Friday, February 20, 2009

A Lion in Pastel

After the Chipmunk I decided I liked my pastels again. I have a love/hate relationship with them and have been in the hate phase recently.
So I started this lion that I photographed at the South Lakes Wildlife Park last summer.
I watched him for quite a while and took lots of photographs, but I like the way he's looking at the viewer with his head slightly tilted in this shot.
It is about 20 x 16 on blue haze Colourfix paper.
I'm laying a base coat with soft pastels then working with pastel pencils for fine hairs. I will finish with really soft pastels to add little highlights.

5 comments:

Grahame Butler said...

this ia looking great already, I love pastels but find them hard to work with, cant wait to see this finished.

Watercolorist said...

It looks very promising. Can't wait to see the end product.

vivien said...

looking GOOD - with just the eyes in it already has that lion 'look'

Wendy said...

hooo wow Gayle, he's really something else! That's like a huge step up all of a sudden for you. Everything you've done lately just seems like you've just taken a leap onto the next step somehow. Look at that mane...it's magnificent! I really can't wait to see the rest of this guy.

Gayle Mason said...

Thank you all, I hope I don't mess him up!