Drawing a Lion

The making of ‘Fearless’ – Pastel lion artwork……..

male lion pastel drawing by Julie Rhodes

This is one of my larger pastel paintings and here is a little bit of the process that goes into it. The planning of a drawing like this begins long before putting pastel to paper.

I wanted to convey a sense of power with this drawing and as well as some close up detail. The composition is over to one side as I wanted to break away from a more traditional portrait style.

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Starting with his eye…..
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sketching out the colours in his face….
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more detail going in to his face……
Starting to come together…… (here are some of the pastel pencil colours I’m using)
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Many layers of colour and detail make him as realistic as possible…….
male lion art in progress drawing pastel painting, Julie Rhodes
on the easel…..
male lion pastel drawing by Julie Rhodes