The Coolest Coat
Drawing a Jaguar In Colored Pencil and Ink
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I believe when you find something you like to do, do it over and over again. So this is the third time I've drawn a jaguar recently, and drawing this beautiful animal is something I throughly enjoy doing every time I do it. The first two drawings I did of this cat were in black ink, so taking it on this time in color was a very different challenge. Working in color is very different from the graphic quality of black and white. It involves looking at the subject in a different way. Lighting, shape, texture are achieve differently from using only black ink.
I just love the coat on a Jaguar. The patterns and color on a jaguar are second to none, and drawing the intricate detail is exactly the kind of drawing I like to do.
Some of the supplies I work with including inks and colored pencils
I used both ink and colored pencil on this piece. I still like using black ink for all of my dark darks. The black colored pencils just don't achieve the blacks I like.
The original photograph by Luis Urena that I used as reference
With such an complex and detailed fur coat the jaguar is a marvel of beauty. The photo I used as reference was graciously provided by Luis Urena. He's a photographer and Wildlife conservationist from Panama. Thank you Luis for the use of your beautiful photograph!
Photo Copyright © 2013 Luis Urena
Summit Park wildlife rehabilitation center, Panama