These two Lion Drawings were created at two different times, in 2 different mediums. The first lion art was drawn in charcoal in about 1997. Heavy black charcoal, and rich red and sienna colors were used in a limited palette. Some of the white highlights are just the white of the paper, while white chalk was used extensively in other areas of the drawing. The heavy lines and deep black shapes help to enhance the power and fierceness in the lion’s pose.

The second lion drawing was made with Pens and Markers in 2003. A quick pen sketch was drawn, and then a black silhouette was filled in around the profile of the lion’s face. Gray markers and splashes of red and blue color were used to add an offbeat contrast of colors not normally seen in a lion, which gives the drawing an abstract surreal feel. White paint was also used for highlights. On each layer of the drawing, the pen and marker lines always reflect an uneasy intensity in the art.

To see more lions in a variety of artistic styles, view the Animal Drawings and Paintings art gallery, pen drawings and paint pen paintings of lions, or expressive charcoal drawings of lions in the Art Blog.

Charcoal Lion Drawing

Pen and Marker Drawing of a Lion

Lion Drawings

18 thoughts on “Lion Drawings

  • October 17, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Amazing. I love making/seeing really great art that when you look at it from a far, it resembles a pre-school art project, yet, when you get closer, it’s a really complicated and intricate piece that can be analyzed from so many different view points. Great work.

  • October 17, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks Jason! That’s a great insight!

    Feel free to link to your art in a comment. πŸ™‚

  • November 5, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    From a great mass of paint, a lion roars at me! Or is it a lion who rages against dissolving into a mass of paint?

  • November 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for the checking out my work, Capt_Poco. You’ve made an interesting comment about the medium and subject. Thanks for bringing that to light! πŸ™‚

  • January 8, 2009 at 11:05 am

    ewww it looks wird!!!!!

  • January 9, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I love the top one its very nice πŸ™‚ thumbs up

  • January 13, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Thanks, doit! πŸ˜‰

  • January 13, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Thanks, Desirable504! πŸ™‚

  • January 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    This is absolutely brilliant! Creative, rough, simplistic in it’s own way. Absolutely enchanting! I was randomly searching for lions og google when this came up. I can’t tell you how impressed I am.

    Are you a professional artist?

    Also, are you on Deviant Art? If you are a professional artist, then Deviant Art may seem a bit.. err… lame? (Can’t find the word) But it is a brilliant place to show off your work. And with artwork like this… It is absolutely excellent. I love the style of it and the fact that it’s truly one of a kind. You’re going to be an amazing world known artist some day! (Or perhaps, you already are.) But, like I said: get as much advertisment and publisity as you can. Deviant Art is one of those πŸ™‚

  • January 25, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Hi Elin,
    Thank you for your amazing comment! I appreciate your kind words and recommendation for Deviant Art! I looked at your gallery and your artwork is wonderful, you are multi-talented! Both your drawings and photography are excellent!

    I’m a hobby artist, meaning I don’t make a living off my art… but it’s still a BIG part of my life! Good luck with your artistic pursuits! πŸ™‚


  • June 8, 2009 at 6:02 pm


    I was wondering if I could get a copy of the second drawing without the url over it?


  • June 9, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Hi andrew,
    Thanks for your interest in my artwork. I have written you privately via email about your request.


  • July 22, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    ItΒ΄s beautiful and amazing. Great! I send a little compliments from Czech republic.

  • July 23, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you, Kw?ta K. πŸ™‚

  • January 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I found this artwork very inspiring… the eye-catching colours are very effective and the ‘messy’ look works well with the lion’s known attitude… it’s superb πŸ˜€

  • February 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    these are brilliant. simple yet complex. could look at them for hours. great work. the top one uses great colors to resemble a lions personality.

  • July 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    cool artwork!!!! love the top piece – was wondering did you use charcoal initially to sketck out the darker details then use paint for the reds?

  • September 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    it is amazing
    it is fabulous

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