How to Draw a Lion

LionI saw this basic idea for drawing a lion in an Ed Emberley book. I think his books have been around for awhile, but the step-by-step drawing ideas are timeless.

1. I used a letter-size paper and coffee cup to trace the overlapping circles as shown in diagram one.
2. A third circle is centered below the first two. All of the circles need to overlap to create the middle triangle-like shape that will become the nose.
3. The middle black shape is filled in with black marker, and two eyes and two teeth are added.
4. Two ears are attached to the top circles and then whiskers that are coming out from the shapes next to the nose.
5. Lastly, a mane is drawn around the lion. I used a black Sharpie to trace and color my drawing, and then my new favorite Crayola Twistables Slick Stix to color in. I found mine at Michael’s, but you can also get them online here. I really hope stores continue to stock these as they are perfect for getting an oil pastel look without all the mess.
CA Art Standard: Creative Expression 2.0, Kindergarten
2.6 Use geometric shapes/forms (circle, triangle, square) in a work of art.

5 Responses

  1. michele

    I am going to try this with my niece who likes to draw. Looks easy enough even for me.

  2. I’m so excited! We are about to do this project during school today. Once again, I am so thrilled with your site. I just recommended it to my entire moms group – whom most of which are homeschoolers. Thank you again!


  3. Kathy Barbro

    Thanks Laurie and Sun-Kissed! So glad to hear that you like the project and the Slick Stix too. I really think they should be in everyone’s art drawer, and that’s just my unendorsed opinion.

  4. WOW! So great and easy for my younger children! Thank you!

  5. Laurie

    First, I want to thank you a thousand times over for ArtProjectsForKids. I am a first grade teacher, and my students’ only art teacher. Oh, and I’m NOT an art teacher :) So, imagine my relief when I chanced upon your blog! I feel empowered by what you’re putting on here, and I truly appreciate it.

    Also, wanted to let you know that I love love love the Slick Stix. I found them at Target tonight and used them right away, on the back of the receipt! They are so slippery; it’s a totally different sensory experience than crayons and I’m definitely going to let my students have a try at them.

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