how to draw a lioness

How to Draw a Lioness

Step 1.

For the first step you will need to draw out the guides to create the body in a laying pose. Start with the head, then sketch out the muzzle. You will then draw the body outline like so followed by the hip.

Step 2.

Using the guides you just made, sketch out the shape of the head structure, then draw the ears, muzzle, nose shape and then along with the lining for the head be sure to include the tuft of hair along the jawline.

Step 3.

If you want a realistic look to your lioness you will need to sketch in the facial features in a detailed manner. Start with the eyes and then add the shading inside the eyes. Add the hair inside the ears, then sketch in the chin, and as you can see the chin has some long strands of hair. Sketch in the definition to the nose and whiskers, then add all the other definition lines on the face and head.

Step 4.

Now we can focus on the body starting with the shoulders and front legs. As you know lioness' have muscular toned bodies and they are also much leaner then lions which are their male counterparts. This is because they are the ones that hunt for food, and they are also the last ones to eat what they hunt since the lion is the first to munch on what they caught. The legs should be sketched out to look well defined but also relaxed. Sketch in the large paws and toes, then add the detailing throughout the body. Don't forget to add the relaxed claws.

Step 5.

Draw the back line and hump from behind the head, then sketch out the hip and some of the thigh. You will also draw the stomach as it lays on the ground along with her body.

Step 6.

For the last drawing step you will sketch out the back paw, tail and tree line behind where the lioness is laying. Add the rest of the detailing then proceed to erase the mistakes.

Step 7.

Here is the line art for your new lioness now that you are done with the drawing. All you need to do now is color in your artwork. I hope you enjoyed drawing this massive beautiful beast.

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Uploaded: June 26, 2017
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
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Updated: August 27, 2013
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Artist comments

Here is one of those lessons I was talking about when I said I had two lessons that I am proud of drawing. This is my take on "how to draw a lioness", step by step. I didn't want my lioness to be just sitting in an upright pose. Instead I wanted to draw her laying down relaxing in a brush as she gazes upon something moving in front of her. What is this something? Who knows. It could be her cubs at play, other lionesses doing something, or she could be getting ready to get up to go after a meal. I will leave that part to the imagination because I know there is so many things that this lioness could be doing. The drawing style is very clean and portioned. Even though it's colored in a cartoon look, I still wanted that realistic feel to be part of the image and line art. I think you will be happy with this lesson on drawing a lioness. Stick around because I do have more on the way. Peace out.