Today’s submission comes from a 14 year old artist (well he was 14 when he submitted this a year ago), Leonie Kind. Leonie has painted this on canvas but didn’t mention the medium. If I had to guess I would say it is acrylics. I love your background choice for this piece. The orange tints in the sky blend beautifully with the orange tints in the lions mane which pulls both the background and the subject together well. You’ve done a great job getting some of the shading in, like around the under side of the mouth and the eye is really nice.
Taking a look at some things we can adjust to improve on this piece even more, the first thing that stands out to me is the initial drawing. Make sure you’re using a strong reference photo. While you didn’t submit the photo you used, I did find one from Morguefile.com that had a similar angle so that we could compare the two. Before you start painting, spend extra time making sure that your drawing is just right. Once you start adding the paint, it’s only going to get harder. I can see here that you do have talent, we just want to spend that extra time perfecting your initial drawing. One quick tip is to get some tracing paper and trace your subject 10 times. By the 11th time, you should be able to freehand it SO much better. This is because tracing it will force you to notice details and shapes that you otherwise may have missed. It forces you to see things as they are instead of how we think they are. When working in realism (which you said in your submission was your goal), training your brain to see what is and not what we *think* is there makes all the difference in the world.
You are off to a great start as an artist! Keep up the good work!!