How to Draw Fighting Lions, Draw Fighting Animals

Artist: Dawn / July 29, 2012

Step 1.

So typically, there's just so many ways to draw fighting big cats, specifically lions. In this tip, I show you two common attacks. It's extremely important that you watch various lion fighting videos or observe references of two enraged big cats. 1.)   

Step 2.

Now, it's important that you know the focal points of paws, since they are the main weapons of battle for lions. Typically, the two middle paw toes are the largest toes on the entire paw. The claws will be similar in size though. Another thing is tha   

Step 3.

Here's differences between two types of paws. As you can see, a relaxed paw has a softness to it (appearing relaxed and calm), and it doesn't have the exaggerated detailing as the tense paw. This is because, when in stressful situations, 'stress' wil   

Step 4.

If you're a big TLK fan, and you adore the style, this should show you a few pointers on drawing LK styled lions in battling positions. As I recall watching the battle between Simba and Scar, Zira and Nala, I've noticed a few things about the style t   

Step 5.

So this step is basically going to show you when drawing the inner detailing for the mane, legs, torso, etc, that you should use 'thin line weights' for those smaller details. Keep the outer lines more prominently thick than the lines that detail mos   

Step 6.

We must first begin by drawing the two body shapes of the dueling lions. Notice the flow of the lion to the right, and how much of fluent curve it has. The lion to the left has a scrunched and humped curve. With that being said, these curves are basi   

Step 7.

Let's start drawing the heads, I would prefer from working left to right, but if you're right handed, go to right to left. Keep the faces in equal sizes to signify that the lions are two adult males and not an adolescent and an adult (which would als   

Step 8.

Then, we'll start drawing the manes. I would suggest to draw the beginning starting point of the mane (which is at the forehead) and then work your way to the ending point (underneath the jaw). Take your time, and try not to stress yourself out too m   

Step 9.

Next, start sketching in the important details of the face, keeping the proportions in check. Again, take your time. Don't forget to use light, thin lines for the inner detailing!

Step 10.

We'll go ahead and take a breath before we start drawing the body of the lion to the left. Take your time, because I know this looks pretty complex so far. Start by drawing the curve that lines the stomach, and then quickly sketch the humped curve fo   

Step 11.

Using our guidelines, we'll start sketching the right lion and use quick strokes to jot down the form. I find it much easier to quickly sketch lines to form my figures. Work your way from upwards to downward, so things will look proportionate when yo   

Step 12.

Finish by signifying the noticeable bodily features like indication of ribs, leg muscles, paws, etc. Use thin lines for these details as well!

Step 13.

Now that you're finished, you should have something similar to this (with inking and finishing touches of course!). I hope you guys enjoyed this lesson, I have 8 more others to go! Thanks so much for viewing, and stay tuned for more tutorials. I've g   

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: July 29, 2012
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Tags: how to draw lions, how to draw felines, how to draw big cats
Description: Hey guys, Dawn here with another helpful lesson aimed in your direction! I got really inspired and creative last night and decided to go ahead and sketch a ton load of fighting animals...lots of blood and violence was involved ;). Anyways, this new tutorial will give you tips and techniques on 'how to draw lions fighting', step by step. I loved working on the background, and would have spent more time on it if it weren't for the other 9 tuts I'm going to be submitting tonight. Hopefully you guys will enjoy, and let me know what you think of this tut or if it has taught you anything! For awesome references, checkout this site for lion references.