Painting a young lion in gouache

When I paint animals I look for the underlying colours.  Fur is very complex and varies according to the age of the animal and the  environmental conditions at the time.  This painting was done from a photo taken in Africa by a friend of mine who was very generous in allowing me to use it.

Step 1. I sketched the cub and masked in the parts I wanted clean. Then I used washes of spectrum violet and burnt sienna.

Step 2. I selected the darks and key underlying colours. Burnt umber, tangerine and yellow ochre.


step 4. I continued with flesh tint, warm grey 3 and 1, and permanent white.



Completed. The method I used was single strokes over the top of other colours. Not much water is used. The eyes are a mixture of yellow green, primrose and red.

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