Painting of Lion in Acrylics

Majestic Lion Painting

Painting of Lion

Painting of Lion in acrylics was and stays a huge urge because I love Africa and its wild life. I think “love” is an understatement.

Most of my family still lives in South Africa and I try to visit them regularly. When visiting them I always go on safari. But the ultimate dream safari was in Tanzania at the Serengeti and the Ngoro Ngoro Crater during my honeymoon in September 2019.

Since our honeymoon I am even more obsessed with wild life and and their living environment. So I started to draw and paint them.

But it is my big wish of painting of lion in acrylics on a big canvas. Not small canvasses, but the real deal! And that it will work out.

So I started! 

Reference Picture

Finding the perfect picture is quite a journey. First I made a list of what I wanted:

  • Male Lion
  • Walking and looking towards the Camera
  • Picture taken in the Wild (not Zoo)
  • Location preferably somewhere I have been myself
  • Unique picture

These aspects did not make it very easy, but I found one last week!

After a lot of searches on Google I found an amazing picture with an even more amazing story!

“Coming up against a big male lion – brave caracal mom saves her kittens!” on

I reached out to the photographer on Instagram, Nic Proust, and asked him permission to use his picture. And he said YES!!! I was and still am over the moon!

Big Male walks across the crater
Lion Painting outside


Next step was to see what materials I needed to paint my Lion in Acrylics.

I already had a 60 x 80 cm canvas, brushes and some acrylic paints (the primary colors and black and white).

Then I just Googled what colors I could choose and came accross the very usefull blog of Studio Wildlife “Top 5 Colours to Choose When Painting a Lion in Acrylics & Oils”.

This article made me run to the artshop to buy the missing colours to start.

Wait.. first Gesso.. then the painting. Gesso is used to give a good base for the painting. As I want it to look like the Lion stepping out of the painting, I used 3 layers of black gesso and a layer of black acrylic paint for the background.

All paints and the gesso are from Royal Talens the Amsterdam Standard Series


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There is one original painting and there are prints available to order.

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Lion Painting Mockup

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