In this tutorial, I will show you how to paint a fast yet impressive on-the-job lion! This design will make your line run fast and your clients roar with happiness. 😉
- Large filbert brush (I used Paradise Makeup AQ 816)
- Small filbert brush (I used Loew Cornell 7500c series n.8)
- No. 4 round brush (I used Loew Cornell 795 series)
- No. 3 round brush (I used Loew Cornell 795 series)
- No. 2 round brush (I used Loew Cornell 795 series)
- Round-ended sponge (I used Diamond FX sponge)
- Glycerin-based white paint (I used Kryolan)
- Diamond FX Essential golden yellow
- Diamond FX Essential brown
- FAB Copper shimmer
- Diamond FX Essential pink
- Diamond FX Essential black
- Diamond FX Essential white
- Q-tip (cotton-bud, biodegradable) for lipstick (optional)
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Step 1. Mark out the muzzle area and sketch the face shape
With Kryolan white and a small filbert brush, I painted the muzzle area, making sure it was very rounded. The muzzle should be extended outwards, at least to the midpoint of each of the model’s eyes.
Using the edge of the large filbert brush and some golden yellow paint, I then sketched out the shape of the head: starting at the outer corner of the eye, I made a slightly curved line down to meet the middle point of the muzzle, where it is at it’s roundest. I quickly painted the shape under the eye and repeated the process on the other side.
To mark the top half of the face, I made another curved line from the outer corner of the eye upwards, past the outer tip of the eyebrow, and stopping about 0.5 cm above it. I then repeated the process on the other side of the face.
Sketching the ears, I made sure they extended out further than the rest of the face and that the inner ear line pointed towards the middle of the face. I then joined the ears with a curved line to mark the top of the face.
Step 2. Fill in the face shape
After the shape was sketched, it was really easy to fill in the block with yellow, using the large filbert brush.
I waited for the paint on my brush to dry a little and go slightly sticky and then I dragged the yellow paint further down the nose, making a flicking motion with the brush.
Extending the yellow sideways past the bridge of the nose gives the illusion of a wide nose, typical of big cats.
Step 3. Create shadows and textures
I loaded one end of the sponge with copper shimmer paint and created the eyebrow markings, so distinctive in large cats. They sit partially on the eyebrow and at a 45° vertical angle, pointing to the center of the face.
To make the forehead markings, I made a triangular patch with the copper shimmer, then turned the sponge over and used the clean sponge back to blend the edges into the yellow.
If the paint is already too dry to blend, pick up some yellow on the back of the sponge, and use it to blend the copper edges out. I then loaded the other end of the sponge with brown and created the ear and the eyeshadows.
4. Mark out the mane
I thoroughly washed my large filbert brush, reloaded it with brown, and painted the mane patches, making sure the widest was on the top of the head and the narrowest part touched the muzzle.
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5. Add the fur and nose
Using the edge of the same brush I created a fluffy look to the mane, making sure the spikes of fur all follow the curve of the face and point down towards the direction of the nose.
Next, with a no. 4 round brush, I added a pink triangle for the nose. Again, I made sure the pink extended beyond the model’s actual nose to help with the illusion of the wide lion nose.
6. Outline in black
Using the no.3 round brush and DFX black I outlined everything, starting with the muzzle, then ears, fur, nose, and finally the eye arches.
7. Add the white highlights
To make the design pop out, I added white highlights on the mane, top of the ears and nose with the no. 2 brush and DFX white. I also added a few white whiskers.
And to finish it off, loading a damp cotton bud with copper paint, I gave my model lovely shimmery lips (optional).
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