The fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is a medium-sized wild cat of South and Southeast Asia. In 2008, the IUCN classified the fishing cat as endangered since they are concentrated primarily in wetland habitats, which are increasingly being settled, degraded and converted. Over the last decade, the fishing cat population throughout much of its Asian range declined severely.
For this portrait I used the scratchboard technique, which allows a very detailed work of black and white pictures, on a special prepared wooden panel. Fine white lines appear when the surface of the black tainted clayboard is scratched with a sharp knife.