How to Draw a Lion Cub


Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Lion Cub" video after each step to draw at your own pace.


Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:


Written step-by-step video tutorial:


For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.


Draw Lion Cub 1

Step 1: Draw two circles as guides for the first part of the lion cub's body. First draw four small marks for the height and width of the circle, then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. But the circles don't have to be perfect. They're just guides. If you do want a perfect circle, trace the outer rim of a coin, a bottle cap or any other object with a circular edge.

The circle on the right should be a bit bigger than the one on the right. Leave enough room on the sides for the lion cub's head, tail and limbs. Don't draw the circles too far apart, otherwise your cub will end up too long.


Draw Lion Cub 2

Step 2: Draw another circle on the top left side as a guide for the lion cub's head. This circle should be a tiny bit smaller than the other circles. Pay attention to the placement of this circle in relation to the first one. Their edges should touch.


Draw Lion Cub 3

Step 3: Draw a curved horizontal line across the head. This is a construction line that will help you place the lion cub's facial features later. Add a curved vertical line on the top left side of the head for another construction line.


Draw Lion Cub 4

Step 4: Draw a small circle on the lower left side of the head as a guide for lion cub's muzzle. The top edge of this circle should touch the construction line, and the bottom edge should be outside of the head.


Draw Lion Cub 5

Step 5: Draw two small arcs on top of the head as guides for the ears. Lion cubs have pretty big ears in relation to their heads, so don't draw the arcs too small.

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