With distinctive stripes, beautiful orange coats, and an impressive roar that can be heard from up to three kilometers away, it is no surprise that tigers are so popular. Let’s play all part in the conversation of these majestic creatures and learn how to bring your very own tiger to life before your very eyes in just a few short steps!
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Start with a black liner, and make a small heart-shaped nose just to the left of the center of your page, roughly halfway up the page.
From the bottom of the heart shape, draw a short line heading straight down, with a short, curved line at the bottom – this will form the nose and the top of the mouth of your tiger.
Return to the top of the heart shape, and draw a tall, thin semi-circle heading up from the top of the heart – this will be the nose of the tiger.
Next, add two more semi-circle shapes, one on each side of the heart, moving from the edges of the curved line, up to meet the curves at the top of the heart.
Add a rounded rectangular shape to the bottom of the trio you just drew.
Now, add two small oval shapes, each at a 45-degree angle, just above the semi-circle of the nose.
Just inside each of these small ovals, draw a line around halfway up, and fill in the bottom to create the eyes.
Add another circle shape around both of these ovals…
Before adding three curved shapes between the eyes and moving up towards the top of the page. These should be almost crescent in shape.
Now, add a line just above the top crescent shape you just made. This should have a bump at either end, joined with a slightly curved line across the top of the crescent shapes – this is the top of the head of the tiger.
Add a curved line to connect the bottom of each “bump” back to the top, and then add another smaller oval shape just inside to add detail to the ear.
Now, add a curved line descending down from each air, meeting at the bottom with the curved line of the mouth.
Next, add another shape on the outside of these two lines, almost like a crescent moon, to make up the face of the tiger.
Add a series of small lines emerging from the heart-shaped nose, to create some whiskers for tiger…
And then add a few lines to the sections on either side of the face, to add texture and fur.
Now, add long curved lines on either side of the face, moving inwards, to make sure that your tiger has the stripes they need on their face.
Your tiger needs a body! Start by moving to the right-hand side of the face, bringing a long, smooth line, down and across at roughly a 45-degree angle. Just at the top of this, where line starts to curve downward, add another line coming from the right-hand side of the mouth, down to meet the long line you just created.
At the bottom of the long line, bring the line out slightly to curve across to the right, and back up at around a 45-degree angle – this is your tiger’s front leg.
Now, return to the right-hand side of the face, and bring a slightly curved line across to the right ending around an inch and a half from the right-hand side of the page.
At the end of this line, draw a tail by bringing two parallel curved lines up towards the top right-hand corner of the page, and joining them at the tip with a curved line. Did you know that tigers and other cats use their tails to balance?
From the bottom of the tail, bring another line down curving out slightly, before curving back in and heading straight down, curving at the bottom, and then curving up and across towards the top left-hand side of the page. This is the tiger’s back leg.
Connect the front and back legs with a curved line, moving horizontally across the page.
Next, add another leg just behind the front – bring a line down at a slight angle, flick out and across, and bring it back up to join the line of the belly.
Repeat this at the back to create the other back leg – bring a line down, across at a 45-degree angle, slightly across and curving up at the top, back up at a 45-degree angle parallel with the first, and flicked back up to join the belly.
Now, bring another line from just above the front foot, following the line of the belly curving up and across.
Repeat this on the second front leg, so that you have almost divided it into two sections.
Repeat this on the front back leg…
And then once again on the back leg, this time curving up and continuing the line up to the tail.
Every tiger needs some stripes! Add a series of long, thin stripes all across the body reaching from the top of the back down to the belly. In between these long stripes, add smaller shapes. Don’t forget to add stripes to the legs!
Now, add a series of small stripes moving up the tail, by making short, curved marks across the width of the tail.
Then, add some more stripes moving up and across the length of the tail.
Draw two more stripes on the back leg.
Now for some detail to the toes; add two short, slightly curved lines to each of the paws, to create the toes of your tiger – these are also very important for balance.
Now grab a pink pen and fill in the heart-shaped nose.
Use a light blue pen to add color to the underside of the belly, the backs of the legs, the bottom of the tail, the chest, on the sides of the face. You can also add some color to the bottom of the face.
Switch to a blue pen and use this to fill in the remainder of the body of the tiger, leaving the stripes white.
Finally, use a black pen to carefully fill in each of the stripes, and complete your tiger drawing.
And there we have it; in just a few simple steps, you have brought your very own stunning blue tiger to life. Why not try creating a companion, this time trying out a new color or shade?
Of all the beautiful creatures which roam our planet, the tiger is, without a doubt, one of the most majestic. Their distinctive striped coats make them instantly recognizable from other big cats – and the fact that no two tigers have the same stripes helps to make them completely unique.
They also have the privileged status of being the largest wild cats on the planet – an adult can weigh up to 363 kg – that is roughly the same weight as ten ten-year-old put together – and may measure up to 3.3 meters in length – you wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of them when they’re in a bad mood!
Like many big cats, tigers are carnivores, and this means that their diet consists solely of meat – they mainly eat other large mammals, with creatures such as pigs, antelope and deer featuring high on the menu. Tigers will typically hunt alone, unlike other creatures such as lions, and they prefer to search for their food at night – this gives them the element of surprise.
Reaching speeds of up to 65 km/h, the tiger is a formidable predator, feared by many smaller creatures. They can also swim, and this offers another avenue for them to stalk their prey, as well as cool off after a hot day’s hunting – a pool or stream can be a welcome relief.
Sadly, poachers and hunters have reduced the numbers of tigers in the wild, but there are a number of conservation programs attempting to rebuild their population and ensure that tigers remain a beautiful present throughout the wilds of the world.