Gently, tenderly she stroked the long brown hairs of the lion's main as deep warm smile slowly formed upon her angelically flawless face. "Custodia Regis", the Queen's guard was no mere lion. He was an elemental of the land. Bound to the Queen's royal bloodline.
Many a wicked hand had tried to claim her life...
...all had fore-fitted their own at the claws of the elemental.
Her gratitude knew no limits and her fondness for the elemental grew only stronger with each passing day...
The painting of the female is in my opinion a great artistic achievement on your part, well done. There is not only excellent figure painting and accurate proportions, in addition the expression of the woman evokes heart felt expression and emotion.
I am confused on a couple of things in this total composition. Why are the details in the lion not so apparent, instead like a blender blurred application? What seems to me would make this part stand out is applying fine details of the hair covered skin surface of the lion with the female softly brushing against that surface. This might create a graceful expression of connection between the two. Again you may have painted the lion this way to create a stronger observing eye attraction to the female focal point of the composition?
The other thing I might ask a question about is the mirror reflection. If appears to me that the female reflection in the mirror is slightly off and should be tilted a bit lower. Again, you may have done this on purpose to relay some type of expressive message that I do not understand.
Once again excellent artwork, you have great potential.