How to Draw a Tiger Face?

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How to Draw a Tiger Face

Today I'm going to show you how to draw a tiger face. Tigers are one of the most beautiful animals on earth and they're also one of the most recognized. It's not hard to do, but it does take some time.
So grab your paper, pencils, and eraser (in that order), because we're about to get started!

Finally, we talk about them in our other blog articles, especially on our tiger guide.

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The tiger's face is quite a bit represented in the art of many Asian countries as well, angry and roaring. There, the tiger was once present, especially in South Korea and China.

Want to learn How to Draw a Tiger Face? By following this simple step-by-step tiger drawing tutorial that will be pretty realistic  By the end of this article, you will know how to draw a tiger-like image above simple shapes.

And don't worry, this drawing tutorial is made for beginners as well as advanced.

All you need is a pencil or pen and a sheet of white or Canson paper. You can also prepare an eraser to correct your mistakes. It will also be helpful for one of the next steps. Also, make sure that your pens are erasable if you use them with an eraser, for example.


In each step of this simple and tiger's head drawing guide, we offer ways to find your way. In each image, new lines added in that step are highlighted in gray, while lines from previous actions are shown in black.

Since you'll need to delete some of your first lines as you go, you may want to draw gently at first. Remember to keep the proportions even to make sure you get the drawing right. Don't hesitate to take your time.

You have the eye of the tiger, and it's time to draw a tiger!

1) Structure of the Tiger Face

Tiger Face Drawing Step 1: Construction lines

Start by drawing a large circle. Precision is not necessarily necessary. But if you are rigorous, you can remove it with a compass.

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Tiger Face Drawing Step 2:

Draw a series of short curved lines to the left of the circle. Let the lines connect into jagged points, forming a furry ruff that covers the cheek.

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Tiger Face Drawing Step 3:

Draw a symmetrical mirror image on the opposite side of the fat cat. You can do this with tracing paper if you wish.

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Tiger Face Drawing Step 4:

Erase the original circle in the background.

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Tiger Face Drawing Step 5:

Connect the tops of the lines with a series of curved lines. Each side will include a side "U" shaped line to form the tiger's ears.

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Next, connect the bottom of the figure with a series of short curved lines. The lines should meet in jagged points. This will form the chin of the beast.

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2) Tiger Face Drawing Features

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At the top of each ear, draw two curved lines that intersect at a point at each end. The curved form should be shaded. Draw some short curved lines below this curve to add detail to the ear. Draw several more curves on top of the head. Shade the curved shapes.

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Tiger Face Drawing Step 8: The tiger's eyes

Below the curved shapes, draw the eyes. Each eye will be two curved lines. Let the top line of each sight extend beyond the bottom line on both sides.

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Tiger Face Drawing Step 9

The Tiger's nose: From the corner of each eye, several curved lines extend to form the bridge of the nose.
The Tiger's muzzle: Draw a closed, curved "T" using several curved lines to create the brow stripes.

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Tiger Face Drawing Step 10

The Tiger's mouth: Draw a curved line under the nose. Connect it to the nose with a short, straight line. Draw a second curved line under the first, enclosing an irregular shape.

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Tiger Face Drawing Step 11

Draw many curved lines from the top of the mouth downward. To shape teeth, allow the lines to meet in sharp points. The far left and far correct teeth should be longer than the others. Be very careful when you start the first tooth of the fawn; it may bite you.

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Tiger Face Drawing Step 12

Draw a series of curved lines ascending from the bottom of the mouth, meeting in sharp points.

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Tiger Face Drawing Step 13

In the mouth, draw a series of curved lines that move behind the largest teeth. These lines will signal the opening of the throat and shape the tongue.

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3) Tiger Stripes and Final details

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Draw a series of closed shapes on the right side of the tiger's face (its cheeks) using curved lines. The forms should be narrow and end with a dot on each side. Draw a triangle extending under the eye. Shade the shapes.

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Repeat this drawing and shading process to produce a mirror image on the opposite side.

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Tiger Face Drawing Step 16

To show that the face is wrinkling into a snarl, draw several thick, curved lines on either side of the nose. On the top of the head, draw two more stripes.

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Tiger Face Drawing Step 17

Draw a thick zigzag stripe on each side of the mouth.

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Tiger Face Drawing Step 18

Draw thick, curved lines extending upward from the sides of both eyes.

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Tiger Face Drawing Step 19

Draw a circle inside each eye. Draw a small circle inside the first one and shade between the two processes. Shade the area between the mouth and the tongue.

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Tiger's head drawing Step 20 (Optional)

You can now color your tiger face if you wish (not if you want a white tiger). Tigers are usually orange with black stripes (but I think you know that as well as we do). You can use colored pencils, markers, or pastel pencils. It's still up to you.

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After this final step of coloring, the tiger is now finished! Congratulations and good job! Feel free to send us your tiger heads on social networks (with the #tiger_universe_store on Instagram, for example). We are eager to see them.

Tip: Spice up your tiger drawing Using Watercolors or Acrylics

Are you looking to add a little bit of flair to your painting repertoire? Then why not try painting a tiger face using watercolors or acrylics? Not only will this provide you with a unique and interesting subject matter, but it will also allow you to play around with different color combinations.

One great thing about painting a tiger face is that you can really let your imagination run wild. After all, there are an infinite number of ways that you can go about designing your painting. To get started, simply sketch out the basic outline of a tiger's face on your canvas. Once you have the basic shape down, you can begin to fill in the details.

When it comes to the actual painting, you can either go with traditional orange and black stripes or get a little bit more creative with your color choices. For instance, you could try painting a white tiger face by using shades of blue and gray. Or, if you want to add a touch of realism to your painting, you could try painting a tiger face in its winter coat. This will require adding some darker colors into the mix, but the results will be well worth it.

No matter what approach you take, just have fun with it and

You can now take it to the next level by drawing a whole tiger. We'll explain everything in another article. You can also read our other blog posts, where you'll find more fun and entertaining tutorials.

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