Friday, January 13, 2012

tiger art

How to Draw a Tiger

The tiger (scientific name Panthera tigris) is one of the most admired animals of the Felidae (cat) Family. There was a time when tigers were commonly found throughout Asia, but over the years, their numbers have dropped considerably. Dense forests, mangrove swamps, grasslands, and savannahs tend to be the general habitats of tigers where they can find prey (all small animals) and water in abundance.

The steps below explain how to draw a tiger:
Things you will need:
1. Drawing Paper
2. Drawing pencils
3. Eraser
4. Paints and brushes
Structure: Begin by drawing a small circle. Then towards the right, a little lower to this small circle, draw two big circles parallel to each other, leaving a little space in between. The small circle will form the face, while the big ones will result in the upper and lower body of the tiger.
• Face: In the middle of the small circle, draw a small curvy triangle for the tiger's nose. Then draw a big 'w' under it, the middle of which touches the centre of the triangle. This will form the upper lip. Give it slight shading and add the whiskers. Just below the 'w' draw a small 'u' and another big square 'u' just outside the small u. This gives shape to the mouth and chin of the tiger. Add pointed teeth at the corners of the mouth. Add eyes making sure their outer ends are slightly pointed upwards. Add two curvy lines to create cheeks. Tigers generally have some mushy fur around their face. To achieve it, create curvy lines and then merely scribble over them. Make two small triangles a little apart at the top of the circle to make the ears and add some muzzle in between.
• Body: Draw a line touching the top of both the big circles to form spine. Pull a curvy line from the lower end of the first big circle. This line should be arced downwards for the chest, rising slightly for the waist and then meeting the lower end of the other circle.
• Limbs: Draw four receding curves tracked at the lower ends of both the circles to form the legs. The legs should be slightly thick. Now, draw the paws. Do not forget to add some muzzle of fur on the upper part of the legs. At the end of the spine, add a well-defined tail with some mesh of fur at the beginning.
Final changes:
Now that your structure and features are ready, you can reinforce all the lines and rub off the circles. After you are done, you can start working on the stripes of the tiger. To make your tiger look more believable, it is a good idea to refer to a photograph for the shapes and positioning of the stripes. The stripes are a slight broad 'v' shape. Finally, a dash of the right colors can breathe some life into your tiger.
Annette Labedzki received her BFA at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. She has more than 25 years experience. She is the founder and developer of an online art gallery featuring original art from all over the world. Please visit the website at It is a great site for art collectors to buy original art. Artists can join for free and their image upload is unlimited.

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