Sunday, November 3, 2013

And the Answer is...a Cheetah!

Congratulations to Meagan for guessing the right Animal.

And thanks to everyone else who participated

Cheetah. 11x17" Ballpoint Pen and Ink wash

Porsche on Paws

Drawing a Cheetah

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It is truly a porsche on paws. Cheetahs are the world's fastest land mammal and can go from 0-60 miles per hours in only 3 seconds. In 1900 there were over 100,000. Now  perhaps only 7,000-10,000 of these cats remain, making them extremely endangered.  Here's a Cheetah fact that I never knew. Other than Africa there is only one other place they live. In Iran there is a small isolated population of 200.

This incredibly cat had to be added to my list animals to draw for two reasons. First because it is an absolute marvel of evolutionary perfection. It's slender long-legged body is built for one thing...speed. In a typical chase a cheetah's respiratory rate increases from 60 to 150 breaths per minute. It can reach speeds of 40mph in 3 strides, and they have been know to reach speeds of up to 70mph. As Cheetah's run only one foot touches the ground at a time, and at full speed it's strides grow to 20-25 feet. That's unbelievable!! 

The second reason I had to draw a Cheetah is because it is so vulnerable. They are extremely endangered and need help. If you are interest in Cheetah Conservation, there's a wonderful organization called Cheetah Conservation Fund. The website is at They are well know for helping these amazing cats out. 

I choose to show my cheetah not in motion, but in the very patient pose they take as they look and wait. They look so noble and beautiful. Their beauty is something we should all realize is vanishing right before us. Once again, thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and look at my latest art.

Here are some photos taken during my drawing process

Just starting to ink in my sketch

Adding in spots
Slowly building up the fur
Inking in the background
My work space
A before and after montage of my Cheetah
The final drawing
Close up of the face
The eye

Prints, posters and signed fine art reproductions are available 
for purchase in my Etys shop at: 

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