How to Draw Zira, Zira From the Lion King

Artist: Dawn / October 17, 2012
How to Draw Zira, Zira From the Lion King

Step 1.


Ok guys, I've been working on so many cartoon characters recently, so after watching Lion King 1 & 2, I've decided to delve into a deeper explanation on how this character, Zira, should be drawn. First, you must understand, that villainous character   

Step 2.


Here is three different facial expressions for Zira that I drew to use as an example to give you guys an idea on how her facial expressions intensify. The first head at the top, is her calm posture. Notice how her facials aren't that angular as much    

Step 3.


Like I've stated in the previous step, her face gets very expressive with each emotion she gets. Observe how the eyebrows vary in width, length, and density. The thicker the lines lining her pupil, the more relaxed she will appear. Notice in the cart   

Step 4.


Here is a four step lesson on drawing Zira from the side. Start with a circle for the head, then draw the box like shape for the snout of the lioness. Sketch in the neck guide, then sketch out the actual contouring of the snout for Zira. You will ske   

Step 5.


Now for the 3/4 view lesson. Draw out the shape of the head, then sketch out the facial guide.

Step 6.


Draw the bridge of the nose, then draw the sharp lined upper mouth line. Add the smile arch too.

Step 7.


Draw out the straight lined chin and shape of the jaw line. There should be some long chin hair, as well as some hair on the edging of the ears. Draw the tear in her ear like so, then move to step eight.

Step 8.


You are almost done with drawing Zira. Here you will sketch out the eyes starting with the thick bold lining. The eyebrows are sharply arched, and the shapes of the eyes resemble almonds. Draw in the detailing to her snout, then draw the wide designe   

Step 9.


For your last drawing step all you have to do is draw out the whole neck, and make sure to draw it out in the current pose. Sketch in some of her shoulder, then sketch out the loose hair on her lioness coat. Erase the mistakes, then color in the pupi   

Step 10.


When you are all done here is what Zira looks like. Now you can have a blast coloring her in.

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FLUDDCappy · 5 days ago
Looks really good!
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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: October 17, 2012
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Description: For those of you that are some hardcore Lion King fans, this lesson should please your eyes. Today I will finally upload a tutorial that will show you "how to draw Zira", step by step. If you have watched the direct to video release of the second Lion King movie called The Lion King: Simba's Pride, you should know who Zira is. She is the main antagonist who comes up with the bright idea for Kovu to befriend Kiara to get acceptance from Simba so he can sneakily join the tribe. The only thing that Zira didn't anticipate is Kovu and Kiara's affection for one another. Her plan becomes foiled when Kovu chooses to be with Kiara. She was a delight to draw even though she is one of the stray lionesses that left Pride Rock to follow Scar. I hope you enjoy drawing Zira too. Peace out people!