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How to Draw a Lioness

Easy, step by step Lioness drawing tutorial
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Lions are one of the world's most iconic mammals. Female lions are called lionesses.

Did you know? While male lions are bigger and stronger than the females, it is actually the lionesses who do most of the hunting. They work together to bring down big prey. They also work as a team to raise and protect their cubs.

People have been including lionesses in their art for millennia. Female cave lions can be clearly seen in the paleolithic cave paintings in France. Ancient Egyptian statues depicted lionesses with a halo around their heads.

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Lionesses are often characters in animation and fiction. Examples include Sarabi, Sarafina, and Nala from The Lion King, Kiara, Zira, and Vitani from The Lion King II: Simba's Pride,, Rani from The Lion Guard, Florrie from Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Naga from The Library at Mount Char. Elsa was a real-life lioness portrayed in the film Born Free.

Would you like to draw a cartoon lioness? This easy, step-by-step cartoon animal drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Baby Lion, Lion, and The Lion King.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Lioness

Lioness drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Lioness Step 01

1. Begin by using curved lines to sketch the lioness’s face. Note the contours of the brow, muzzle, and cheek, as well as the tuft of fur near the neck.

Lioness drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Lioness Step 02

2. Use curved lines to draw the top of the lion’s head and her rounded triangular ears. Detail the inside of each ear with curved lines.

Lioness drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Lioness Step 03

3. Detail the lioness’s face. Draw a rounded, inverted triangle to form the nose. Below it, detail the mouth with an upside-down “Y” shaped line. Draw three parallel lines across each side to indicate the whiskers. Outline the eyes, using curved lines to form a circular shape with points at the corners. Shade a thick vertical line to form the slitted pupil. Draw a curved line above each eye to indicate the brow. Contour the face with curved lines down the center and alongside the snout.

Lioness drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Lioness Step 04

4. Draw a curved line to form the underside of the neck. Extend another to enclose the irregular shape of the body.

Lioness drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Lioness Step 05

5. Draw the rear leg, erasing as necessary. Use a pair of curved lines to form the thigh and lower leg. Enclose the paw, using overlapping curved lines to form the toes. Detail the ankle joint with a curved line.

Lioness drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Lioness Step 06

6. Draw the remaining rear leg. Again, use a pair of curved lines to outline the front and back of the leg, the paw, and the first toe. Use short lines to enclose the toes, and a curved line to detail the ankle joint.

Lioness drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Lioness Step 07

7. Draw the foreleg, erasing as necessary. Use long curved lines to outline the leg, side of the paw, and first toe. Draw the remaining toes using overlapping curved lines. Note the curved line that adds a furry texture to the top of the leg.

Lioness drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Lioness Step 08

8. Draw the remaining leg. Outline the leg using curved lines, and use overlapping curved lines to enclose the toes.

Lioness drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Lioness Step 09

9. Extend a pair of long curved lines from the lion’s rump to enclose the tail. At the tip, draw a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points to form the tuft of fur.

Complete Lioness drawing
How to Draw a Lioness Step 10

Color your cartoon lioness. Lions are typically a sandy brown or tan. Some lions are solid white.

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