How to Draw a Lioness Head Face Portrait

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw the head detail of a Lioness step-by-step.

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To draw this Lioness portrait step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.

The 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.

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Step 1: Draw a big circle as a guide for the lioness' head. First make four marks to determine the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. Space out the marks. The farther apart the marks are, the bigger the circle will be. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a circular object like a bowl or a lid. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.

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Step 2: Draw a long, horizontal line across the circle as a guide to help you place the lioness' facial features later. Draw this line slightly higher than the middle and curve it so that it contours to the circle. Add a shorter, curved, vertical line on the top, left for another construction guide.

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Step 3: Draw a small circle on top of the horizontal line and to the left of the vertical line as a guide for the first eye. To the right of the vertical line, draw another small circle as a guide for the lion's other eye. Use the lines as guides to determine the size and placement of the eyes in relation to the big cat's head.

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Step 4: Draw another circle below the horizontal line as a guide for the muzzle. Use the four-marks method again to draw this circle. Place the left and bottom marks outside of the head. Connect the marks using curved lines to form the circle. The lower, left side should stick out of the head. Pay attention to the size of this circle in relation to the lion's head. Sketch lightly at first to get the size right.

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Step 5: Inside the muzzle, draw a small triangle as a guide for the lioness' nose. Draw the triangle on the left side of the muzzle so that it overlaps the edge of the big circle.

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