Learning how to draw a tiger gets easy when you start with a step by step tutorial. The fun part is adding all those triangles!
The tiger is the largest and most powerful cat around. They can jump up to five times the height of a human! They usually live alone, unless they have baby cubs, which stay around until they are about 2 years old. That’s the age when the cubs can hunt on their own and take care of themselves.
Tigers are covered in stripes, and each animal’s markers are unique, just like human fingerprints. This tiger tutorial helps young artists add those marks in the easiest way possible. There is a side view of the body, so they can easily be seen, but are placed in a kind of pattern all around the edge of the body.
Getting Started with Drawing Guides
You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this site have a dashed line running through the center of each step, in both horizontal and vertical directions. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, the oval for the tiger head needs to sit on the horizontal line of the paper, and centered on that side. It’s important to get that shape in a good size and place, before adding the back of the the tiger’s body to the left.
Drawing skills are all about getting the size and placement of lines on paper, so having some visual reference point to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate.
So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big fat line down the center of their paper before they start? Goodness no, please don’t! That will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. No, simply fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.
And now, on to the tiger drawing project.
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Time Lapse Drawing of a Tiger
Materials for How to Draw a Tiger
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- Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips.Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
- Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks!
Directions for How to Draw a Tiger Step by Step
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Draw a Tiger in 9 Easy Steps
- Draw the round head and mouth.
- Add the nose line, eyes, and ears.
- Start the body shape to the side as shown.
- Attach one front and one back leg.
- Draw the two remaining legs. Erase the gray lines.
- Add a nice, thick tail.
- Draw LOTS of triangles, and stripes on the tail.
- Add a safari looking background.
- Trace with a marker and color.