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Lion tutorial by Nalana Lion tutorial by Nalana
Well, I know some people on here aren't familar with animals so I thought I'd make a general "how to" sheet. Note: My anatomy isn't good even with refs. So I'm not the best to look at for that. Also, action lines (motion lines) help some people.

Images refed for the two sketches:
first: [link]
second: [link]

note, I just googled these and didn't use permission. I wouldn't recomment that. There are a TON of stock photo galleries out there. I HIGHLY recommend if your not used to drawing lions or big cats that you get a ref pic of a big cat. (If you can't find a lion, try a panther. Or really any other big cat. To be truthful, house cats have similar positions but not anatomy. But if you jsut need help with the pose, they're fine to ref.)

sorry it's so big. and I hope it helps! If you'd like something like on how to do exspressions or just paws or something like that, let me know!
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:iconchlorophylltheleaf:
Chlorophylltheleaf Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oouuwww......;_;
It's really helpful....
Thank you so much!:"D
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:iconchlorophylltheleaf:
Chlorophylltheleaf Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oouuwww......;_;
It's really helpful....
Thank you so much!:"D
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:iconunicornchic:
unicornchic Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is oing to be very helpfull im just learning to draw lions so this will help alot im glad i found it
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist
glad it's still helping people!
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:iconunicornchic:
unicornchic Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep it makes it easy to draw lions
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Sarafan206 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Student General Artist
uh...big CARS???? hahahaha! :D cool tutorial by the way!
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:iconlittlebaypony98:
LittleBayPony98 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks soo much for this tutorial ^^ totally helping me out here <3
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:iconabstract-dreamer:
abstract-dreamer Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i need help on cat faces..can you help me with that?
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist
I could try! What kind of help do you need?
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:iconabstract-dreamer:
abstract-dreamer Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i have trouble with drawing just the cat face, im not sure how to put it, but yeah i can draw the eyes but not the acctual build of the face. im not sure if that makes help but yeah, i need help.:)
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veelafleur Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
hmm the idea is good, i like to draw it freehand as well tho xD hmm it would look a little better in ink, if the lines were more confident, they are kinda shaky you know? anyways, good one for 15 minutes for work ^^ :P
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:iconyou-want-a-name:
You-want-a-name Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
wow
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Hobbyist
o.o ..er...thanks?
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:iconcallmesaytan:
callmesaytan Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
xD I actually find it easier to do freehand than this, but good tutorial.
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Hobbyist
I think it's easier freehand, too, don't get me wrong. (It was actually a pain to try to think of how I would do it this way.) But it was done on a whim. I appreciate the input thought!
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abcameronxyz Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
yea i agree completly i think this way makes it more complicated then it already is even though its a great tutorial
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Hobbyist
*nodnod* as said above it was actually harder for me to do it this way then to just...draw. But it was a shot at something. *shrug* It's good to have input though. I was considering making a newer one as these were thrown together quite quickly years ago... and people seemed to like it. *shrug*
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:iconabcameronxyz:
abcameronxyz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
yea thats cool
if u do reupload one
is it gonna be like this or dif.
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Hobbyist
it's gonna be similar but not quite. It's hard to explain. It would be a step by step how I draw but I'm gonna go a little bit out of my way and take a couple steps that I wouldn't normally.
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:iconabcameronxyz:
abcameronxyz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
freehand or circles
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Hobbyist
a mixture of both. I mean more of freehand, as it's gonna be drawn freehand,but I'll incert a this is the central shape type thing...Sorry like I said it's hard to explain.
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abcameronxyz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
ok yea thats cool

sorry for posting the cmnt twice it said

it failed i gues it lied baahaha ha

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:iconabcameronxyz:
abcameronxyz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
r u gonna do circles again
or free hAND
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:iconafiwolf1353:
afiwolf1353 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
wow! this realy helps tank you so much!!!!!
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Hobbyist
I'm glad it's useful!
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:iconnutmeg360:
nutmeg360 Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
I was in desperate need of this!!!
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Hobbyist
Aww *petpet* I'm glad it could help!
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:iconnutmeg360:
nutmeg360 Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
MAN!!!! I wish My scanner fuckin worked and i'd show ya my progress!!!! But time waits for no man-meaning I'll just have to be patient!!!
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner May 24, 2008  Hobbyist
Aww! I'm sorry you're having problems!
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:iconnutmeg360:
nutmeg360 Featured By Owner May 25, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
That's ok. Practice makes perfect right!
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FujinEinjeru Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
This is really helpful for the kinds of lions I was looking for, thanks! *Faves*
I'd like to see the tutorials for expressions, too. This one was great!
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leovandamon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks. It was very helpfull.
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Hobbyist
I"m glad to hear that!
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:iconmysticaldreamzess:
mysticaldreamzess Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Student Artist
you saved my sorry ass! OMG
thank god you were born! or else i could have never have drawn the lion for my contest!!! the contest title is The Wizard Of Oz, so naturally there should be a lion. >;) thank you so much for this tutorial. you are my god!
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Hobbyist
Woah. A GOD...for a fifteen min tutorial. Heck yea! XD

I'm really glad you found this helpful!
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mysticaldreamzess Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Student Artist
lol, but u really saved my life there!!! *bows* omggg. 15 minutes only?!?! O.o
are u KIdDING?!?!?!?!?!
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mysticaldreamzess Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Student Artist
omggg. but anywaz. this tutorial really saved my freaking life. :) i still cannot believe it only took 15 minutes. *sigh* ur so good at tutorials and lions and struff.
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Hobbyist
*nodnod* if I remember correctly the actual drawings only took 15-20 mins together. It was a couple years ago. They're really not that great. I've been considering doing more... but gosh, I'm so out of practice with lions now. ;.; It makes me sad.
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Monkey57 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
This is really cool! But can I suggest just one thing? Did you use a ballpoint pen? Felt tip pens are easier to outline with! ^^ Luff Ur work!
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist
oh of course they do! ^.^ This was just.. an insanely quick thing. I can't believe it still gets comments and favs. This world is mad. So mad. XD

Thanks for commenting, and you're too sweet!
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:iconmonkey57:
Monkey57 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
:3 no prob!
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:iconallah-13:
Allah-13 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
Thanks! I found this very helpful!
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Hobbyist
I'm glad!
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alexiskristine87 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
THANK YOU SOOO SOOO SOOO MUCH! i HAVE BEEN TRYING TO LEARN TO DRAW "TLK" LIKE-NESS FOREVER! ha! tHANK YOU SOO MUCH!
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Hobbyist
o.o yikes! I'm glad to see that it was so helpful after all this time. *chuckles*
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:iconalexiskristine87:
alexiskristine87 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
lol. Well it was! Thanks so much again, and i love your work- you are a really good artist!
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:iconboot67:
boot67 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
Ok so do you just Like download this to get the tutorial?
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Hobbyist
If it's not showing up, that should work.
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rebeccainanime Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
it kicks ass, my friend adores lions so im giving my pic to her ^^
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:iconnalana:
Nalana Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Hobbyist
Aww! Thank you! I'm glad you found it useful!
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