How I develop… an emotive fairy tale scene
I picture the Lion King when he proposes the idea of marriage to the princess – as he pulls out the ring – and this determines the positions of the characters in the composition. I also concentrate on drawing a suitable loving expression for the Lion King and the princess’s look of surprise.
Colour and light
I want the Lion King’s colours to be authoritative, while in contrast the princess symbolises purity, with the help of a white dress. I allow incoming sunlight through the window to warm the scene, and I take further advantage of the blue sky by using it as the reflected light.
I modify and supplement the more detailed parts of the painting, adding description to some other parts as I work my way around it. I also adjust the position of the hand holding the ring, so there’s a good balance of colour. I also tweak the design of the characters’ clothing in places.