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How to paint a lion?
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
Lions are gorgeous and gracious felines. Their dignified posture, soft moves and sheer strength mesmerize us. However, painting lions requires some serious skills. To do that, you shouldn't only be a good artist, but also an expert in animal anatomy. Don't worry, with our tips it's going to be much easier! Here(afremov.com/LION-Palette-knife-Oil-Painting-on-Canvas-by-Leonid-Afremov-Size-24-x30.html) is a short guide on lion painting step by step.
Step #1. Sketching
Everything we paint can be essentially broken down into simple geometrical shapes. This is true for animals as well. So we're going to start by outlining our beast's head:
- Draw two vertical lines crossed by a horizontal on top and add an X beneath. We now have a sketch indicating the animal's eye line, nose, and mouth.
- At the outside corners below the horizontal, put two small circles for eyes.
- Place curves on both side of the X and another one beneath to mark the chin.
- Draw a large circle with its center a bit below the eyes. The circle should also cross the center of the X. This will be the head itself.
- Add ears on top around the size of the chin.
- Sketch the outline of the mane behind the ears and on each side of the face converging below the chin.
Step #2. Detailing
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
Now that we've done the basic job, it's time to put in a few nuances:
- Transform the original horizontal line into eyelids. Curve them in and continue down the nose sides with a slight swelling towards the X.
- The top of the X is the nose pad while its bottom is the lion's mouth.
- Above the eyes, add a couple of furrow lines and a few loose hairs in front of the ears.
- Indicate pupils, nostrils, whiskers and put in some extra strands of mane here and there for a more natural look.
Step #3. Painting
If you want to paint a lion rather than just draw, it's going to take some thinking regarding your palette. We recommend using various mixes of Burnt Umber, Burn Sienna, Cad Orange, Naples Yellow, and also basic blacks and whites.
Remember using brushes of different sizes to achieve desired texture. This is especially important while painting lion hair. Make sure all of your strokes are laid in the direction of fur growth.
Hopefully, these little tips will prove useful in your work! If you need a ready example of a lion painting to look at, here is one you'll definitely like! This colorful and stylish canvas by modern Jewish artist Leonid Afremov is performed using a special Impasto technique – that's what adds so much volume and life to his paintings. Perhaps you'll take some clues from his online art store!