morning sun. I like to think so.
Drawn in coloured pencil on black paper, this is as much a study of textures as it is a study of a magnificent creature. The way the light catches the roughness of the tree bark frames the portrait and draws us in as if inviting us to come closer. The glow of the golden light bouncing off the thick coat of the snow leopard makes me think of how cold it’s home in the mountains is, and how welcome in turn this basking in the sunlight must be.
My pencil drawing Amur Leopard has been highly commended in the SAA Artist of the Year competition!
The artwork will first be exhibited at the SAA HQ in Nottingham, and then at Birmingham NEC at the International Craft and Hobby Fair in November. Amur Leopard will be seen by thousands of people, a wonderful opportunity for me to highlight the possibilities of the humble pencil and paper.
My pencil drawing, Amur Leopard, has been selected as a finalist in the The SAA Artist of the Year 2018 competition! It is entered in the category of Animal or Wildlife so I have no doubt that the competition will be steep. The original artwork will very soon be heading to The SAA headquarters to join the other finalists for the next round of judging.
This was a very challenging picture to draw as anyone who has subjected themselves to drawing that much fur and white whiskers will appreciate, so I hope it withstands close scrunity by the panel. Fingers crossed!
Greetings cards featuring Amur Leopard and also limited edition prints of this and other artworks are available to purchase.