Back in September, I picked up one of those neat Toned Tan hardcover sketchbooks made by Strathmore. While not perfect for my way of working (I wish the paper had more tooth), I have been having fun experimenting a bit with sketching on this mid-toned paper with some darker, lighter, and colored media.
Just felt like drawing a lion yesterday, and as I started the sketch, that old Aesop’s Fable story The Lion & the Mouse came to mind, so I added a mouse in the mane. Some get lice, the lion gets mice. (As a side note, one of my favorite depictions of this story was illustrated by veteran artist Jerry Pinkney whose stunning version of the story rests firmly in my personal library.)