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_King of the Nile_ by Aikya _King of the Nile_ by Aikya
The Lion King! XD :heart:

I've been working on some big cats-the Lion is such a beautiful, majestic creature. I love their anatomy. Their eyes are so intense!

His headdress took for ever-lots of overlapping and toning with the pencil. This is a design for a story character. I'll see where it goes from here.

I appreciate feedback! Enjoy! :love:

Mediums used: 2B, 4B, 8B pencils on 90lb cold press watercolor paper, ps for framework.
King of the Nile (c) to Amanda Klammer
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:iconmonterreyking:
monterreyking Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
I was searching for a lion i saw a few days ago but this one. Your Lion is so amazing. Love it. Beautiful Egyptian Lion. 
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Daicelf Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
superbe work.

encouraging to see someone who can really draw...rather than the photoshop junkies
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WedotheJazz Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Hey, am I able to use the image to trace for a logo design for a semi-pro rugby team in England please?
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sadrainy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Love the idea of this one. ^^
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zoom-from-inside Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010   General Artist
woow..amazing..it reminds me of our sphinx in Egypt .. :) :love:
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angiak666 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it.
It looks a bit egyptian.
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Wolfbitch Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
This made me laugh.
Very different than the usual manes.
I also like the emotion (that I saw I dunno if it was on purpose or not.) on the lion's face.
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XenoPredDragon Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the style of his mane. :D It have almost the same type of style as the "Gods" masks in the movie Star Gate.

And do you know what other animal who has eyes more intense than a lions?
OWLS! :noes: They can stare right through you soul. :XD:
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:iconaikya:
Aikya Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL OWLS!!! XD

They do stare right into your soul! I love animals with intense eyes-you can tell the difference between a predator's and a prey animal's eyes. ^^
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XenoPredDragon Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, owls are made of the awesome. :XD:

And yes, true, I've learned all about it at the Animal Channel. :D
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Aikya Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL OWLS!!! XD

They do stare right into your soul! I love animals with intense eyes-you can tell the difference between a predator's and a prey animal's eyes. ^^
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prasadesign Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
Wow...pure inspiration :O
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:iconaikya:
Aikya Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:
Thank you very much!
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prasadesign Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
my pleasure :hug:
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Nighthyena Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
ohmygod. That is so cool, I love the headress and the details! What's he staring at? A tasty slave perhaps?
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aryundomiel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the the faraon aspect of the lion, strangely it reminded me the movie Stargate.good job
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Gizzygirl234 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008
Darn it! Your description took away my comment haha! I was about to write *This reminds me of the Lion King mask used for the musical!* :D XD I just saw the musical again- love your portrayal :D
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:iconaikya:
Aikya Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:love:
I'm glad you like him!
It was totally fun working on this picture, but at times it could be super tough!
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Gizzygirl234 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
Yeah, with the angle and detail I can see why it would be tricky! :hug:
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airbornefishies Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
This is beautiful, especially the headress!
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:iconaikya:
Aikya Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
Thank you very much!
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airbornefishies Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
You're welcome! :heart:
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:iconluntary:
Luntary Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
WOW!!!
It´s incredible. Especially the anatomy of the face is great.
:clap::clap::clap:
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:iconaikya:
Aikya Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
Gotta love those big cats! :D
Thank you!
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Tigz-Moonlight Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
L
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T
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:iconaikya:
Aikya Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
Thanks!
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anagami Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
...interesting concept :)
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:iconanagami:
anagami Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
...interesting concept :)
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DropletOfFire Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
I like the way the headdress sits like a second mane on the lions majestic head. You have really managed to capture the dignity and beauty of this marvellous animal :love: I absolutely love it!
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Aikya Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
Putting things-like headdresses-on heads can be difficult! If you don't do it right you can end up making the animal's head look warped or change their expression. I had so much fun with this drawing though :heart:
Thank you!
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DropletOfFire Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
You're welcome! :D
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mistrocity Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh wow! this amazing! TREMENDOUS job!
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:iconaikya:
Aikya Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:
Gotta love animals! ^^
Thanks!
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SareSai Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:wow: The intricate detail is amazing and you clearly display your masterful skills with those pencils. He looks quite regal; like everything a King of the Nile should be ^^
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:iconaikya:
Aikya Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:
Thanks!
:hug:
I'm trying real hard to improve my lines and toning techniques. Practicing on animals-especially big cats-has proven to help out a lot!
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SareSai Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:aww: You're welcome
Your efforts are definetely paying off :thumbsup:
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pemmi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
wow! that is an really really good picture! :D it looks just like a real lion. and then that thing on his head makes the picture very "egyptian" :) ... and good idea to make the king of the nile have a lion head (or completely be a lion, i haven't seen his body)
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Aikya Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:
Whoa now that would be cool-to put this guys head on the body of a human or something-like part human part Lion!
Good idea!
Thank you for the kind words! :hug:
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pemmi Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
:D good i can be to some use for once :)
and you are welcome.. (and you're worth all the kind words you get from me (:)
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Aikya Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're sweet! :heart:
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DasTenna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
This rocks! I love how you made him look powerful, proud and calm.
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Aikya Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He does sort of have a proud/calm look-but really intense!
Like-I'm King Here!
Thank you for the kind words!
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DasTenna Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Yes, that´s true. And: "No one dares to doubt my word."
You´re welcome.
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lipstickkisses Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
Wow. I love this.
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:iconaikya:
Aikya Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
Thank you!
I love your drawings of animals too-you're very good at realism!
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lipstickkisses Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
Thankyou. :$
And you're most welcome, as always. :love:
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stargate4ever23 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, that is a magnificent picture, I lvoe to to death! Try a tiger, talk about majestic with an intense stare, I LOVE TIGERS! hehehehehehehe sorry :P
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:iconaikya:
Aikya Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
Thank you!
I have a Tiger on the way! They are my favorite big cat :heart:
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:iconstargate4ever23:
stargate4ever23 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay! Mine too!
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silamir Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008   General Artist
awesome, awesome, awesome!!! :D he looks so real.
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