how to draw a lion

In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Lion in 8 easy steps. This step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of a lion. Simply follow along with each step, drawing the portion shown in red for each step. Then, in just a few minutes you’ll have a simple and easy lion drawing!

Before we begin the How To Draw a Lion drawing lesson, here are some fun facts about lions you might find interesting, especially for kids.

  • Lions have tawny fur, muscular bodies, and powerful jaws adapted for hunting large prey on the African savanna.
  • Males grow thick manes around their heads and necks that are unique to each individual and play a role in attracting mates.
  • They live in prides led by dominant males and females that work together to hunt large animals like zebras, buffalo, and wildebeests.
  • Cubs are cared for by the pride lionesses and play fight to learn hunting skills they will need as adults.
  • Lions mark territories by scratching trees, roaring loudly, and leaving scents from facial glands to warn off intruders.
  • They can run at speeds over 50 km/h but also patiently stalk prey in tall grasses waiting to rush in for the kill.
  • Lions spend much of the day resting in the shade but become more active at night and at dawn/dusk when hunting.
  • Male lions leave their birth pride when mature and try to take over other prides by challenging resident males.
  • Their powerful jaws can bite with over 1000 pounds of force, enough to crack bone.
  • Despite their ferocious reputation, lions are known to play with each other like big housecats

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You can follow along with the video or use the simple drawing steps below the video as a guide!

How To Draw a Lion in 8 Easy Steps!

Step 1: Begin by drawing the lion’s nose

how to draw a lion

Step 2: Add the mane to the top of the head section. This will be a male Lion drawing.

how to draw a lion

Step 3: Add more to the Mane. You can get creative with how you want the mane flow.

how to draw a lion

Step 4: Now, finish the mane and add the top of the lion’s back.

how to draw a lion

Step 5: Draw the two right legs of the lion.

how to draw a lion

Step 6: Finish the lion’s body by drawing the under belly, draw the tail and some facial details.

how to draw a lion

Step 7: Add the second set of legs which will appear in the background.

how to draw a lion

Step 8: Finish the drawing by adding the tail and facial details to complete this drawing.

how to draw a lion

Well done, you’ve completed How To Draw A Lion! Your finished drawing of a lion should look similar to this one, below. Now you can get creative and add in detail to the lions face, mane and paws if you’d like!

how to draw a lion

Now that you’ve completed How To Draw a Lion, considering adding some shading or coloring to make your feline friend look realistic! Use the picture below as a guide to shade or color your Lion drawing.

how to draw a lion

Congratulations!

You did it! Congratulations on drawing a LION! Your first try may not have gone as smoothly as you had hoped, but I’m sure after another attempt or two you will see huge improvements. As it goes for most things, the best way to learn how to draw a lion is with practice.

Lions are the king of the jungle, how about trying to draw the king of the forest?! Learn how to draw a bear! Take a look here for another quick and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Bear

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