I tried to keep the image simple with the two subjects taking up most of the canvas. Here's my first stage with background done, the beginnings of a lion and the lion tamer sketched in:
It took me a while to decide how much detail to put into the lion, I wanted it to keep an abstract feeling about it so there would not be a great contrast between the lion and the very abstract looking lion tamer. I decided to focus on the area around the lion's nose and keep the shapes simple.
After getting in more details for the two subjects I finished up the background by adding more shades of color and some pennants. I think I'm finished, what do you think?
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