Framed Size: 35" h x 28" w (89cm x 71cm)
Study of an Endangered Asiatic Lion
For Sale: £700
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About the Asiatic Lion
The Endangered Asiatic Lion is currently estimated at over 500 individuals which live within 5 protected area's of India's Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary in Western Gujurat. The population recently recovered from the brink of extinction due to conservation efforts ensuring these sanctuaries are protected where no human activity is allowed, to ensure these Lion's can live and reproduce in a suitable and safe environment.
How 'Asian King' was created
This portrait was created on the Clairfontaine Pastelmat paper using high quality Soft & Hard Pastels and Pastel pencils to help create fine details and aid realism. The original photograph was taken by myself in 2013 and was initially edited in a basic editing program to create the reference photo that I worked from for this piece. The outline was created with a white pastel to mark out major points of the Artwork and to ensure I could keep the correct perspectives throughout. A black pastel was applied and blended into the background for extra impact.
I began working on the Lion's ear and mane first, ensuring I laid down all the base tones before moving on to the Pastel pencils - these Pencils allow me to create extremely fine lines. To sharpen my Pastel pencils, I use a blade as it allows me to shape the point to the necessary length and sharpness, allowing me to produce extremely fine lines and marks where needed. The Faber Castell Polychromos pastels that I use for long hair such as the Lion's mane, are hard Pastels and are perfect for this type of effect.
The next section was working up the fine fur around the Lion's face and nose area. Again I begin by building up the base layers before moving on to the finer details above this layer. I used a little Fixative on the portrait to ensure the white highlights stayed clean and bright - very important for a tonal portrait like this to ensure real impact and also for extra protection to the Artwork. The Black frame and mount was chosen to compliment the background to avoid distraction from the subject itself and a bronze slip was added to the frame to pull out the copper tones in the Lion's colouration which I feel works extremely well together.