BLACK PANTHER PORTRAIT
This is a no fuss pen & ink, colored pencil portrait featuring the head and shoulders of a black panther, the melanistic color varient of the African or Asian leopard.
ABOUT THE SPECIES
The Black Panther is the melanistic color varient of an African or Asian leopard (Panthera pardus), which at first glance might appear uniformally black but on close examination shows the typical markings of a regular leopard. The markings of rosettes and large and small irregular spots are hidden by the excess black pigment melanin, this is refered to as "Ghost Striping".