I decided to model the layout of my entry off of 19th century Japanese block prints, particularly those of Hiroshige and Hokusai. That said, I definitely went with my own color pallet and shading style.
I call this beast the Inferno Lion...for obvious reasons. XD His mane is make of tongues of flame, and his back has hard plates of cooled magma, laced with glowing cracks. He has three eyes, two of which are dead an blind. The remaining one is situated in the center and glows an eerie green0yellow. Where he treads, his paws leave ash and fire.
He's also quite the charmer.