Lion Sketches Lesson

This is the second lion sketches page where I draw an adult male.

This lion is a resident of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park a fairly new and exciting project where I have already spent many hours completing sketches of animals.

His name is Adel and he was rescued from a miserable life in a Romanian zoo along with 12 others, after an appeal raised £150,000 to bring them to the UK. Adel lived in cramped conditions in a ghastly cage a few square metres in size. He had never actually trod on grass before being rescued. Now he has space, the right food and the best medical care available.

He is a wonderful animal and I look forward to many years of visiting him and his family.

1. I start with eye, nose and mouth lines. I often start drawings of cats this way rather than with the head especially with big cats. I sketch the limits of his mane and indicate where his face will be visible from underneath all that hair.

2. A curve for his body.

3. I sketch his legs. I've emphasized the bulk of his forelegs which are truly massive.

4. I draw the facial features. The lines are very helpful here.

5. A little more detail on the face.

6. I define the foreleg a little more including the paw but I don't want to do too much. The lion sketch is meant to look spontaneous although in truth I spent a good deal of time observing him.

7. I use line to add the appearance of tone.

8. I draw in the back leg and stomach keeping to the same loose style.

9. I add to the mane.

10. I add more line to the lion as a whole. Note the shaded area at the back of the leg. The stomach and leg also needed some extra weight. I defined the snout. Then pretty much all I had to do was add more lines to the mane particularly at the top.

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If you haven't seen it already visit my other lion drawings tutorial

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