Aaron Blaise, a former Disney animator who has worked on classic characters from Lion King, Beauty & The Beast, Mulan and other Disney classics, has created a beautiful and touching work of art to pay tribute to Cecil. The famous lion from Zimbabwe was recently killed by a dentist as a trophy.


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“I am a HUGE animal lover and it drives me crazy when I see these beautiful creatures destroyed for no good reason,” Blaise writes on his blog. “As some of you may also know I was one of the animators on “The Lion King” – When I heard the news about Cecil I got inspired to create a tribute image. It’s not much but hopefully it will make people think.” The image was accompanied by a fascinating speed-drawing video as well.

Blaise’s inspiring and moving image inspires fond memories of Mufasa’s spirit when it looked down on Simba in the Lion King. If his image inspires you to pick up a pen and create your own art, be sure to visit his site and Youtube channel, where he holds online drawing classes!

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Aaron Blaise, a Disney animator who has worked on Lion King, Beauty & The Beast, Mulan and other Disney classics, has created a beautiful and touching tribute to Cecil

“I am a HUGE animal lover and it drives me crazy when I see these beautiful creatures destroyed for no good reason”

“When I heard the news about Cecil I got inspired to create a tribute image. It’s not much but hopefully it will make people think”

Aaron Blaise’s speed-painting video: