How To Draw A Lion: Step 9

How to Draw a Lion

Kids will enjoy learning how to draw a lion in today’s drawing lesson.

Expect 9 easy steps to follow, kids will enjoy creating their own lion on paper. Also included is a downloadable version of this lion drawing tutorial.

Ideal for art teachers and homeschoolers looking to teach kids how to draw a lion.

Art making is much more fun when you have a easy-to-understand lesson to follow. Let’s get drawing!


  • Pencil
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • How to Draw a Lion Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
How To Draw A Lion: All Steps

In this tutorial, we are going to discover how to draw a lion with basic drawing tools. Pay attention to the various sizes and shapes within the artwork of the lion. The lines in each step is drawn blue so you can identify the most recent components that you should be creating.

Time Needed: 30 minutes

  1. Draw The Face

    How To Draw A Lion: Step 1

    First, draw two shaded ovals for the eyes. Next, form an oval for the nose. Now, create rounded shapes connected to the nose to form the upper mouth. Add dots on the face as shown. Then draw a line curving upwards to form the bottom part of the mouth.

  2. Outline The Head

    How To Draw A Lion: Step 2

    Outline the shape of the lion’s head.

  3. Add The Ears

    How To Draw A Lion: Step 3

    To add the ears, draw two semi-circles on each side of the lion’s head. Draw smaller semi-circles inside the former to create the inner ears.

  4. Form The Mane

    How To Draw A Lion: Step 4

    Form the pointy shape of the lion’s mane as shown.

  5. Outline The Body

    How To Draw A Lion: Step 5

    Draw a curvy shape to form the lion’s body.

  6. Attach The Tail

    How To Draw A Lion: Step 6

    First, draw a thin wavy shape. Next, draw the tip of the lion’s tail as shown.

  7. Add The Legs

    How To Draw A Lion: Step 7

    Form the legs attached to the bottom lion’s body as shown in the illustration. Don’t forget to draw curving lines at the bottom of each leg to form the lion’s paws.

  8. Draw The Underbelly

    How To Draw A Lion: Step 8

    Create a wavy line connecting from the foreleg to the hind leg to draw the underbelly.

  9. Complete The Lion Drawing

    How To Draw A Lion: Step 9

    Let’s complete the drawing of the lion by first coloring the mane, nose, and the tip of the tail with a dark brown crayon. Next, shade the mouth, underbelly and inner parts of the ears with a light orange crayon. Finally, color the rest of the lion with an orange crayon.

How to Draw a Lion PDF Download

Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for How to Draw a Lion. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!

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