19×24 colored pencil. Original unavailable.

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This was the beginning of “more than one image” in my animal work. I had gotten bored with only having one face to work on.. decided to add two.. then three and so forth. I think the most I’ve ever put into one piece was around 20 cats.

The lion (Panthera leo) is a member of the family Felidae and one of four “big cats” in the genus Panthera. Reaching 272 kg (600 lb), it is the second-largest cat after the tiger. They currently exist in the wild in sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia with a critically endangered remnant population in northwest India, having disappeared from North Africa, the Middle East and western Asia in historic times. Until the late Pleistocene (about 10,000 years ago), the lion was the most widespread large land mammal beside man. They were found in most of Africa, much of Eurasia from western Europe to India and the Bering land bridge and in the Americas from Yukon to Peru.

Lions live for approximately 10–14 years in the wild, while in captivity they can live over 20 years. They typically inhabit savanna and grassland, although they may take to bush and forest. Lions are unusually social compared to other cats. A lion pride consists of related females and offspring and a small number of dominant males. Groups of female lions typically hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. The lion is an apex and keystone predator, though will resort to scavenging if the opportunity arises. While lions, in general, do not selectively hunt humans, some have been known to become man-eaters and seek human prey.

The lion is a vulnerable species, having seen a possibly irreversible population decline of 30 to 50% over the past two decades in its African range;1 populations are untenable outside designated reserves and national parks. Although the cause of the decline is not well-understood, habitat loss and conflicts with humans are currently the greatest causes of concern. Lions have been kept in menageries since Roman times and have been a key species sought after and exhibited in zoos the world over since the late 18th century. Zoos are cooperating worldwide in breeding programs for the endangered Asiatic subspecies.

The male lion is highly distinctive and is easily recognized by its mane. The lion, particularly the face of the male, is one of the most widely recognized animal symbols in human culture. Depictions have existed from the Upper Paleolithic period, with carvings and paintings from the Lascaux and Chauvet Caves, through virtually all ancient and medieval cultures where they historically occurred. It has been extensively depicted in literature, in sculptures, in paintings, on national flags, and in contemporary films and literature. (information from Wikipedia)

  • Complete 02-16-1995 utilizing 29 Prizmacolor pencils


bbk02500, big, cat, lion, nature, wildcat, wildlife

I love what I do and I do what I love.. been drawing for over 60 years now – I hope I’ve got it right.

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  • Karen Townsend
    Karen Townsendover 6 years ago

    Brilliant, you have an amazing talent Barb

  • paulcompton
    paulcomptonover 6 years ago

    Gorgeous. Lovely.

  • Steve Bulford
    Steve Bulfordover 6 years ago

    Nice work!

  • Teleis
    Teleisover 6 years ago

    handsome fellas

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 6 years ago

    Great clarity and details

  • Ganz
    Ganzover 6 years ago

    you never fail to astound me.

    Great Pencil.

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersover 6 years ago

    I reckon the pencil companies should be paying you for showing us all what wonderful art can be created with their products.

  • GittiArt
    GittiArtover 6 years ago

    Wow Barb I’m impressed …..this is a real masterpiece !!!!TOPNOTCH !!!

  • paul boast
    paul boastover 6 years ago

    beautiful work , captured their pride here especially top one

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgeover 6 years ago

    These last uploads have been so beautiful Barb

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