Photography is my passion too! I captured this male young lion from quite a far distance at Luangwa National park on a safari. I used a high performance Nikon macro lense which took close up pictures of the main subject. This is how my interest in the subject came into existence.
I worked with my printed photograph using some of the visual details and colors captured in the lion. I worked with Acrylic on a canvas textured paper and started outlining the lion onto the page covering the main element I wanted. It fitted perfectly onto the textured paper. On my palette I applied red, yellow, white and black paint for the lions eyes. I outlined the pupils and the shape of the eye first before painting with my brush onto the paper. I begin with orange and brown highlighting the details. I applied the yellow first with bits of orange tones to balance the colors. I work further up with the forehead of the lion. I applied the brown and umber tones lightly making the fur soft without any line detail. I applied tiny yellow details on the lions fur on the forehead coming from the sunlight. It was developing really well and finished painting the ears and the bottom of the face.
Next stage I focused on the lions mane portraying all the hair colors like orange, brown and shades of black. Once I finished the hair it started to look beautiful making the fur together. Next I concentrated on the body applying more of the burnt umber paint with titanium white. I softened the brown colors slowly with a Pro Arte smooth brush making the brown slightly darker in tone.
In my last stages of the painting I worked with the ferns in the grass. The color I applied in the background was different to the actual photograph. I imagined that the lion was in a dark green bush almost army color. It worked very well with the main subject because both colors were dark and similar.
The overall artwork looked fabulous! I was intrigued by all the visual color details put into the work and it was very descriptive. The lion had a dark image capture incorporated into it.