Wild Cats - Lion

Speaking the individual who commissioned me, she asked me to paint an additional cat to accompany the Evolution of Wild cats and the set wouldn't be complete without a Lion. This particular Asiatic Lion is in London Zoo called Banhu which is a Hindi name for 'The Sun'. The Yellow hints are reflective of this symbolism as well as the bright colours and repetitive patterns that feature in Asiatic artwork. Banhu is sitting proudly watching on with a cheeky wink.
Below is a photo of Banhu that I used as a reference. Medium: Pen, ink and gouache.