|Young warrior - African lion.
Size 44x34cm Coloured charcoal engraving, and drawing on board.
African lion males dont develop their full mane until around 4 years of age with the older males having a generally bigger and darker mane. Having said this there are many lions who have shorter and even absent manes regardless of age. Climate and social stuation and fighting ability (testosterone) all appear to play a part. This male is however around 4 years of age and really on the cusp of reaching full maturity. Young and full of impatient energy his life force shines clearly in his eyes.