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How to paint a lion?

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

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

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

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!

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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