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Snow White (Leopard) by kelch12 Snow White (Leopard) by kelch12
This is my first attempt drawing a big cat with colored pencil. Colored pencils are not very forgiving so drawing fur/hair is more challenging and less flexible than graphite. I some how managed to draw around the whiskers with a little help of an electric eraser. Again, the electric eraser only remove a limited amount of color.

As for the composition, the eyes should be the focal point, so I cut out all the distraction and left with this close-up. "Bam! In your face!" that kind of feel. :P

The fur texture was created by colored pencil strokes alone. The OMS solvent was applied lightly to intensify the color satuation. Heavy application with solvent is likely to killl the texture.

Let me know what you think. Fave/Comment/Like. Thanks!

Pencil: Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Paper: 9x12 Strathmore 300 Bristol Vellum (cropped to 6x6)
Other: kneaded eraser, odorless mineral spirit (OMS), water brush, eletric eraser
Duration: 11/26/2012 ~ 12/01/2012

Reference: [link]
Drawing: :iconkelch12: [link]

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12/09/2012: Prints and full resolution 300dpi image file is available for 120 points only. Thanks for your support~! :heart:
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This is very well done, you captured the texture perfectly. The eyes are done with detail in mind. The use of blue was good but sometimes less is more. Some areas had an excessive amount of blue. The nose stands out to me the most with and overuse of blue. Otherwise this is very well executed! I loved the colors of the eyes as well, and the spots are done very well. The texture of the fur is breathtaking and very realistic. When I seen this picture I just had to favorite, I also felt it would be helpful to give you a viewers opinion of the piece.
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steeleharden1 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
love it!
manyakkk Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Aryawolffire Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful!!!:)
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Aryawolffire Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome
Rosalinda1000 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have this is eyes!
kelch12 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
TheLostTargaryen Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely adore his eyes...they're just so deep and thoughtful and the reflections in them are just perfect. The amount of detail in the fur is amazing as've done very well with coloured pencils, especially since they are not a very easy medium to work with :nod: Love it!
kelch12 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your feedback and support! :)
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