This one might look fairly simple, but it was a definite challenge working out how best to depict a black animal in scratchboard. The “white” in this image is actually much cooler than my other scratchboards because I used a diluted blue-black ink between layers of scratching to try imparting the shame sheen that you see on these animals. I’m planning to do a larger work of a black leopard; this served as practice working on a black animal with a black medium. I’m quite happy with the subject’s eyes and feel I’m finally developing a technique for those textures that clearly works. I’m pleased with out it turned out and I’m looking forward to starting another of the same subject.