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Uploaded: March 13, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: December 31, 2011
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Okay this is the last cartoon character I plan on doing for a while because I don’t think you all just want cartoon characters to learn how to draw right? This is a tutorial on Mufasa from Disney’s 1994 full length feature animated film Lion King. I know most of you know who Mufasa is, but just incase you don’t I will let you in on the story line before I head straight for the tutorial. Okay the story goes like this; in a place called the Pride Lands there is a lion who is king over the whole African Plains, his name is Mufasa. Now, Mufasa and his wife give birth to an infant cub named Simba who is next in line to become king when his time comes. Mufasa is a character that has a lot of responsibilities by keeping the Pride Lands peaceful and balanced. Not only does he have to manage his duties over pride rock by keeping the hunting by his own pride under control and keeping other predators away from the animals that reside on the pride lands, he also has to show his son Simba how to be a wise, responsible adult and king when the time comes. The perfect description for Mufasa’s character would be, majestic, commanding, and wise. He is also very kind and has a big generous heart and very understanding. Mufasa also has to deal with his very spiteful, bitter brother Scar. Even though Scar didn’t show up for the Simba’s blessing ceremony, Mufasa understands that Scar is a loner that has other motives and ideas of his own. When the time came for the great lion king to save his son from getting trampled by a gigantic heard of stampeding wildebeest, Mufasa is left in the dust struggling to stay alive for his family and kingdom. He is able to get out of the stampede and jumps with the rest of his strength onto the mountain side where he weakly crawls up the side of the mountain. Relieved to see his brother Scar he asks for his help to pull him up. Never in a million years did Mufasa think his brother by blood would ruthlessly throw him off the mountain side and fall to his death. The fall is not what killed Mufasa; it was continuously being trampled by all those wildebeest in the gorge. Mufasa’s death leads to great pain for all those of the pride lands. Eventually Simba takes his place as king and Scar is destroyed by his comrades, the hyenas. This tutorial will show you in detail how to draw the majestic Mufasa from Lion King step by step. The tutorial includes informative instructions that are easy to read and understand. I hope you have with this tutorial and remember, we all play a part in the circle of life.

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How to Draw Mufasa from Lion King

how to draw mufasa from lion king step 1

STEP 1.

First things first. Draw a head, torso, and back end shape like so and connect the head and body with a neck line.
 
how to draw mufasa from lion king step 2

STEP 2.

Using the shapes you made in step one for Mufasa's head, start sketching out the outlined structure of his face. The face is sort of shaped like a heart at the top, and then it fans out on the sides for the formation of his mane in later steps. Draw the mouth line as well as the bottom jaw or chin.
 
how to draw mufasa from lion king step 3

STEP 3.

Using the facial guidelines you drew in step one, draw in Mufasa's face starting with the eyes. Draw the eyebrows, color in the pupils and then draw the snout as well as his nose. Make the marking lines around the muzzle and then add his whiskers. Mufasa should have a bold, serious expression on his face.
 
how to draw mufasa from lion king step 4

STEP 4.

Here is where you will start sketching out the large, puffy, well groomed mane. Start at the top and sketch in his parted mane. Draw the rest of the hair and notice how it is nice and wavy as well as form fitting. Incorporate the shoulder for his front leg before leaving this step.
 
how to draw mufasa from lion king step 5

STEP 5.

You are already almost done with drawing Mufasa. You will continue to draw the front legs as well as his massive paws. Mufasa is a large lion and he is very majestic. Make sure you take your time as you tackle this step.
 
how to draw mufasa from lion king step 6

STEP 6.

Continue to sketch out Mufasa's body by sketching the back end. This includes the back, rear, and hind legs. Be sure to sketch in the back paws as well. The next thing you need to do is draw the belly and marking line for the two toned color of his coat.
 
how to draw mufasa from lion king step 7

STEP 7.

Finish Mufasa off by giving him his tail, and then draw the tuft at the end of his long lion tale. Lastly, draw the other back leg and paw as well as the toes and marking on the inner part of the thigh. Clean up the drawing until you have a neat picture to color in.
 
how to draw mufasa from lion king step 8

STEP 8.

Here he is, the king of Pride Rock. You can color him in and be on your merry way. Great work guys and I hope you had fun.