Step 25: Darken the outer edges of the guides in the middle to create the shape of the roaring lion's body. Add an extra line at the bottom for the bit of fur found there. Darken the curved line on the right for the lion's tail. Make the shape of the tail thicker using another curved line. At the tip, draw a few short strokes for the furry end.
Step 26: Go over the final sketch lines with a pen, marker or any other type of permanent ink. Take your time and be careful when you ink to avoid any accidents. After inking, get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser for a cleaner drawing.
Final Step: Color your roaring lion drawing! Use yellow or cream lightly for the base of the lion's body. Add yellow-orange, light brown and brown directly on top of each other to build up the color of the body. Add some color to the front of the lion's mane too. Use gray to dull down color that's too bright.
Add all the colors lightly and slowly build up the tones. Use a bit of orange on the roaring lion's body and mane. Use darker colors for part of the mane like red-orange and dark brown. Always add your colors lightly and slowly work your way up to darker tones. Use dark brown for the nose, the inside of the mouth and the tip of the lion's tail.
Continue to slowly and lightly blend colors that are yellowish in shade until you're happy with the result. Add a bit of dark brown and gray to create shadows on the lion's body and give the figure more dimension. Coloring can be very time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks.
Use gray to create a cast shadow under the body so that the lion doesn't appear to be floating.
It's a good idea to use reference as you draw for a more accurate depiction of a lion. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.
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