I love painting cats! For some reason I seem to have a knack for their facial features, and really enjoy the process of creating them. I’ve done a lioness and a cheetah, so I decided at 1 AM to do a lion. . .
I was up until 4 AM and here is what I produced.
I have a book with reference images for cats. I use a drawing of a lion to form the basic shape of the cat. Painting against black, I draw initial shapes in dark blue and then fill them in with yellow. I layer several times, using an opaque yellow but also a transparent yellow in washes. For the mane I do the same, but also incorporate washes of transparent scarlet.
I shade and highlight to add depth to the lion. I tweak the shape of the nose, mouth, face, and eyes several times of the course of the process. Trying to get that lion feel, y’know?
When I am happy with my shading, proportions, and the eyes, I begin to psychedelify the lion. I use sharpies to do the designs on the forehead in red, and to outline the ball of light with the zig zaggy shape. I define the ears, and probably do a few other things I can’t remember… . . . . and. . . . .
Voila! I add whiskers, define my shading more, add some more shading to the mane, and decide not to do anything else. I often have to force myself to stop, and there is probably a lot more I could do to it, but I feel it is complete. This painting was an effortless process, not a struggle like my ‘Cosmos Guy’.
Thanks for reading and taking an interest in my process! Keep an eye out in the next few weeks for professional quality photos of my art, and in a month or so, a Society6 webpage with high quality prints of all my work for sale as well as other things like shirts, pillows, mugs, etcetera! The ball is definitely rolling!
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