I rarely paint or sculpt animals that aren’t native to North America, or sometimes Great Britain. It seems that I should stick with the animals that I’m more familiar with. But I just had to sculpt a lion, and here he is.
As always I began with the head (but not the mane yet). Once I had the head sculpted from a solid lump of clay I hollowed it out from the neck end. From there I added a slab for the neck, then a rolled slab for the body. The legs and tail are solid. When I had the whole lion together I added the mane.
For the mane I considered adding individual strands, but ended up attaching eight or so irregular shaped flat pieces that I textured. I think it works fine.