10×14 watercolor enhanced colored pencil on bristol. Original commissioned.
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Big Cats; Painters Universe; Live & Let Live; Water Media; Realist Traditional Art; LOVE THESE CREATURES;
This was the first of three to be done for a client. I had some interesting ideas for this because if you look REALLY close you will see the faint outline of two other cats in the background.
Pallas’ Cat (Otocolobus manul or Felis manul), also known as the Manul, is a small wild cat of Central Asia. It is named after the naturalist Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the species in 1776.
Pallas’s Cat is the oldest living species of a clade of felids that includes the modern genus Felis. This feline, along with the extinct Martelli’s Cat, was probably one of the first two modern cats to evolve from Pseudaelurus approximately 12 million years ago.
Description Pallas’s Cat is about the size of a domestic cat, at 46 to 65 centimetres (18 to 26 in) long, not including its 21 to 31 centimetres (8.3 to 12 in) tail, and a weight of 2.5 to 4.5 kilograms (5.5 to 9.9 lb). The combination of its stocky posture and long, dense fur makes it appear stout and plushy.
It has several physical features which distinguish it from other felines. For example, the eyes have round pupils rather than the slit-like pupils of other small cats, the legs are proportionately shorter than those of other cats, the ears are set very low and wide apart, and it has unusually short claws. The face is shortened compared with other cats, giving it a flattened face. The shorter jaw has fewer teeth than is usual among felids, with the first pair of upper premolars being absent.
Because of its relatively flat face, it was once thought that Pallas’s Cat was the ancestor of the Persian cat breed, although this is now known to be false.
Its fur is ochre in colour with dark vertical bars on the torso and forelegs, which are sometimes not visible due to the thick fur. The winter coat is greyer and less patterned than the summer coat. There are clear black rings on the tail and dark spots on the forehead. The cheeks are white with narrow black stripes running from the corners of the eyes. The chin and throat are also white, merging into the greyish silky fur of the underparts. Concentric white and black rims around the eyes accentuate their rounded shape.