While this image is still very much a work in progress, it seems to be a return to the 1% rule I seem to go by.
As in, there is 1% of this painting that I love, and for the rest I have strongly mixed feelings. I love the shadows on the lion's back. I love the dark space where the two subjects meet. I'm quite happy with that feline chin.
But there's a paw . . . and an eye, and a neck . . . and . . . heck, who am I kidding?
The bits that I hate are just as valuable as the bits I love. I can live with the mistakes because they are lessons. I will always see them and remember to slow down, check posture, check position, and then add the first layer of shadowing. Sleep on it, don't just plunge in.
Happy with how the back grounds are going with this series. (The cynic in me says, " why don't you just do a series of backgrounds and leave it at that??")
Not sure I can live with the poor child's mullet, though . . .