Well, I’m in the mood for big cats again today. I was given permission to draw this handsome lion, Izu, by the young and accomplished teen photographer Charles. His photography can be found here- http://www.flickr.com/photos/charlessf/
I spent the entirety of this morning drawing this. The foreshortening was quite challenging, but I think I pulled it off.
Izu’s mane was the most time consuming part of this drawing. I used a handful of cocktail sticks to score the paper and create his long and flowing hair, carefully following the direction of the fur’s growth.
I wanted to suggest warmth in the prints, so I’ve tinted the drawing with a subtle golden hue.
The original graphite drawing.