12×18 colored pencil on “Artagain” paper (it’s recycled paper and a joy to work on. I think the manufacturer is Canson.). Original available.

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The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is a North American mammal of the cat family Felidae, appearing during the Irvingtonian stage of around 1.8 million years ago (AEO). With twelve recognized subspecies, it ranges from southern Canada to northern Mexico, including most of the continental United States. The bobcat is an adaptable predator that inhabits wooded areas, as well as semi-desert, urban edge, forest edges, and swampland environments. It persists in much of its original range and populations are healthy.

With a gray to brown coat, whiskered face, and black-tufted ears, the bobcat resembles the other species of the mid-sized Lynx genus. It is smaller than the Canada lynx, with which it shares parts of its range, but is about twice as large as the domestic cat. It has distinctive black bars on its forelegs and a black-tipped, stubby tail, from which it derives its name.

Though the bobcat prefers rabbits and hares, it will hunt anything from insects and small rodents to deer. Prey selection depends on location and habitat, season, and abundance. Like most cats, the bobcat is territorial and largely solitary, although there is some overlap in home ranges. It uses several methods to mark its territorial boundaries, including claw marks and deposits of urine or feces. The bobcat breeds from winter into spring and has a gestation period of about two months.

Although bobcats have been hunted extensively by humans, both for sport and fur, their population has proven resilient. The elusive predator features in Native American mythology and the folklore of European settlers (info from Wikipedia).

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  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

    Adorable!!! I had a cat like him for 17 years.

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

    I just now read your description. He looks like a tabby!!! LOL Nope, never had a biobcat!!!

  • Lensman2008
    Lensman2008over 3 years ago

    and looking everything BUT elfin!!

    Nice work, Barb!!

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraover 3 years ago

    Everything you do, FANTASTIC! ;-)

  • frozenfa
    frozenfaover 3 years ago

    ooooooooooOOOOOO!!!! love the eyes!!!!!!! X)
    is it like.. light colored pencils, on dark colored paper? the color’s so strong.. you’re awesome, Barb!! =D

  • It’s colored pencils alright – but I’m rather heavy-handed with them. And it’s on this “Artagain” paper – it’s recycled paper with the best surface I’ve tried in years.

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, lovely work.

  • Shanna J. S. Dunlap
    Shanna J. S. D...over 3 years ago

    Absolutely stunning. Love it!

  • Nancy Stafford
    Nancy Staffordalmost 3 years ago

    I love your artwork Barb

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 3 years ago

    December 22,2011 Great work!

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