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How to Draw a Baby Lion

Updated on April 7, 2017

Drawing a baby lion is a stimulating project that allowed me to create art for the walls of my home. My favorite medium for art projects these days are colored pencils, which are easy to clean up. Unlike with oil paints, I do not have to wash out any brushes, and colored pencils are inexpensive to purchase in sets that come with a large variety of colors. I have a fondness for African animals, so I envisioned a sweet little lion cub sitting next to his mommy, which was the inspiration for this most recent illustration. Drawing a picture of adorable African animals is a way to travel if you cannot afford a safari, or if you just want to create something adorable to look at.

My drawing of a lion cub sitting beside his mom.
My drawing of a lion cub sitting beside his mom. | Source

Baby lions are cute and sweet to draw, so I decided to draw one sitting next to his mom.

The sketch of the baby lion.
The sketch of the baby lion. | Source

The first step in creating my baby lion drawing was to sketch a picture of him on a 4 x 6 inch sheet of drawing paper, which I cut down to this size with scissors and a ruler.

Coloring in the baby lion with yellow and tan colored pencils
Coloring in the baby lion with yellow and tan colored pencils | Source

I used yellow and tan colored pencils to begin shading in the baby lion sitting next to his mother.

Coloring in the body of the lion.
Coloring in the body of the lion. | Source

I continued to color in the body of the baby lion with a yellow colored pencil, and I added orange and tan tones as well.

I have finished coloring in the baby lion.
I have finished coloring in the baby lion. | Source

During this phase of the drawing I have finished coloring in the cute little baby lion sitting next to his mom. I decided to only include part of her body in this drawing because I want to focus to be on her cub.

Shading in the shadow next to the baby lion.
Shading in the shadow next to the baby lion. | Source

After I colored in the lion cub and his mother, I used a sepia pencil to create the shadows next to where they are sitting. I shaded the dirt in more lightly where the shadows are not as noticeable.

Adding the lighter sepia tones on the lighter areas of the ground.
Adding the lighter sepia tones on the lighter areas of the ground. | Source

In this phase of the drawing I am shaded in the lighter sepia tones of the dirt. I also used a tan colored pencil to color in the brush surrounding the baby lion and his mommy.

I have finished coloring in the baby lion.
I have finished coloring in the baby lion. | Source

Here is the completed drawing with the baby lion. It is a 4 by 6 inch colored pencil drawing, and was fun to create.

The framed lion drawing is now hanging on the wall.
The framed lion drawing is now hanging on the wall. | Source

Finding a nice frame for displaying your artwork is very important. I like to find a frame that matches the colors of my drawing, and I usually purchase a gently used frame from the second hand store. The picture frame from above cost me about a dollar when I went to the thrift store to look for frames a few months ago. So if you want to hang some of your own artwork on the walls of your home, then grab a pencil and start sketching! I am wanting to make another trip to the LA zoo in the near future so I can be inspired to draw more lions and their babies.

Above is my video of the drawing I created of my baby lion that is now framed.

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      Eileen Kersey 4 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Nice job

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      SweetbeariesArt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you, Ethel!

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