How to Draw a Tiger Face


Tigers are beautiful, majestic creatures that stalk the jungle with pride. The sinewy way their muscles move with every step is breathtaking. Many artists love the challenge of capturing this wild beauty on paper. Learn how to draw a tiger face that accurately represents the proud beauty of these mighty beasts.

Things You'll Need

  • Charcoal pencil
  • Art paper
  • Reference photo (optional)
  • Capture the general shape of the tiger head with light, angular strokes. You'll do your shaping later. Right now, you want to set the lines of the tiger's head in place. Once you have the rough shape of the skull, including the rise in the brow and the point of the ears, start with the tiger's nose and work your way to the eyes. Be sure it all lines up. The positioning of the eyes will make or break the tiger's face.

  • Begin adding detail at this point. Don't worry about fur yet. Shade around the brow to enhance the way it rises, further recessing the tiger's eyes. Add shading around the eyes and refine the feline slant. Color the pupils, then lightly erase the centers to create a glint of light on each pupil. Add shading at the rim of each eye to deepen the set of the eyes.

  • Refine the shape of the tiger's nose by starting at the center point and bringing your lines down, then curving to start back toward the top of the tiger's head. Add shading at the corners of the nose to give it prominence. Use light, quick strokes to add flare to the tiger's nostrils. Shape the mouth by adding a slight downward line on either side of the nose, then forming the thin lower lip. The nose, when properly curved and added to these lines, forms the unique shape of the tiger's mouth.

  • Draw the stripes of the tiger and color them with broad, even pencil strokes. Then begin layering the fur over the tiger's face, including the stripes. The fur should be created with light, sharp strokes of the pencil. Don't draw the lines all in the same direction. Crisscross the pencil strokes and alternate direction. You'll find this gives a more realistic fur appearance.

  • Add the whiskers. Start with long, steady pencil strokes and then lightly color over each whisker. Give them enough body to stand out against the tiger's fur.

  • Put on the finishing touches. Add shading to the edges of the ears, starting dark and going light. Add random fur lines around the ears. You should now have a tiger's face worthy of framing.

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