Lion Anatomy Drawing

Artist: Dawn / December 8, 2014
Lion Anatomy Drawing

Step 1.


Skeleton - I'm going to dissect this cat anatomy from bone to flesh. Let's observe the skeleton of a basic generic cat. Notice how the bones of a cat aren't as complex as say a human. Though this isn't an exact replica of a feline skeletal structure,   

Step 2.


Organs - Here's a simplistic breakdown of a feline's organs. Notice there isn't much here, just the basics. This reference would be great to use if you're drawing again, gory scenes or some sort of macabre which requires references of feline organs.

Step 3.


The Muscular Anatomy - Here's another breakdown of the muscular components that dress the cat. Study all the various tendon discolorations and the way the muscles intersect with one another.

Step 4.


Again, we must understand why a feline's head is shaped the way it is from the inside out. Here, I dissect the skull of a cat, and show you the teeth and the way they are formed. The upper jaw always overbites the lower jaw. If you ever stretch open    

Step 5.


Here's a lovely breakdown of the paws as many artists aren't aware of how the paw should be structured. Remember, a cat's claws are retractable, therefore, they are hidden within the paw, with only the tip of it seeping out, unlike a dog, where their   

Step 6.


Now, it's important that you know the focal points of paws, since they are the main weapons of battle for felines. 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 t   

Step 7.


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   

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: December 8, 2014
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Tags: how to draw lions, how to draw cats, how to draw felines, how to draw big cats, how to draw animal anatomy
Description: Hey everyone! Here I'm going to dissect the anatomy of the notorious safari big cat; the lion! I know everyone loves these big, beautiful cats (as do I) because of their fierce stature, rugged looks, and amazing family like pack structure. Lions have always been one of my favorite wild animal species and will remain on that list for the rest of my days. In this drawing concept you will see the lion broken down to the bare bones. This includes the skeletal look of the lion's body, a look at the skull, the many different muscles and tendons that makes up the lion's anatomy and some drawings of a lion's paw/feet in different views. If you enjoy all the anatomy drawings on the various animals I have done, then you will really like this one on lion anatomy.