Lion & the Mouse

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.)



The mouse that roared.