Lion in soft pastels and pastel pencils, A3 Canson paper.

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  • Looks a handsome beast!

    The details you've got in there are incredible from the different hair stands of his mane to his eyes.

    Love it! :)

    Was the lion something you saw on tv LW, or was the experience somewhat closer than that...?

    • It is referenced from a photo by a relative of Mr Wing who snapped the King in a game park they visited recently. I took one look at him and thought he had to become a pastel drawing.

    • Had thought for a minute that you went on a safari or something and got up close to the beast, glad that was not the case! :)

      The detail is immense in your drawings, LW. I've probably asked this before, but how long on average does it take you to do one of those drawings?

    • Depends on the size and the materials. If it's ink and quite large it could take days. If it's pencil, many hours, if it's watercolour, depends on how much detail. If it's acrylic, days. If its oils, then weeks as you wait for layers to dry, but with today's new water based oils, same as acrylic.

      My lion has a number of layers and goes from rough sketched outlines to blocking colours and basic shapes and then the details of fur and teeth etc. I work with pastels from the inside outwards so there's less chance of smudging by putting one's hand down on the worked surface, so the lion had his eyes and nose and "inner face" done first after setting the under layer of basic tones.

      I like to do a bit and then let the drawing or painting rest on the easel for a while so I can look at it and decide where I want to put things or what I want to do next. One has to be careful of getting too close and rushing. It must manifest itself and gain character or atmosphere and if you feel tired or start hating it, then you should stop and watch it for a while until you know whether you want to dump it or go on with it.

    • I must try and stick my Uncle's stuff on here as I mentioned before as he's very talented too and uses a similar method to you.

      I reckon that's what gives your art such a real life affect because you use this layers technique.

    • Would love to see your uncle's work.