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How to draw a lion

How to Draw a Lion Step by Step (Drawing Guide)

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Teaching a kid how to draw a lion involves observing and evaluating their progress, as well as guiding them in finding new exploration methods. Besides being patient with kids, they need to be provided with the necessary space, tools, time, and encouragement, especially for kids aged 5 and below.

As they grow from 5 years and beyond, they now can be taught new skills, such as practicing different perspectives, drawing proportions correctly, and drawing from their observation. Therefore, they can learn to draw certain complex figures, such as animals. This article provides a step-by-step guide on how a kid can draw a lion, as discussed in the following section.

How to Draw a Lion

Below is a tutorial in step-by-step How to Draw a Lion guide. Discussing the 9 easy steps a kid can use to draw a lion. These steps have been simplified to enable the kid to draw a lion with minimum errors, and they can be used by beginners, as well as children with some little experience.

Before the kids start the drawing process, certain tools and materials need to be available. These items include a printable guide on how to draw a lion, a marker or pencil, whichever the kid finds comfortable working with, paper, and coloring supplies. If you are working with your kid, ensure all the needed items are within their reach and in good condition to minimize the incidences where a child has to move around looking for a certain item. This helps ensure that they direct all their attention to one task, drawing.

Step 1

The first step involves drawing the lion’s head, and it is perhaps the simplest step in drawing a lion. Using a pencil or a marker, the kid is to draw a curved U-shaped line on the paper. The U-shaped line should have a slightly wider bottom, where the kid will indicate the mouth and nostrils of the lion.

Step 2

In the second step, the kid should connect the two ends of the U-shaped line using a wavy line. The wavy line should be drawn in a way that the middle part rises like a crest, flanked by two toughs, one on either side of the crest. In addition, the kid should draw an inverted triangle shape with curved ages to indicate the lion’s nose.

Step 3

The third step involves drawing two sets of curved lines, all of them beginning from the triangle shape. The first pair of lines should be drawn from the upper part of the triangle, rising and curving to face outwards in the direction of the lion’s ears. On the other hand, the second pair of lines should be drawn from the lower part of the triangle, dropping then curving to point upwards.

Step 4

The kid has to indicate the eyes of the lion, which should be placed adjacent and to the outside of the two, curved lines above the nose. Also, the kid can put some dots in the area below the nose of the lion. If the kid is drawing using a pencil, the eyes and the dots under the nose can be indicated using a marker. However, they are drawing using a marker, they can use a different color for the eyes and the dots.

Step 5

The fifth step involves the kid drawing the lion’s mane. Here, they will draw a wavy line all around the head of the lion. They can draw the line using a different color to give the drawing an appealing appearance.

Step 6

The next thing to draw is the lion’s ears. The kid has to use D-shaped drawings to indicate the ears inside the mane, on either side of the head. In addition, when it comes to drawing the rest of the body, two inward curving lines should be drawn from the lower part of the mane, going downward.

Step 7

This step involves the kid drawing the front legs of the lion. The two curved lines dropping down from the mane should each be completed in a way that they form the lion’s paws. The paws can be drawn using wavy lines, and this can be done using a marker with a different color.

Step 8

The hind legs are drawn in the eighth step, by drawing two curved lines rising from the outer side of each front leg. The two lines are then curved to point downwards and dropped, but they should not reach the point where the lion’s paws have been drawn. Also, a different marker with a different color can be used for this purpose, or be left to appear as the front legs.

Step 9

In this step, the kid has to finish up the drawing process by indicating the lion’s tail and feet. For the tail, two closely-running lines are drawn from one of the hind legs rising upwards, and their ends joined to form a shape of a candle flame. Then, the hind feet are drawn using wavy lines.

Step 10

This can be the most exciting step for a kid in drawing a lion. The kid can now color their drawing in different colors. If you are working with your kid, you can guide them in using crayons of a different color to add beauty to their lion drawing. When that has been done, the kid can keep their drawing.

Congratulations! You have completed How to Draw a Lion tutorial.

Final Thoughts

Drawing is a fun, exciting, and enjoyable activity. Children can learn and enjoy drawing very fast when they get the necessary support and encouragement. Teaching kids how to draw may not require your active participation, as you may be easily frustrated at the mistakes they do in the process. You need to be more of an observer, only coming in to offer encouragement. Moreover, you can help improve the kid’s drawing skills by encouraging them to practice regularly, as well as giving them challenges to draw the things they see around them.

This is aimed at helping the kid make drawing a part of their daily practices, which has a great impact on the quality of their works, as well as their confidence in drawing almost everything. The kids also grow up with a positive attitude towards art and nature.

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