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Uploaded: February 5, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: February 5, 2009
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Almost everyone is into or interested in Japanese mythology in some way. I know that I am fascinated with creatures from Japanese and Greek mythology and because of that I would like to do another lesson on how to draw a Fire Kirin step by step. Now I already submitted a lesson on a Japanese Kirin but the picture is kind of ugly and boring which is why it probably never got voted on. I was going to replace the old tutorial with this new one, but then no one would have known it was there because the lesson wouldn’t show up as new just “updated”. So what I will do is just talk a bit more about the Japanese Kirin (although I don’t know what more I can say because I wrote like a five hundred word description on it already). There are many descriptions and tales about the Kirin and all of the myths are extremely interesting. The Kirin is sometimes referred to as the “Qilin” as well and is sometimes spelled as “Kylin”. But most people know of this mythical animal as being spelled as Kirin including myself. I wanted to draw a very cool looking Kirin so what I did was, take the colors and style of the diamond crested Phoenix and combined them with that of a typical Kirin. So now that I have said something interesting about this fabled animal, let’s now start learning how to draw a Fire Kirin step by step. There is a lot of steps but each one is very informative and easy to follow so you should have little difficulty when sketching it out. I shall return once again with two more lessons so like always stay tuned until I get back. Peace out people.

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How to Draw a Fire Kirin

how to draw a fire kirin step 1

STEP 1.

Okay, as you see this is probably the most difficult lesson that is being submitted today. You will start this step by drawing out the shapes and guidelines to form a frame for the Kirin’s body and pose. Start with a small circle for the head and then add an egg shape for the body. Once that is done you can draw the limb lines as you see them here. What you are looking at is the two hind legs, a tail line, and then the front leg.
 
how to draw a fire kirin step 2

STEP 2.

Now since you are going to start drawing or sketching out the hair of the Kirin, I have included an extra step for you all so that you will get a good idea on how to start your wavy locks. As the tip says, the key to making flowing hair is choosing a direction of flow that you want the hair to fall in.
 
how to draw a fire kirin step 3

STEP 3.

Now in this third step you will start sketching out the shape of the Kirin’s face which is also like a horse. Once you have drawn out the nose of the beast you will add an eye shape and then an ear as well. You will then sketch out the hair or mane of the Kirin as shown to you here. This is when you can decide how and what direction of the hair you want it to flow in. After that is done you can start drawing out the big puffy looking tail and then the beginning shaping of the hind and front legs.
 
how to draw a fire kirin step 4

STEP 4.

Wow, she/he is coming along nicely isn't it? I know let's keep going shall we? Once you have step three accomplished you will add a bit more detail to the face or muzzle by adding a dot for the nostril hole and then a vein line. Draw out the front lining of the neck and then continue to sketch out the hair lines as they are curly and long. Curl up the tips of the Kirin's tail as you see it here and then draw out the shape of the hind legs.
 
how to draw a fire kirin step 5

STEP 5.

This Fire Kirin is coming along nicely as you can see. What you will start doing here is start sketching out the facial fire design and then draw out the shape of the eye as well as coloring it in. You will then draw out or sketch more hair curl lines as well as detail and define the tail skin.
 
how to draw a fire kirin step 6

STEP 6.

Well you have finally made it to your last drawing step and all you have to do now is add the remaining detailing hair lines as you see it here. Please take your time when adding the curly mane because you are going for a flowing fiery look as well as bold and beautiful. Erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
how to draw a fire kirin step 7

STEP 7.

Now that your Kirin is done, you should have ended up with a sketch that looks something like the one you see here. All you have to do now is color it in and then you have just learned how to draw a fire Kirin step by step.