Endangered Asian Lions

Endangered Asian Lions of India

I have been thinking about my next painting and also which one I would donate to this year’s Explorers Against Extinction Silent Auction in November. My very good friend, and Director and Founder of The Tulsi Foundation, Dr Chet Trivedy suggested I paint the Asian Lion he had photographed on a recent working trip to India. 

The Asiatic Lion current range is restricted to the Gir National Park and environs in the Indian state of Gujarat. Historically, it inhabited much of Western Asia and the Middle East up to northern India. On the IUCN Red List, it is listed under its former scientific name Panthera leo persica as Endangered because of its small population size which is I understand approximately 480

I have recently been using some of my coloured pencils and thought it would be an interesting project to paint this lion in Coloured Pencil and then pastel. Some while ago I painted a lion from the Punk Pride in Tinted Charcoal and thought this image would be a good subject for tinted charcoal.

Both the Tinted Charcoal and Coloured Pencil paintings are done on Fabriano Artistico 300gsm Hot Pressed paper and the pastel is on light grey PastelMat. All three images are A4 in size.

Asian Lion in Coloured Pencil
Asian Lion in Pastel
Asian Lion in Tinted Charcoal