Thursday 15 August 2013

Lion girl painting

Sometimes inspiration strikes from the most unexpected places. I've got another painting on the go at the moment (the next person in my illustrated blogger series), but when I heard - wait for it - the new Katy Perry song, it got me thinking.

I'd fancied doing a follow up to my fox girl painting for a while now, and so when I heard the chorus ("louder than a lion") a super-cool, fierce lion girl appeared in my head and wouldn't go away. 

& here she is! It's the first time that I've illustrated a painting with lyrics too - I have really weird handwriting (I don't join up my letters, so annoyingly I've never learned how to do pretty, swooping writing), so I was a bit apprehensive about writing on it and ruining it. I think it works though!

While I was painting I took photos along the way and posted them on my instagram feed (you can follow me @eversojuliet if you like!). I follow a few arty folk and I really like when they post in-progress photos, I think it's really interesting to see how things come together - so hopefully you all agree, and it's not spammy!

I actually find it really helpful to take photos of things when I paint - it helps you distance yourself from what you're working on, and it makes it easier to spot when things are going wrong!

Overall with this painting I was trying really hard to keep it soft and a bit more natural than my usual style. A very talented pal of mine gave me some very good painting advice (mainly to try and not be so heavy handed!), and so I've really tried to take this on board.



  1. eep! I love the detail of her face! and love how this painting falls into the month of Leo, which is my sign, so I totally love this <3
    you're amazing with watercolors, love! So jealous.

    1. Aww, thank you so much! I'm going to pretend that I knew this linked to Leo, and therefore was totally on purpose (ha). x

  2. This is just gorgeous! I love it, the mane just makes it even more beautiful! xxx

  3. I really like this Juliet! I adore her little lion ears! xxx


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