Step 6: Draw a series of curved lines that connect the major shapes to form the rest of the lion's body. On the right side of the body, draw a curved line similar to a backward letter J as a guide for the tail.
Step 7: Draw four lines under the body as guides for the lion's legs. Band the lines on the left a bit at the top for the joints and at the bottom for the feet. The legs should be far from each other to give the lion a wide, aggressive stance. Bend the lines for the lion's hind legs near the middle and at the bottom.
That's it for the initial sketch! From this point on, press harder with your pencil to get a more defined sketch.
Step 8: Lightly sketch the lion's eyes as small circles inside the head. Use the initial construction lines as guides for placement. When you get the placement right, darken the shape of each eye using a thicker line. Create the actual eyeball inside the eye as you darken the outside edges.
In the middle of each eye, draw a tiny dot for the lion's pupils. Shade the eyes except for a tiny circle on the sides to represent glare. As you shade, use a value that's lighter than the pupils. Add a few lines above and below the eyes for extra detail. Use quick, short strokes to represent the fur around the eyes.
Step 9: Draw the lion's nose by first lighly sketching a triangle. The nose should rest between the horizontal construction line and the bottom edge of the circle. When you get the placement right, darken the top of the nose using a wavy line. As you darken the sides of the nose, add two small slits for the nostrils. Draw two lines on top of the nose that lead to the eyes.