How to Draw a Lion

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Learn how to draw a great looking Lion with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Lion.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Lion

How to Draw a Great Looking Lion for Kids and Beginners - Step 1

Lion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the lion outline by drawing its eyes. Use curved lines to enclose the pointed shapes. Shade a small round pupil in each eye.

Use curved lines to contour between the eyes and to draw the roughly heart-shaped nose.

Easy Lion Drawing - Step 2

Lion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Sketch the mouth and chin using curved lines. Notice that the chin employs a series of small “U” shaped lines, giving it a furry texture. Shade within the “Y” shaped mouth.

Easy Lion Drawing - Step 3

Lion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Use curved lines to outline the lion’s face and mane, including the pointed portion of the mane below the chin.

Easy Lion Drawing - Step 4

Lion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Continue drawing the mane using long, overlapping curved lines. Allow a few lines to meet at jagged points.

Easy Lion Drawing - Step 5

Lion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Enclose the bottom of the lion’s mane, using curved lines of various lengths that meet at jagged points. Texture the mane with curved lines.

Easy Lion Drawing - Step 6

Lion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Draw the lion’s leg and paw. Use two long, curved lines for the sides of the leg.

At the bottom, use overlapping curved lines to indicate the toes. Then, draw a wavy line across the leg at the top of the foot.

Easy Lion Drawing - Step 7

Lion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Draw the remaining foreleg and paw, again using long curved lines and overlapping curved lines.

Then use a curved line to draw the belly and front of the rear leg. Contour the tops of the legs with short lines.

Add More Details to Your Lion Picture - Step 8

Lion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Extend a long curved line from the mane to form the animal’s back, hips, and rear leg. Use short, overlapping curved lines to finish the leg and the toes.

Complete the Outline of Your Lion Drawing - Step 9

Lion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Draw the remaining rear leg. Use long curved lines for the sides of the leg, and overlapping curved lines for the toes.

For the tail, extend a pair of curved lines from the rear leg. Allow them to meet at a point. Then, enclose a teardrop-shaped tuft of fur around the tip of the tail, and texture it with short lines.

Color Your Lion Drawing

Lion step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Your lion outline is now complete. Color your majestic character. Most male lions have sandy-brown fur and darker manes.

Some have tinges of black or red in their fur. On rare occasions, lions are even solid white!

Easy, step by step Lion drawing tutorial
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Learn More About The Lion Drawing

You will feel like roaring with joy when you complete this lion drawing. He will fit right into a savannah scene or a clip from The Lion King.

This realistic lion is not difficult to draw, even though he includes a lot of detail.

Just look for highlighted new lines in each step-by-step illustration. You can study our finished, colored picture to learn about shading as well.

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This lion is a male. It has a long, bushy mane around its head. Baby lions and female lions lack the mane.

Lions live in family groups called prides. You can start your own pride when you learn how to draw a lioness and this baby lion drawing. You can even sketch a drawing of young Simba from The Lion King!

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