How to Draw a Lion

Lions are well known for their formidable reputation as the kings of the jungle – and we have the proof that they deserve this moniker thanks to their fearsome, majestic appearance; read on to bring this to life!


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Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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How to draw a lion step by step 1

Grab a pencil, and add a “teardrop” shape to the left of your page to create your lion’s mane.


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How to draw a lion step by step 2

Add another, smaller shape inside this, with a slightly angled bottom. Then, draw a small square just above this section, and add two lines heading up in the center.


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How to draw a lion step by step 3

Add a small curved line to the bottom left of the mane, and then bring a curved line across to the right, down to create a tail, and back in and up.


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How to draw a lion step by step 4

From here, bring a curved line down to a point, then take it in, across for a foot, and up.


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How to draw a lion step by step 5

Add another leg just in front of the first.


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How to draw a lion step by step 6

Now, bring a curved line across to the left, and extend the line at the top of the mane to a point, before bringing this up and across to the right.


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How to draw a lion step by step 7

Bring a line down from the bottom of this, and add a “hook”.


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How to draw a lion step by step 8

Take the end of this up to form a front leg, and then add another leg to the back of this, before connecting this to the line of the tummy.


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How to draw a lion step by step 9

Join the back legs up completely.


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How to draw a lion step by step 10

Add two small, slightly jagged shapes to the mane, on either side of the face, for ears.


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How to draw a lion step by step 11

Use an orange pen to add color to the back of the lion’s body, including the tail, and to the two inside legs.


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How to draw a lion step by step 12

Use a black pen to shade the nose…


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And use the same color for the eyes and the mouth.


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Shade the face and ears with the same orange color.


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How to draw a lion step by step 15

Now, use a brown pen for the mane around the face…


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Shade the mane and tip of the tail with a darker brown pen…


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How to draw a lion step by step 17

And then the bottom of the face with a light brown pen.


And there we have it – a king of the jungle, looking our way – we wouldn’t want to make him angry!

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