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How to Draw a Tribal Mask

Learn how to draw a Tribal Mast with this easy step by step tutorial. Their large simple shapes are perfect practice for young artists learning how to draw faces.

How to Draw a Tribal Mask
How to Draw a Tribal Mask

The fun part about studying primitive masks is learning just how many different looks there are, spread across many different ages and cultures. Even just a quick google search will show you what I mean.

The one thing the masks all seem to have in common though is that they have simple, exaggerated features made in big and bold ways. Colors too are all chosen to get the most attention, so you can understand why they might be so much fun for kids to draw.

This mask drawing is just one possibility. Its very dramatic features can certainly be filled in with natural colors, or over-the-top bright ones like the example here. Students will love coming up with their own version.



Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw an African Mask

  1. Start with a simple U shape.

  2. Draw two eye shapes on the line.

  3. Add a brow line above the eyes.

  4. Draw a nose and mouth.

  5. Add two cheek shapes.

  6. Draw two ears.

  7. Add stripes on the forehead.

  8. Trace with a marker and color.

  9. Finish with hair shapes on top.

Another color idea for a mask drawing

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