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A Step-By-Step Guide On Drawing A Lion For Kids


Preschool drawing projects are an excellent way for kids to learn about new subjects. Drawing a lion with your child not only provides an opportunity to explore their artistic skills but also offers a chance to engage in a conversation about the lion’s power and why it is considered the king of the jungle. In this post, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to draw a lion specifically designed for kids. So let’s get started!

Things You Need to Draw a Lion

Before we begin, let’s gather all the necessary materials to draw a lion. You will need:

  • Pencil
  • Black sketch pen
  • Compass to draw a circle
  • A4 size paper
  • Orange, yellow, and black crayons

You may also use charcoal pencils to capture the lion’s bold features.

How to Draw a Lion

Method 1: How to Draw a Lion in 13 Simple Steps

Step 1:

Using a compass, draw a circle with a circumference of five centimeters. Inside this circle, draw a smaller circle, leaving a one-centimeter gap between them. The smaller circle will represent the lion’s head.

Step 2:

Along the outer circumference of the larger circle, draw frills to create the lion’s mane. Once the frills are drawn, erase the outer circle.

Step 3:

Draw an oval-shaped circle just above the base of the inner circle. This oval circle will be the lion’s body, so make sure it is proportional to the head.

Step 4:

At the base of the oval circle, draw two small circles that intersect the oval shape.

Step 5:

Draw two lines inside the oval circle, just above the smaller circles. Refer to the image for guidance.

Step 6:

Erase the oval circle, leaving the outlined body with a head.

Step 7:

Now we are ready to draw the intricate details of the lion’s body. Take a deep breath and let’s continue.

Step 8:

To draw the lion’s legs and paws, draw a “J” on the left and an “L” on the right. Add two arcs to form the toes on both feet.

Step 9:

For the lion’s tail, draw two parallel lines pointing upward on the right side. Complete the tail by drawing a leaf-like shape at the end of these lines.

Step 10:

Now it’s time to add features like the eyes and nose.

  • Draw two small circles at an equal distance on the lion’s head. These will be the lion’s eyes.
  • Inside the eyes, draw smaller oval circles as pupils. Add small circles on the top left-hand side of the pupils to represent the white part of the eyes.
  • Color the pupils black while leaving the smaller circles white.
  • To form the nose, draw a wide ‘V’ shape below the lion’s eyes. Connect the ends of the ‘V’ shape with an arc. Color the nose black.

Step 11:

Draw the lion’s mouth by creating a curved line below the nose. Add a semi-circle beneath this line to represent the lion’s tongue. Draw two whiskers on both sides of the mouth.

Step 12:

Color the lion’s tongue black and outline the rest of the body with a black sketch pen.

Step 13:

Color the lion’s body and face yellow. Use brown to color the mane and the end of the tail.

Your child will be delighted to see the lion taking shape before their eyes. Encourage them to practice as many times as they want! They can proudly display their masterpiece in their room or on the fridge to showcase their achievement to family and friends.

Method 2: How to Draw a Lion in 10 Simple Steps

Step 1:

Start by drawing a “U” shape with a slightly wider bottom on the paper.

Step 2:

Connect the ends of the “U” shape with a wavy line. In the middle of the “U” shape, draw an inverted triangle to represent the lion’s nose.

Step 3:

Draw two curved lines on the forehead, starting from the sides of the nose. Below the nose, draw a wide, curvy “W” shape for the lion’s mouth, with the middle line touching the nose.

Step 4:

Place three dots on both sides of the mouth. For the lion’s eyes, draw two circles below the curved lines. Inside the eyes, draw two small circles. Color the entire eyes black, except for the smaller circles.

Step 5:

To create a full and dark lion’s mane, draw a chain of semi-circles around the head.

Step 6:

Inside the mane, draw ears on either side of the head. Then draw two curved lines below the head to form the lion’s body.

Step 7:

Draw a “J” on the left side and an “L” on the right side within the body. These will represent the lion’s legs. Add arcs to form the toes, as shown in the image.

Step 8:

Give the lion its back legs by drawing an arc on either side of the body.

Step 9:

Extend the back legs by adding toes. Complete the drawing by adding a tail, as shown in the image.

Step 10:

Outline your drawing with a black sketch pen. Color the mane and the end of the tail brown. Color the body, face, and legs yellow. Use pink to color the inner ears and nose.

The creative potential is boundless, so don’t stop at just drawing a lion. Explore sketching a lioness, the true pride of the jungle. Let your imagination run wild as you capture the grace and strength of this majestic creature on paper.


Drawing a lion can be a fun and educational activity for kids. By following these step-by-step guides, your child will not only discover their artistic abilities but also learn about the lion’s characteristics. Encourage them to practice and create their own masterpiece. Hang their artwork in their room or on the fridge, allowing them to appreciate and showcase their talent to family and friends. So grab your art supplies, unleash your creativity, and let’s draw a lion together!

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Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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