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Roar!

Learning how to draw a Lion can be tricky, but with our easy step by step guide, we can help perfect your drawing skills and you’ll be a roaring success in no time.

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You will need:

  • Something to draw with
  • Paper
  • A well practised ROARRRR

Let's get drawing

Step 1

Step 1

Roarrrr! Oh to be a joyful juggling lion. Let’s start with his head and draw something not very lion-like at all… a sort of wonky egg shape, longer than it is wide, a bit square at the top and a bit pointy at the bottom.

Step 2

Step 2

Now for the fiddly bit – deep breath and focus. A third of the way up to the right draw a small upside down triangle for its nose. Now imagine you’re drawing a thin moustache, curving all the way up to the left. Add a tongue that shows concentration, and two dashes up top for eyes and two small potato ears on each corner of its head. Now relax – one joyful face complete.

Step 3

Step 3

Now then, here’s a fun fact: Lions love nothing more than the wind blowing through their glorious manes. So, for our lion drawing, draw a fun feathery line in a giant hoop around its head.

Step 4

Step 4

This magnificent lion’s head needs a body! A short tree trunk stump should do it, but make the edges round (no corners please), ready to attach some legs.

Step 5

Step 5

Yeah baby, let’s get those dancin’ legs in. Tree trunk shapes again, but thinner and twice as long as its body. Angle them slightly away from each other, like a capital A, and push the left one slightly further out. The perfect lion stance!

Step 6

Step 6

Whoosh, here comes that fine tail. Rather like an elephant’s trunk (with a soft bushy tip) forming a lovely rounded W shape with the bottom of its body.

Step 7

Step 7

Now for the juggling balls. Draw one big dot right above the centre of its head, then two to the left and one to the right – equal distance away from each other. Oops, Lion’s dropped one, so draw one more giant dot by its right foot.

Step 8

Step 8

Something’s missing? Ahh, arms with giant paws. Don’t worry too much about fingers – a square hand with a little square thumb is fine, with another little potato shape in the middle for the pad. Ta dahhh – let the juggling show begin!

Time to add some colour

Time to add some colour

Just some final splashes of colour bring your Lion to life. And voila, you’ve learnt how to draw a Lion!

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