After watching many SBS, I thought that I will throw my hat in the ring and learn to be a better artist through the critique's and suggestions of the artists on this forum. I found a reference of a lion on the internet and took up the challenge of the hair, fur and coloring. I use an Iwata Custom Micron-sb, Createx illustration paints, and Blair synthetic airbrush paper. So here we go. I start with the eyes, the soul of the subject and the soul of any portrait. The iris is a mixture of burnt umbre and sepia and then shaded in with black. The fur is also burnt umber, sepia and in some areas a little black. Start erasing/blade work paying attention to fur direction. Spray another layer of burnt umber/sepia more erasing. Pay attention to the light source coming from the left and make sure this is taken into account when high-lighting the fur. The short fur on the snout is more like dots then trying to make hairs. More of the same. Paint, erase, bladework. Don't worry about the color of the fur, I will change that near the end using transparent paints. Started some work on his nose. Started adding background color to make sure my fur contrasts were not too light or dark. More fur,more background and added some out of focus hair around the mouth.Really getting tired of erasing/ bladework but that was the challenge with this portrait. The hair on the top of his head uses a slightly different stroke. Yeah, something new! Finally finished with the hair, time to add some color. I used a highly diluted yellow at the highlites on his right side and his right eye. The transparent is made up using burnt umbre,red violet,yellow and orange. Every time you spray paint it softens the fur and dulls it, so back to erasing/bladework. Finalized the colors and added wiskers and eyebrow hairs using split frisket. Finished Lion! Looking forward to your suggestions. Thanks everybody.