The month has flown by (again).
It has been extraordinarily rainy here all month; outdoor chores have been crammed into a scant handful of rain-free days. One would think that in being confined indoors for most of that time, I *should* have been more productive in the finished art department. Alas, such has not been the case.
Ah well! I was, however, able to finish a drawing for the May Pen and Ink challenge on Wet Canvas:
(The reference photo is by WetCanvas member Patrick Hedges.)
I chose to use cross-hatching because the lion’s fur suggested the technique. Hair has always been very challenging for me to render effectively, so I thought I’d give it a go. The photo has really wonderful contrast; a full range of all tones from very light to very dark. Plus, I adore felines of all sizes.
As I usually do with a portrait, I started at the eyes… because if I don’t get them right, for me, the essence is lost. As luck would have it, I got them right the first time. 🙂
(Post edited to add the reference photo.)