I have a lot of colours in my pencil collection that get used regularly and some that don't, occasionally the neglected pencils hop into my hand and decide to make their presence felt, this drawing of a snow leopard worked like that, the colours becoming more vibrant as I took my lead from them.


Yarko, a male snow leopard is the mate of Laila and father to cubs Koshi & Khumbu.


Yarko lives at The Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent.

This artwork was created using pastels on Pastelmat.

Measurements 40cm x 50cm,

References used were my own.