How to Draw a Lion

How to draw a lion cartoon drawing

How to draw a lion. Previously - in another lesson here on the site... you were able to draw a simple, symmetrical feline - resembling more of a 'stuffed animal'. Here, let's have another go at it - this time having it look slightly more realistic - yet of course... still cartoony!

Actually, come to think of it - there are other lessons on the site where I'll do the same thing. For example, we could draw a turtle - a fish, etc. in a different pose - or at a different level.

Alright then - here we go!


First Step - Draw a Simple Guideline for Your Lion

Color-coded and all, the following framework will help you to get your cat structure in place. And once you do, as I'm sure you've discovered from this site - focusing on the creative aspects of the animal will be THAT much easier.

Here's how mine looks...

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I'd say the most important detail here - is the green oval, marking off the mane. Notice how it overlaps in front of the upper body circle. A little planning like this, provides a nice perspective of what's to come.

And so, let's draw this cat!

Second Step - How to Draw a Lion

A good place to begin - as it is most of the time!... is with the head and eyes. Begin centrally, and then expand outwards to complete the various parts of your drawing. You'll notice here, I've gone ahead and had some fun - developing the style/look/details of my cat as I progressed.

Feel free to do the same!

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If you look up top at the finished line and colored drawings - side by side... you'll notice I've gone in and edited the mane on the (your) right side. It was a tad to big... got a bit carried away with all the spiky protrusions to form its cartoonish mane.

Well, there you have it. Another cartoon feline under your belt! :-)