draw.tv - draw live dragoart mobile
NormalCompactSlideShowDraw Sheet
Details
Uploaded: February 21, 2013
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 21
Updated: February 22, 2013
P.O.V: Front
Favourited: 19 times
Interact
Artist comments

Here's a tutorial on how to sketch a lion using charcoal. If you've never used charcoal before then I hope this tutorial shows you some of the medium's possibilities and gets you to at least give it a shot!

Tags
how to sketch a lion

How to Sketch a Lion

how to sketch a lion step 1

STEP 1.

For this tutorial I used white charcoal for highlights, HB charcoal for sketching and general shading, and 4B charcoal for dark shading. It helps if you have charcoal sticks as well as pencils. I also used paper towel and a blending stump for blending and some soft willow charcoal for rough shading early on in the sketching process.
 
how to sketch a lion step 2

STEP 2.

These first sketches are fairly basic. I started off by sketching basic shapes using an HB charcoal pencil. I then started lightly adding features to the shapes.
 
how to sketch a lion step 3

STEP 3.

I used the same HB pencil on these steps to add bolder, thicker lines to my lions. Making the outlines thick will make the sketches stand out a bit more.
 
how to sketch a lion step 4

STEP 4.

Next I lightly rubbed a bit of soft willow charcoal onto the drawing then blended it in using some paper towel. If you don't have willow charcoal then get a paper towel and load some 4B or HB charcoal onto it then lightly rub it over your drawing. I finished off my sketches by adding some basic highlights with a white charcoal pencil. You can go back over your dark lines and clean your sketch up if you want to.
 
how to sketch a lion step 5

STEP 5.

Time for the big sketch! I started off with an HB charcoal pencil again and lightly sketched in some shapes. Remember that these guidelines aren't set in stone, they are just here to help you get started. Modify your sketch as you go along if anything doesn't look right.
 
how to sketch a lion step 6

STEP 6.

Next, sketch in the basic features. Go ahead and develop the hairline and face outline as well.
 
how to sketch a lion step 7

STEP 7.

Develop the facial features a bit more with darker lines. Sketch in the basic shapes for the mane and body.
 
how to sketch a lion step 8

STEP 8.

Roughly sketch in the mane and body. add some lines to indicate the flow of the fur as well.
 
how to sketch a lion step 9

STEP 9.

For this step I roughly shaded in the drawing using soft willow charcoal. Again, if you don't have soft charcoal you can use 4B or 6B charcoal just shade very lightly.
 
how to sketch a lion step 10

STEP 10.

Smooth out your shading using a cloth or some paper towel. You shouldn't have to worry too much about losing your outlines here.
 
how to sketch a lion step 11

STEP 11.

Start adding rough shading using 4B charcoal. I decided to go from top to bottom, concentrating first on the lion's face.
 
how to sketch a lion step 12

STEP 12.

Finish adding rough shading to the rest of the face. There's no point in getting too detailed yet, just concentrate on developing some shading.
 
how to sketch a lion step 13

STEP 13.

Here I used my white charcoal to add some highlights as well as blend in my shading a bit. Work from top to bottom again.
 
how to sketch a lion step 14

STEP 14.

Finish up adding highlights to the rest of the face. I held back on adding whiskers for now. It's much better if you add whiskers after you've shaded in the mane.
 
how to sketch a lion step 15

STEP 15.

Using a 4B stick of charcoal I lightly and roughly shaded in the first layer of mane hair. Try not to make your shading too dark.
 
how to sketch a lion step 16

STEP 16.

I blended in the mane here with a blending stump. If you don't have a blending stump the next best thing to use would be your index finger. Just make sure that your fingers are dry when using them for shading.
 
how to sketch a lion step 17

STEP 17.

Working from top to bottom again start adding highlights to the mane. You should only need white charcoal for the mane since the previous dark shading provides the darker values of the mane.
 
how to sketch a lion step 18

STEP 18.

Finish sketching in you mane. Add in the whiskers and some stray hairs as well.
 
how to sketch a lion step 19

STEP 19.

Using a stick of 4B charcoal I went ahead and roughly shaded in the rest of the drawing. add darker values to add contrast to the drawing.
 
how to sketch a lion step 20

STEP 20.

Blend in your shading using a blending stump/a finger.
 
how to sketch a lion step 21

STEP 21.

I finished up the sketch my adding some highlights with white charcoal and smoothing my shading a bit with a blending stump. I also used an HB charcoal pencil to balance out the shading on the lion's face a bit. You can get as detailed as you want to with this sketch but this is as far as I wanted to take it. Again, if you've never tried charcoal I suggest you should! If you have questions/comments leave them below!