Prince of the Jungle. Woodburned on Kiln dried pine. 24" X 48" (61cm X 122cm).
While I do still have a few little things to tweak, the piece is at last complete. To share some of the statistics of this burn are as follows: I have 438 hours into this artwork. There are 261,500 individually burned hairs in the fur and mane. The acacia tree was textured using stippling (burned in dots). There are 2,740,830 dots used to create the rough feeling of the tree bark.
Prince of the Jungle features a sub-adult African lion male. All lion cubs are spotted to help them hide in their environment while they are small and vulnerable. As they mature the spotted coat gradually fades. Many people have asked me about the spots in this young male's coat. The mane is still short and scruffy but will grow longer and fuller as the lion reaches maturity. It will also darken.
In lion society blonds do not have more fun. Studies of lions show that females are drawn to males with the darkest manes. Lighter maned cats tend to be less successful reproductively. The acacia trees in my image are called Umbrella Acacias due to the broad flat shape covering a large surface area. These trees provide shade and food for a variety of animals and shelter as well. They are thorny trees and very iconic of Africa.