The world is still in mourning over the murder of Cecil the Lion – the beloved creature whose brutal death at the hands of a trophy hunter last month sparked outrage and grief everywhere.
Blaise was as an animator for Disney for 21 years and worked on such iconic films as Beauty & The Beast, Mulan, and The Lion King. It’s fitting, then, that the visual artist’s touching tribute to the slain king would be a reimagining of that tear-jerking scene, in which the late Mufasa appears to Simba as a cloud in the sky.
The portrait also holds a poignant quote from the 1994 film: “Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down upon us from those stars.”
Take a look at the speed painting video that Blaise posted showing how he created this incredible tribute below.