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!
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!
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!
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