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Uncle Kion by Darthmaul1999 Uncle Kion by Darthmaul1999
Originally a request from one of my good friends over Kik (queennalathelioness.deviantart…), this is a family portrait of sorts with Kion hanging around his niece and nephew on a lazy spring day in the Pride Lands. Kenta and Sala (the cubs here) were born while Kion was still young, and he's now hitting his mid-teen years. So far, he's gotten along quite well with the cubs, and is never one to turn down their presence when they want to be around him.

I was very glad to have taken up this request, since I've been meaning to draw Kion with Kenta and Sala one of these days anyway. I've seen the idea of him with his nieces/nephews done more often since the last time I drew Kion, which is good. It's such a cute idea that can have a lot of potential, and I hope it can lead to even more adorable artwork of them in the future. la in love 

I should address that, yes, I finally changed Kenta's colors from what they were before. They always looked too bright for me, and that it'd be somewhat unrealistic for Kovu and Kiara's genes to produce those kinds of colors. So with Autobot00001's consent, I darkened his pelt a little bit and made his muzzle and underside lean closer to yellow-tinted. I think it looks closer to how I originally envisioned Kenta, and it helps to make him look like he really came from his father. This is also the first time I've drawn Sala from anything but a direct side view, so now I can fully grasp her design.

EDIT: I made this before I knew about the updated lion head mark on Kion's shoulder, so please excuse the outdated paw mark on him here. Embarrassed blush 

Let me know in the comments what you think!
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:iconrevan005:
Revan005 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017
Cute moment.:)
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EmilyBandicoot1234 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice 
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Darthmaul1999 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D If I'd known Kion and Kiara are the same age at the time, this would've turned out very different.
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EmilyBandicoot1234 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol 
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Thecodsterman Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
Awe XD I like this one man!
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:icondarthmaul1999:
Darthmaul1999 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad to hear it! :)
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:iconlionkinglover2004:
LionKingLover2004 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
in favs
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:icondarthmaul1999:
Darthmaul1999 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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:iconlionkinglover2004:
LionKingLover2004 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
cute :D
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coolwolfbro Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!
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:icondarthmaul1999:
Darthmaul1999 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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coolwolfbro Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no prob
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Kiara-Disney Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
Very Cute. :love: 
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Autobot00001 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
Nice job man!  And yeah, Kenta does look better that way.
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QueenNalatheLioness Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it so much! And I agree Kenya looks a bit better with his pelt darkened. :)
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Darthmaul1999 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm so glad you like it! I think he looks better too. :D
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