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Uploaded: February 23, 2012
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 15
Updated: February 24, 2012
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I know how much you all like cute animals so I decided to create a lion cub tutorial this time! It's so easy to forget that these guys grow into ferocious beasts; they're just so adorable! Get your drawing supplies and have at it!

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how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs

How to Draw a Lion Cub, Lion Cubs

how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 1

STEP 1.

Start out by picking your pencils. I used an F pencil for sketching/lines, a 3H pencil for light shading/lines, and a 3B pencil for dark shading/lines. The pencils indicated in orange are optional. I used them mainly to add finishing touches.
 
how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 2

STEP 2.

Start out with a basic sketch. Use guidelines if you need them. Either F or 3B will work for shading.
 
how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 3

STEP 3.

Your sketch should look something like this. I went over my lines with a blending stump and an eraser to clean up my sketch.
 
how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 4

STEP 4.

Start defining you sketch some more starting at around the eyes. Lightly erase the thicker lines and replace them with more detailed lines. I used an F pencil for these steps.
 
how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 5

STEP 5.

Further define the top half of the head. Make sure to give the fur direction. Don't just scribble lines in.
 
how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 6

STEP 6.

Now sketch in the rest of the head.
 
how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 7

STEP 7.

Finally, roughly sketch in the body fur.
 
how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 8

STEP 8.

Roughly shade in the corners of the drawing using a 3B pencil. You can also use a 6B pencil to help you produce darker values. Then use a paper towel/blending stump to smooth out your shading.
 
how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 9

STEP 9.

Start adding details to and around the eyes. Use a 3B pencil for your darkest values, and F pencil for average values, and a 3H pencil for the lightest values. I found 3H and F pencils to work very well when drawing in the fur.
 
how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 10

STEP 10.

Now go ahead and define the cub's forehead. You can start out by using a blending stump to give you a smooth first layer. You can then draw in the fur using 3H and F pencils.
 
how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 11

STEP 11.

Now draw in the ears one at a time using the same pencils. You can also use a 3B pencil for the darker values in the ears.
 
how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 12

STEP 12.

Next up shade in the nose and the "cheeks." I went ahead and erased the basic idea forms of the whiskers during this step.
 
how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 13

STEP 13.

Now shade in the mouth and chin. Use 3B and F pencils for the dark shading and 3H for the fur. After that start defining the whiskers using a 3H pencil.
 
how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 14

STEP 14.

Further define the rest of the whiskers as well as the body fur. You could call the drawing done here but I decided to go one step further.
 
how to draw a lion cub, lion cubs step 15

STEP 15.

This is the drawing after adding some more details. I used a 7H pencil to go over some of my light fur again. This just adds a bit more realism to the drawing. I used a 4H pencil to go over some of the darker fur. a 6B pencil was used to darken my shading a bit. And that's about it! I hope you all enjoy this tutorial. Let me know if you have any questions/comments!