Pallas's cat, otocolobus manul, peeping in from the side of the page.

The Pallas’s cat is about the size of a domestic house cat, but lives on the steppes and rocky mountain areas of central Asia. Their territory overlaps with that of snow leopards.

The cat’s ears are set low on the sides of its head, the better to conceal it as it hides behind low rocks and clumps of grass. Unusual for a small cat, it has round pupils.

Colored pencil on Duralar film, finished digitally. This work appeared in the art show “Systema Naturae” at the Burke Museum.

Pallas’s Cat: Otocolobus manul. A.K.A. “manul.”