I call this Lion's Gaze, thanks to Patricia Otten and Donna Ridgeway. I liked their ideas and combined them.
|Here I had just sketched it out using the gray pan pastel.|
|I started adding color.|
|I added more color, and this is when I noticed that his eyes were too far apart. Should have paid better attention during the sketch.|
|Wonderful thing about pan pastels is that they are very forgiving. You can erase mistakes.|
|I used a light blue colored pencil for part of his eye, but it really washed it out in the photo. So I went back over it with black pan pastels.|
Here it is again. The finished painting.
Lion's Gaze 9x9 inches on watercolor paper
Reference photo by Dr. Thomas Trainer.