The Lion Pride Wood-Burning

The Lion Pride Wood-Burning is a beautiful scene of a lion family wood-burned on wood with stained frame. But I want to talk about how it all came together.

As you can see here, I didn’t make the graphite lines light. IN fact, I left them dark on purpose so that I would burn darker. This has been a theme for me because I used to burn too light which in essence can make your wood-burning piece fada a lot faster.

Once the pattern was traced, I started with the king of the jungle as getting him in place and wood-burned would be the guide for the entire lion pride wood-burning.

This first lion cub didn’t quite turn out as I had hoped. I actually had to scrape off his face with a razor blade and some sandpaper and start over.

It was a matter of rushing through it with a tip that was a bit too hot.

This is why temperature control matters but also being patient and taking your time with any wood-burning project.

In the end, I don’t hate how the cub turned out.

Filling in the second cub and some of the trees to make sure that I keep going with the contrast of the sepia hues that wood-burning creates.

Not using outline but shading from the graphite lines inward as needed to create the depth of where muscles start and end and any other definition that is present.

Because I am right handed, I work from left to right in most of my wood-burnings. This can be tricky if if the graphite is heavy as it can lead to smudging and in some cases is difficult to remove.

There are a few areas I went in with an eraser to lighten the graphite line because in the end the dark lines didn’t work out quite as well as I hoped.

Trust the process and your skills as they develop over time. I find I am always learning something new about the art of even myself the more I create!

Once I had the lion pride in the picture, I started working on the background. I find that working on the focal points of a project like this is key because they lion pride is that – the main feature of the art piece but the trees also had to have some definition.

I started with the writing tip to add some swirly unevenness but ended switching back to the shading tip as that is what I prefer in 99% of my wood-burnings.

And here’s the final piece and I am pleased with how it turned out – even with the one cub giving me a bit of a challenge.

The lion pride wood-burning is currently available in my shop.

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