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How To Draw A Tiger

How To Draw A Tiger

So many of you have asked me to do a tutorial on how to draw a tiger. After quite a while of putting it off, today’s the day. This isn’t necessarily the easiest tutorial I have ever done, but I will try to make is both as complete, and easy as I know how. Let’s get started!

For other big cat tutorials, check out how to draw a cheetah, or lion!

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

What you’ll need:

As you can probably guess, the first step in drawing our tiger is to draw a large oval which will become the midsection of the tiger’s body.

Near the front of the oval from the previous step, draw two more smaller circles which will be the head and snout of the tiger. These circles should intersect just slightly, and the downward-most circle should be just a little smaller than the top one.

Next, draw in your tiger’s two front legs. For this pose, we will be drawing our tiger to look like it is walking. To create this look, draw the left leg of the tiger up off the ground just a bit.

Do the same for the tiger’s rear legs. Drawing its legs in three separate shapes, as in the image on the left, will help you to keep your proportions correct.

The main difference between the front and back legs of your tiger, is that the rear thighs are about twice as thick as the front legs.

Flesh out your tiger’s head and face by extending the outline of the tiger’s head, as shown in the image on the left, and giving him a couple ears.

Draw in your tiger’s triangular nose near the bottom of its head, and give him a couple large, round eyes.

*Tip: Tigers don’t have slitted pupils like house cats. Rather, their pupils are round like a human or dog.

Draw in your tiger’s tail, and erase all the guidelines from the shapes you drew in the previous steps, and you should be left with a nearly finished tiger.

All that is left to do is to draw in your tiger’s stripes. Follow the pattern of stripes in red shown in the image on the left. This will give you an idea of how they should look on your tiger.

*Tip: When drawing your tiger’s stripes, be sure to make the stripes follow the curves of the tiger’s body (never straight up and down, or across). This will help to add shape and volume to your drawing.

And here it is… our finished tiger. I am on a bit of a time crunch, so for the sake of simplicity, I didn’t darken in the tiger’s stripes– but you get the idea.

Notice how just the addition of the stripes which hug the curves of the tiger, give it shape and form without even any shading.

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