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In Exile

By thornwolf
The Asiatic lion's habitat previously spanned throughout most of southeast Asia and through to Greece and Europe, but today they only exist in small numbers in India. The current wild population of approximately 250-350 lions, who are all located within the Gir National Forest in India, are thought to have been descended from 13 individuals found in the 1930's, leaving the existing population potentially prone to disease and other inbreeding related health problems.

This is a card drawn for the Endangered Ark card deck, a deck of cards designed to promote awareness endangered species. Each card has a different animal on it and 10% of the proceeds go toward animal conservation.

1/3 of the sale of the original of this piece and 1/2 of print sales will go toward adopting an Asiatic lion in a breeding program.

For more information on the Endangered Ark deck, please visit:
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leoninesoul's avatar
Wow!! Absolutely glorious!
CherryOnee-chan's avatar
This is AWESOME!!!
Amberrant's avatar
I'm back again and this piece still knocks my socks off. Stunning.
Amberrant's avatar
This is just so beautiful.
eternalpuppy's avatar
So beautiful :heart: I love you choice of colors.
And really great message. :) It's so sad what beautiful things we're losing... And we don't even know it. :'(
Roni-Willits's avatar
its sad some people dont care what happens to other animals ecspecialy tiger wolfs wild horses and lions
Heilelbs's avatar
Very Beautiful Piece of Art.
Thank You, ThornWolf, for doing this.
thornwolf's avatar
I'm very happy you like it, thanks for the compliment!
donnaquinn's avatar
I've seen this before, and I thought I commented already. @_@ Anyway, it's a stunning piece. As others have mentioned, the colour scheme is a real winner, and the subject is beautiful and majestic.
Guyverman's avatar
They should try breeding them with African lions for more genetic diversity.
Lovelyruthie's avatar
I've seen this seagreen used with 'golds' in oriental art & it works so well to draw the eye & keep it there. Exactly the point of the Endangered Ark series.

A wonderful composition, the regal lion...yet conveyed in his posture & expression that feeling of exile, that he is a shadow of what his species used to be.

bardicsidhe's avatar
The color palette is brilliant. All those warm reds and yellows with the splash of cool blue-green? You certainly know how to create a mood and a sense of light. This deviation has been sitting in my updates for ages, waiting to be looked at, and I finally got the time to come over and was just floored. Beautiful work, I think this is my new favorite among your pieces. :)
thornwolf's avatar
Aw thank you so much :) Yeah I wanted to do a complimentary color scheme but try out that new light sea green paint that I had. I really like it when it's used for lighting so I figured I'd give it a shot.

Thanks for your comment!
thornwolf's avatar
But in Asia...Asia-lan?
TrippingUpStairs's avatar

Asialan :D

He has magical jesus powahs
Key-FeathersMLP's avatar
The colours on this are just stunning :D
markedwolf's avatar
Wow I love the colors and the style. A great addition to this deck.
thornwolf's avatar
Thank you so much :)
Freakconformist's avatar
The colors make it and automatic fave, plus its a good cause.
It just goes to show you, my best friend is a big cat freak and I didn't even know there were Asian lions.
thornwolf's avatar
They really are the unsung victims of habitat destruction, many folks simply think the only lions are African lions, but granted, the differences aren't that striking so it's more than understandible. There were a lot of species on this deck I had no idea were endangered, some I didn't know existed either.

Thank you so much :)
DragonChuu's avatar
Oh, that colors, :heart:. Amazing job.
styx-leagon's avatar
Wow, beautiful colors.
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