This is a color pencil drawing I did for a good friend of mine for Christmas. It is an ocolet cat, a wild cat of Central and South America. This is one of his favorite kinds of wild cat. This was drawn from a photograph I took of the male ocolet at the San Diego Zoo.
To bring him out from the dark paper I first used white gouache paint for the highlights and then after it dried I used color pencil over it. That is my trick to popping out the animals on dark backgrounds when using color pencil, otherwise it would take a lot of elbow grease to bring it out, which I really do not want to do!