I'm glad you liked the idea. Very nicely executed. I think it goes great with the series. Horses have such great shapes, positive and negative. I think the feather is a great touch. It makes me want one or two more, but that's just me. I do wonder if the feather should be tipped back to be perpendicular with the back plane of his head, though. It'd be a more dynamic angle, too. Also, the horizon line is creating a tangent with the top of the podium and his feet. Fun stuff!
you're absolutely right on all counts. :)
Awesome. I like the horse better than the lion especially for the little series you made :)