Angry Lioness – my pastel sketch

It was my first time on safari, in Kruger NP, South Africa. I was sitting in an open jeep photographing a pride of lions and cubs. Suddenly a lioness came straight up to my side of the jeep, about 4 feet from my elbow resting on the door, which It seemed to me sensible to withdraw!

As the photograph shows, from which I sketched this picture, she was not happy! This buttock clenching clenching moment passed, with her staring at me for a while, giving a roar in my direction and turning away. I did not take the photo’ someone else in the jeep did. I was rigid, trying to pretend it wasn’t happening.