The Magnificent Lion

September 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Imperial Lion…

I’ve made an attempt to illustrate one of the lion pair of Ali and Katherina, who were gifts from the Ethopian Emperor Haile Selassie to Japanese Emperor Hirohito. This lion emblem used to be on the old Ethopian flag. For this illustration I tried to incorporate Japanese patterns to make a new interpretation. But I don’t think it looks Japanese enough or not at all; firstly because of the staff and the crown and secondly the patterns may be too small. Either way it’s a start and I will continue to figure out a way that best reflect the narratives of these destroyed animals.

Also, I plan to illustrate the ‘life’ of these animals rather than concentrating the manner of death of these animals (the words carries that communication), and pay tribute to the life of these animals through illustration.



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