In this tutorial I will explain how to draw adorable lion head step by step using Inkscape. All the tools we used here are the basic ones so this is really friendly for beginner.
Activate the Pen Tool (Shift+F6), Create a roughly shaped heart. Only six nodes, like in the picture below.
Paint it with brown color.
Activate the Page Grid from View menu (or just simply press #). Pick the Shape tool from Toolbar (F2).
Fix the nodes position of the heart object, make it more symmetrical. This object will be the head object.
Tips: there are so much boxes on it and slows our work if we have to count it one-by-one everytime right? You can get rid of counting by creating a rectangular object from the edge to the middle. And then Duplicate it and drag it to the other side.
Now we have to create the face. We can create the face using Poligon tool on the Toolbar.
Make sure you choose the Regular Poligon on the Property bar.
Create the poligon, the size is smaller than the head object.
Normal poligonal object only have one handle. We have to make it more editable. Select the poligon object and then press Ctrl+Shift+c. It will convert the poligonal object to a path and make it more editable. You can do this from Path menu as well.
Double click it quickly (The object will be in Shape tool mode) and now you see we have 5 nodes in it.
Still in the Shape tool mode, Press Ctrl+A. All nodes will automatically selected.
We are going to make all that curved lines become straight. Click the Make selected segment lines on Property bar. Now the lines are straight.
Now we back to the head object to fit this poligon object there as the face. Make the poligon object smaller, use the grid to place the node precisely.
Paint it with yellow color.
We will draw the eyes in this step. We can simply draw the eye using Ellipse tool (F5). Hold Ctrl while creating it to make it a perfect circle.
Tips: Don’t hesitate to use the zoom tool in order to get better view and better drawing.
Then we need a little light reflection to make it better to look. Just duplicate the circle object, make it much smaller and put it near the corner of the eyes. Paint it White.
Time to create the nose. Create the nose using Ellipse tool too. This time no need to hold the Ctrl key because we need to create it more longer to the side.
We need to create the mouth as well. We will use Pen tool on this one. Draw the mouth like this below. Fix it using Shape tool.
And then paint it black and remove the stroke.
We will give it a background with smooth color and good constrast. I think this smooth pink is suitable for it. And this tutorial of making adorable lion is done.
Use Rectangle tool to make the background.
The color code is:
You may add your own final touch the the image like giving it half shadow. To give it halpf shadow, you need to duplicate head and face object nd then cut them in half. Recolor it with darker color using the color wheel.
That’s all. This is should be easy enough for beginner. Once you done drawing with this one, another animal will be fun to draw too. Thanks for reading.