I’m so excited to share my latest project with you all. I’ve been working on a series of pastel giclee prints of a leopard cub called Waiting For Mom. The prints come in various sizes, including 5×7, 8×10, 11x 14 and larger. The beautiful cub rests on a log, waiting patiently for Mom to return.
The pastels used for this painting combine soft pastels and pastel pencils on PastelMat.
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Creating The Painting
I started with a sketch of the leopard cub on PastelMat. Once I was happy with the sketch, I began adding in the midtones with the soft pastels.
I used a limited color palette for this painting to create a calming and serene feeling. The majority of the colors are dark blues, brown tones, and greys, with a few pops of yellow and orange. Once I was happy with the initial layer of pastels, I went in with the pastel pencils to add more details. I continued to add layers to build up the colors and create more depth.
The final step was to add the details with the pastel pencils. This included adding highlights to the eyes, nose, and fur. I also added in some shadowing to create more dimension.
Why I Love Painting Leopard Cubs
I’ve always been fascinated by leopards—they’re graceful, powerful creatures. And there’s something so special about motherhood, the bond between a mother and her cub. I wanted to capture that sense of love and patience in this series of prints.
What Are Giclee Prints
Giclee prints are high-quality archival prints. They’re created by printing inkjet onto museum-grade paper or canvas. The inks are fade-resistant, so you can enjoy your print for many years.
The prints accurately resemble the original painting, making them perfect for collecting or gifting.
If you’re interested in purchasing a print, please visit my website, Fine Art by Dave Nevue