I love this weeks theme at Illustration Friday, it is so wide open for interpretation! As soon as I read it, I knew what I had to submit, "Leopard Gaze".
For me, I have always been drawn to eyes... in people and in animals. They are interesting - different shapes, different colors, different expressions. When working on an illustration that involves an animal, I always pay careful attention to the eyes and strive to create a connection with the audience through their gaze. In my opinion wild animals, especially the big cats, have eyes that are extremely primitive... how can you prevent being drawn to such a spectacular gaze? I hope this illustration brings about a sense of awe regarding this very primitive, yet very beautiful creature.