When someone leaves the mortal world they leave behind more than just earthly possessions. They leave behind their dreams, hopes, morals, debts, vices.
When a parent leaves you these things stick with you be it good or bad. Sometimes you don’t want them, but other times you cling to them in place of the emptiness your mother/father left behind.
It’s a bittersweet thing, and to me that’s what the lion ring in the September tale represents.
Whew!! I sat for 6 straight hours finishing this illustration! D: It’s for Neil Gaiman’s A Calender of Tales. The story in question is the September tale, and you can read it here (it’s page 20).
I spent quite a while trying to figure out the colour theme, and I eventually settled for this one. I’ve seen a few people go straight to the earthy red tones of a lion, but for me the lion in the story is an ethereal figure. So I went with a blue green haha.