Step 20: Darken the shape to the left of the lion's tail to create the hind foot. Make the shape thinner than the guide. Add a couple of lines at the tip for the toes. Draw a few strokes on the right side to complete the shape of the foot. Darken the curved line at the top to finish the shape of the lion's hind leg.
Step 21: To the left of the foot, draw a long, thin shape for the visible part of the other hind foot peeking from behind. This foot is on its side, so at the tip, draw a series of short, curved lines for the lion's pads.
Step 22: Darken the top part of the initial big arc to finish the shape of the lion's body. Make the top, left side a bit angled to give the hip some structure.
Step 23: Carefully go over the final sketch lines with a pen, marker or any other type of permanent ink. Don't push down too hard with your pen. Ink lightly for less pronounced lines. After inking your lion drawing, get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser for a cleaner drawing.
Final Step: Color your lion drawing! Use yellow as a base color for the body. Color lightly at first. Then add yellow-orange on top of the yellow and mix the two colors. The whole process of coloring basically involves lightly adding similar colors together to achieve a result you like.
Use brown for the lion's nose, the eyes, the outer section of the mane, the tip of the tail and elbow tuft. Color those sections lightly at first too and gradually add darker colors. Use a mix of lighter colors like yellow, yellow-orange and orange for the inner section of the lion's mane. This way of coloring is a very time-consuming process, so be patient and take breaks. For a simpler drawing, simply use a single color, like yellow for the lion's body and dark brown for the mane.
Use dark brown for the shadows inside the lion's ears and for shading on the face to give it structure. Continue to slowly add similar colors on top of each other until your happy with the result. Use strokes that go in the overall direction of the hair strands when you color the mane. Use dark brown along the bottom of the body to create shadows. Use a mixture of gray, brown and a bit of purple to create a cast shadow under the lion's body.
Some lions have very dark manes, so you can add more dark brown and black if you'd like. If you want your lion to have a lighter mane, skip this part and use a blend of yellow, light brown and orange instead. You can break up the coloring process by coloring different sections at a time. Do the lion's mane first, and then come back later and do the body and so on. It's always a good idea to use reference for a more accurate drawing. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.
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