The Lion King contests

Turn it into a Lion *Contest Ended*

Make a lion design using the markings and features of a completely different animal . . .


The Aim of the Game:

To create the most interesting Lion King character design based on another animal
and give it an interesting relation to the Lion King Universe (See ****Extra Challenge**** below).

Dos and Don'ts and Other Info

Preferably do not use inspiration from another feline species - there wouldn't be that much difference or originality. The more different the species the better - I find birds and bugs the most fun and interesting.

Do be creative - be clever with how you use features and markings.
You don't have to copy the species' build features and colours exactly - rather, adapt them to suit a lion of the Lion King universe. It can be unrealistic, but not too unsual - for example, instead of giving them butterfly antennae, create a hairstyle that looks like butterfly antennae.

If there are any colours on the species that would be considered 'Sparkle' for a lion (such as bright and neon purples, greens, blues, etc), rather than use them as they are, mute them down to be more natural-looking pelt colours. Some colours could just be slightly based on the species (E.g flamingo colours made to look more peach-coloured).

Do create lion designs only - no cheetahs, leopards, other felines including weird hybrids, please.

*  4 design entries per person
* Both art and renders are allowed.

* Along with the picture, please state what animal you are basing your design on.
* Optionally, post a photo of the animal.
(Be sure to give/keep credit for all bases/photos you use

    Although the character design you create is simply that - that is,  you do not have to create a page or bio - he/she must have a name and MUST have an interesting relation to the Lion King Universe. Just a one- or two-line explanation as to how and who they are connected to - but you must not go for the easy options, such as an official character's mate/cub/crush/bestie.

Type 'Savannah' in your entry comment or put it on your entry picture, to show you've read these rules!


The 1st Place will get an animated picture / animated scene of one of their characters.
2nd Place will get a drawing of one of their characters

(I myself will choose each of the winners' characters to animate/draw as a surprise prize :) )

Deadline: 21st September.
Bear in mind this is a very short-running contest, so consider not taking too long on your design entries
(they can just be roughly done if needed).

Have fun!

Deadline for this contest : September 21, 2019

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Entries submitted :

  • 8d8018b7_048b_4563_ade8_2f8fbe4b70d6.png by therainbowbandit (September 22, 2019)
  • vlcsnap_2019_08_30_15h52m05s977.jpg by Kami (September 21, 2019)
  • vlcsnap_2019_07_26_17h49m09s801.jpg by Kami (September 21, 2019)
  • skunk.png by Bulbasaur (September 21, 2019)
  • ponylion.png by Bulbasaur (September 06, 2019)
  • pandaa.png by pawface (September 03, 2019)
  • vgrfyhjy.png by pawface (August 31, 2019)
  • salamander.png by SnowLeopard (August 30, 2019)
  • example.png by Windhowler (August 29, 2019)
  • dest.png by Bulbasaur (August 29, 2019)

Last comments

September 22, 2019
Uk Female Is not currently on the site
Thanks, Bulba! Well done!!! I'll PM you soon re. prize animation :P

September 22, 2019
Uk Female Is not currently on the site
Saur, Bulba Bulbasaur!
Wow, thank you so much! Everyone did so so well in this contest. :)

And thank YOU for making this contest! It was very interesting!! :TLKlove:

September 22, 2019
France Female Is not currently on the site
La Démone Folle
Thanks :)

September 22, 2019
Uk Female Is not currently on the site
Snowleopard: No problem, it was well-deserved. I will PM you regarding the animation prize :)

Kami: It's fine, I'm so glad you joined and appreciate all the effort you put in - I really like Nyoka's design; it was very cleverly adapted from a snake.

September 22, 2019
France Female Is not currently on the site
La Démone Folle
Congrats to the winners ! :D

Windhowler: Sorry if my designs didn't follow the contest guidelines ; I think I did them too quickly. I would pay more attention in the future ^^

September 22, 2019
Site Booster Southafrica Female Is not currently on the site
Thank you for choosing me as one of the first place winners! :D
This contest was fun, and everyone did a great job! :icon301:

September 22, 2019
Site Builder (Content), Site Builder (Gr... Uk Female Is not currently on the site
Founder of The Silver Herd
Thank you so much, Windhowler and no problem!
As I mentioned before, you have done so many great animations of my characters that I thought I'd better give the honor to someone else :) Bulba and Snowleopard's designs deserve it and everyone did a neat job :) Nice to see the creative ideas.
I really enjoyed this contest and I thank you so much for making it!!

September 22, 2019
Uk Female Is not currently on the site

First of all, thank you all who contributed. It's a shame that not everyone who joined actually participated, as I believe there was a lot of potential for entries. Nonetheless, I hope all who joined enjoyed the competion :)

There were three particular participants whose entries stood out, so I had difficulty choosing. I would have had three joint winners, but due to time constraints I have to only have two joint and one second. So here they are . . .

~Pawface's~ entry of the 'lionized sloth' Mato, takes 2nd place. Pawface graciously agreed to take 2nd place. Thank you Paw! Mato's a really, really clever idea, both in design and story.

Now, the joint winners of this contest are . . .

~SnowLeopard~ with Ichibi the lionized Mexican Salamander, whose design was so cool and whose bio made me laugh.

. . . and ~Bulbasaur~ with Mpaya the lionized horse - a very cool concept and unique relation to the Lion King Universe!

Kami, I'm afraid Nyoka and Mbuzi didn't quite make it since they didn't follow the contest guidelines, being a little too unrealistic (eg. venom, poisonous bite, horns - I was more looking for creative ways to adapt the anatomy/features into something a lion might actually have). But the concepts have potential and are very interesting, especially Nyoka's design and played part in TLK universe. Thank you!

Thanks again to all for joining this contest :)
I actually hope your entries get turned into characters - they are too good to waste!

Winners, I will PM you regarding your prizes! :D

September 21, 2019
France Female Is not currently on the site
La Démone Folle
Name: Nyoka (means snake/viper in Swahili)
Animal based on: Aspic Viper
Relation to the Lion King: She's an enemy of the Tree of Life. She has venom like snakes
and her bites are poisoned.

Name: Mbuzi (means "goat" in Swahili)
Animal based on: Dwarf Goat
Relation to the Lion King: She's smaller than average. She's a healer of the Tree of Life and a good friend of Nirmala. She usually uses plants or herbs to heal.

I didn't had a lot of time for doing it today but I hope you like it ^^

September 21, 2019
Uk Female Is not currently on the site
She's awesome, Bulba!


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