How to Draw Mufasa from Lion King
Okay this is the last cartoon character I plan on doing for a while because I don't think you all just want cartoon characters to learn how to draw right? This is a tutorial on Mufasa from Disney's 1994 full length feature animated film Lion King. I know most of you know who Mufasa is, but just incase you don't I will let you in on the story line before I head straight for the tutorial. Okay the story goes like this; in a place called the Pride Lands there is a lion who is king over the whole African Plains, his name is Mufasa. Now, Mufasa and his wife give birth to an infant cub named Simba who is next in line to become king when his time comes. Mufasa is a character that has a lot of responsibilities by keeping the Pride Lands peaceful and balanced. Not only does he have to manage his duties over pride rock by keeping the hunting by his own pride under control and keeping other predators away from the animals that reside on the pride lands, he also has to show his son Simba how to be a wise, responsible adult and king when the time comes. The perfect description for Mufasa's character would be, majestic, commanding, and wise. He is also very kind and has a big generous heart and very understanding. Mufasa also has to deal with his very spiteful, bitter brother Scar. Even though Scar didn't show up for the Simba's blessing ceremony, Mufasa understands that Scar is a loner that has other motives and ideas of his own. When the time came for the great lion king to save his son from getting trampled by a gigantic heard of stampeding wildebeast, Mufasa is left in the dust struggling to stay alive for his family and kingdom. He is able to get out of the stampede and jumps with the rest of his strength onto the mountain side where he weakly crawls up the side of the mountain. Relieved to see his brother Scar he asks for his help to pull him up. Never in a million years did Mufasa think his brother by blood would ruthlessly throw him off the mountain side and fall to his death. The fall is not what killed Mufasa; it was continuously being trampled by all those wildebeast in the gorge. Mufasa's death leads to great pain for all those of the pride lands. Eventually Simba takes his place as king and Scar is destroyed by his comrades, the hyenas. This tutorial will show you in detail how to draw the majestic Mufasa from Lion King step by step. The tutorial includes informative instructions that are easy to read and understand. I hope you have with this tutorial and remember, we all play a part in the circle of life.....
Okay as you all know by now step one involves drawing out the guidelines and circle shapes to form the frame of Mufasa. Starting at the top draw a circle for the head and a boxed circle for his snout. Then on top of the head shape draw the outlines for Mufasa's mane. Move down and draw out the bold rounded shape of his body. After you get the shapes drawn out draw the guidelines for the four legs, paws, and tail.
Here in this step you will be sketching and shaping the actual body of Mufasa. Starting at the face draw in the shape of his nose, mouth and facial guidelines for the next step. Next sketch out the puffy lion mane and the last step is to fully sketch out the body by drawing out all four legs, the thickness of his tail, and all four paws. When your drawing looks like the one above you can move to step 3.
Now here in this step all you will be doing is drawing out Mufasa's face and detailing the front of his busy mane. Draw the shape of his eyes which are almond shaped, the bridge of his nose needs to be drawn out as well to show definition. Next color in the eye balls as shown and draw out the eyebrows. The next thing to do on his face is to draw in the whiskers and draw and shade in his nostrils. Move down to the bottom and draw out each toe on all four paws, and sketch in the busy tip to his lion tail. Finish up here and move down to step 4.
This is another tip I decided to include with the tutorial steps. This will show you an easy way to draw out the paws for the lions in the lion king movie or for any other cartoon lion. The best way to read this tip is to enlarge the image and read how eay it is to draw out the toes on a lions paws.
After you erase all the guidelines and circle shapes in your sketch you should end up with a drawing that look like this. Your Mufasa should stand bold and tall, with a serious looking face to show he means buisness. All that is left to do is color in the character and your all done. This concludes the tutorial on how to draw Mufasa from the lion king movie. He is a character that is timeless.
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