Here’s a thing – it turns out that the hot-tempered lion king from the Disney classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks is actually named Leonidas. I now can’t shake the mental image of him kicking David Tomlinson down a big hole while yelling “THIS! IS! NABOOMBU!”
But anyway. This piccy was inspired by some sketches that turned up on Twitter a while back (oh yes, I now have a Twitter account, for reasons that have yet to be satisfactorily explained. You can have a look at it here,
if you want) by a couple of corking artists known as Iaido
and Affogato Poom
, depicting a middle-aged version of Tony the Tiger (you know, him off the breakfast cereal) being all burly and jovial. They got me wondering what King Leonidas might look like in his later years, and thus the above image happened. I used it as an opportunity to try out some new pens for the linework, and I’m really rather chuffed with the results; indeed, doodling this boisterous bruiser was a great deal of fun in general, so I dare say you may get to see more of him around these parts. Time will tell!