I love the intensity of this lions eyes. I started off with a Burnt Umber/ Raw Sienna background which worked rather as the base colour for the lions fur.
I am planning on painting some more lions. I took some photos of white lions including some very adorable cubs when visiting Tasmania last year. They are on my growing list of paintings to do - my list is up to around the 30 mark now and I keep adding to it but I will eventually get around to painting them.
Lion measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm Smooth Arches Watercolour paper.
Many thanks to Gary Jones for the reference photo.